around london 2017 [part 2]

flashing lights, lights, lights

i didn’t get to see as much of London towards the end of the year as i did an insane amount of traveling for work – one week in particular i clocked up a flight a day around europe. it was great to see new places but it was exhausting and i just wanted to get back to london. on my last flight we made an approach to Heathrow and i looked out of the window to catch a glimpse of home 

it wasn’t the view i expected: it was the beginning of autumn and instead of a crispy September evening i was welcomed back to a bleak city choking in smog and a sea of fuzzy red dots stretching out to the horizon. i was confused and i shook it off as a fatigued hallucination. things cleared up a bit but i still couldn’t make out anything except for fields of red lights bursting through the haze. i realised these were aircraft warning lights on the tops of high-rise buildings, towers and cranes and with london being a more vertically challenged city, they were more or less on the same plane. it was bizarre but i felt a bit threatened by the city below me. when we came into land i felt down like i didn’t belong here.

what i witnessed looked like the opening shot of Blade Runner – a film that doesn’t really paint a sprawling metropolis in the best light. inspired by this view from the flight i wanted to capture a more positive moment of the London cityscape. im not the best with heights but i’m slowly working my way up to finding some good vantage points. i think i found the perfect one: a few weeks later i arranged dinner at the top of 30 st mary axe. the Gherkin has great views of Alexandra Palace to the north and Battersea park to the south. i spent november 5th with great food and company watching fireworks completely light up the city. it was incredible and i felt like it brought me back home.

below is the second half of the best things ive seen in (and around) london. to see more, i’m most active on instagram stories:

Bernar Venet Looking Forward:1961-1984 at Blain|Southern

Nathalie Du Pasquier From time to time at Pace Gallery

Gabriel Kuri Afterthought is Never Binary at Sadie Coles HQ

Adrián Villar Rojas From the Series ‘The Theater of Disappearance’ at Marian Goodman Gallery

The Place is Here at South London Gallery

Emma Hart Mamma Mia! at Whitechapel Gallery

Camille Walala WALALA X PLAY at NOW Gallery

Gregory Crewdson Cathedral of the Pines at The Photographers Gallery

Playground Structure at Blain|Southern

Dreamers Awake at White Cube

Plywood: Material of the Modern World at V&A

Prototypes & Experiments IX at The Aram Gallery

Adidas EQT Creator Studio at Victoria House

Quentin Blake The Life of Birds at House of Illustration

Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan at House of Illustration

Frieze Sculpture 2017 at Regent’s Park

London Design Festival ‘High Tide for Carmen’ by Es Devlin at V&A

London Design Festival ‘Metropolis’ by Lubna Chowdhary at V&A

London Design Festival Design Frontiers 2017 at Somerset House

LCD Soundsystem at Alexandra Palace

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent at Somerset House

Pablo Bronstein Ways of Seeing at RIBA

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? at Wellcome Collection

Beyond Memories at 10 Thurloe Place

Fahrelnissa Zeid at Tate Modern

Bruce Nauman Artist Rooms at Tate Modern

EVERYTHING AT ONCE’ Lisson Gallery x Vinyl Factory at Store Studios, 180 The Strand

Frieze London 2017 at Regent’s Park

[out of london] GDFS: International Poster Exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Simeon Barclay The Hero Wears Clay Shoes at Tate Britain

Fleet Foxes at 02 Academy Brixton

Virgil Abloh and Ben Kelly Ruin at Store Studios, 180 The Strand

Katharina Grosse This Drove My Mother Up the Wall at South London Gallery

Thomas Ruff Photographs 1979 – 2017 at Whitechapel Gallery

Leonor Antunes the frisson of the togetherness at Whitechapel Gallery


Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain

[out of london] Christian Dior, couturier du rêve at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

IMPULSE at Pace Gallery

Kati Heck Heimlich Manoeuvre at Sadie Coles HQ

Wim Wenders Instant Stories. Wim Wenders’ Polaroids at The Photographers Gallery

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism at Saatchi Gallery

Ferrari: Under the Skin at Design Museum

Beazley Designs of the Year 2017 at Design Museum

Michael Armitage The Chapel at South London Gallery

Basquiat Boom for Real at Barbican

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future at Tate Modern

John Akomfrah Purple at Curve, Barbican

Hiroshi Sugimoto Snow White at Marian Goodman Gallery

Dan Colen Sweet Liberty at Newport Street Gallery

all photos shot on iPhone 6s + iPhone X. edited in VSCO