Photographer Spots Patterns And Shapes In Everyday Life, Creates Beautiful Minimal Photos

Photographer Spots Patterns And Shapes In Everyday Life, Creates Beautiful Minimal Photos

Helena Georgiou, a Cypriot photographer known for her collection of ordinary people has a large collection of minimal photography. Continue reading »

“Anti-Selfies”: Artist Lies Facedown In Tourist Spots And Pretends To Be Dead

"Anti-Selfies": Artist Lies Facedown In Tourist Spots And Pretends To Be Dead

STEFDIES is a photographic performance art series that chronicles a life. Each photo is an “anti-selfie” that strives to get back to the roots of what a photograph was intended to be- a captured moment in time. Continue reading »

The New London Hot Spots? Cafés That Used to Be Public Toilets

A trip to the toilet is usually not associated with sandwiches, wine, or dates, but that’s changing in London. With real estate at a premium and the repurposing of old spaces in full effect, a trend has emerged: former public restrooms are reopening as cafés, restaurants, and boutiques. That’s right, forget the advice about not eating where people used to, um …

London has all kinds of history, and that extends to its loos. Take, for instance, WC – that’s the actual name of the former Victorian-era underground-station toilet in South London that opened in July. It now stands for wine and charcuterie.

WC, a wine bar that opened in July, is housed inside an abandoned underground toilet, with original walls intact. Much of the old décor remains, with the original floor mosaics and wall tiles, and even some of the old toilets in the restrooms (those are for display only). As Time Out London said in its review, “Down the wide stairs it still looks and feels like a Victorian convenience, albeit a sanitised one.”

WC co-founder Jayke Mangion, told AFP that “the government has been pushing the councils to use all empty places to generate revenues.”

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If you want an even bolder toilet theme, just head to The Attendant in central London, where you can sit on a stool and have a salt- beef bagel while actually facing an original 1890s urinal. The toilet cisterns have been turned into flower pots.
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Seeing spots: Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at Tate Modern

The polka dot-obsessed octogenerian artist Yayoi Kusama’s work has gone from free love and foraging in the 50s and 60s to infinity rooms filled with mirrors and twinkling lights in this decade. Her life has seen body parties in Andy Warhol’s Factory and friendships with Georgia O’Keeffe, Donald Judd and Joseph Cornell – and this retrospective takes it all in. At Tate Modern, London from 9 February to 5 June 2012. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian.

Seeing spots: Yayoi Kusama Exhibition at Tate Modern
The octogenarian artist photographed in front of Yellow Trees (1994). This is the first time Kusama has left Japan in 12 years. Continue reading »