Friday, March 27, 2009

Designer Breakfast on 26th March @ the St Bride Library

On Thursday I attended my first Designer Breakfast, mixing with an eclectic crowd of creatives intent on networking and learning useful things about how to run and grow their businesses.

This breakfast asked the question: How do you band together as a group of equals with a shared set of values and an eye on the big project? How do you organise in a way that is equitable, viable and rewarding? Amanda Tatham welcomed us and introduced the speakers.

Claudie Plen of specialist change consultancy Edge Thinking gave an interactive seminar that addressed the must-ask questions of successful collaboration today. She did so in an authoritative and engaging way, with lots of audience participation. We had to work! I came away with some useful ideas on structuring work collaboratively, with ticklists of issues that need to be addressed if planning to do so successfully and enjoyably.

Paul Richards then presented an example of such successful collaboration by talking about his agency, Be Like Water, a fluid agency of partner professionals united by an idea – creating better work in a better way.He is a man with a compelling use of language and one phrase remains with me - people are what they show they are and not what they tell they are.

Many people stayed on afterwords to discuss these and other matters further. I will endeavour to return next month's Designer Breakfast and thereafter as it really was a morning well spent.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sloane Street one evening in London

The other day, I walked along Sloane Street, at the Knightsbridge end, skirting Cadogan Gardens with my trusty Leica M8 in my hand and spotted the following:

Why is NO! the main thing said at the entrance to public and private spaces??

Here the lovely light caught my eye, nature, fenced off and lit.

On Sloane Street it self I was amused by "reopenig soon" sign at the Roberto Cavali store making me think "did the sign writer have a cold?"
Finally it all came together in this picture with beautiful colour and light in the mundane - Thank you Leica!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

This is a simply amazing video using Tilt Shift techniques and has really cool music as a bonus - Enjoy!


Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Kensington Gardens 15 March 2009

This Sunday, I visited the Serpentine Gallery then strolled nearby snapping away with my Leica M8 and 21mm F.2.8 lens. The light was beautiful and everyone was enjoying the first day of spring - or so it felt!



The grounds around the gallery were all marked out for some forthcoming project, which created some interesting imagery.



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Friday, March 06, 2009

Artisans: Keith Platt - Furniture Restorer & Maker


The Artisan project is a series of portraits of some of England's best craftsmen who use their hands, skills and experience to create a wide range of beautiful objects and often to restore old and damaged examples of fine work to their former glory.

Keith Platt, the first subject of my Artisan project was a most gracious host who showed me how he works restoring and creating beautiful furniture in his Cotswolds workshop.

You can see a slideshow of the photo session, which I shot using a Fuji Finepix S5 pro, a Leica M8 and Elinchrom flash. Some shots were taken just using available light.



Please feel free to put forward someone you admire with those skills and aspirations, working within a few hours drive from central London and who might be interested in taking part in this project, which is planned to culminate in an exhibition with an accompanying book at the end of the year.

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