April 20, 2013

Just wanted to say I am still there, working very hard, but come back in some time, not too long, and there will be some news! Sometimes you have to prioritize and blogging has to come after many many other things at the moment. I miss it though...

In the meantime, you can check my flickr or follow me on instagram (http://instagram.com/#hardyvivi)

see you all soon!!

March 04, 2013

breath of fresh air

Hey friend! Long time no see! Winter has been a bit long and I was working non stop creatively hibernating BUT the sun has come back, and my body and creativity are awake again, we will need to catch up! 
Yesterday was such a great, I just wanted to share some springy photos of plants. I paid my first visit to the Barbican Conservatory, a beautiful haven in the busy city... Gave me a lot of energy!


January 15, 2013

January 13, 2013

addition

There is another 'new year resolution' I forgot to add to last weeks post... Since Christmas and even before, I have been thinking about giving presents and receiving them. This last Christmas I made a point in making most of my presents. And I had a really great time!
Presents don't need to be big, they don't need to cost much either... Little attentions are so much more thoughtful, getting a postcard, a handwritten note from someone can be the most priceless things. So when someone spends time thinking of you while make something, it is very special.

I was discussing the issue with various people who were sharing their experience of getting a present with 'no meaning' from someone who clearly didn't know them. A present, to me, is a way to connect, by showing someone you know them, of wanting to tell them you were thinking of them at a certain time. Knowing the person, giving a gift, yes. Presents are overrated, there's so much pressure to always buy buy buy...

Ok, you might think I am over thinking this too much, and yes ok, I am not claiming I get it 100% right everytime - I just try and enjoy the art of giving and putting as much thoughts and effort everytime I give someone something. Because I have observed the pre-Christmas rush, it was a really fascinating experience, watching people buy absolutely anything just to tick names off their lists of presents to buy. No thought there... just waste.

Right, I am not saying I will not buy anything, for example, I gave my sister some of her favourite British cheese as one of her little Christmas gifts. She was absolutely thrilled, this sort of purchase may be an exception to home made - yes I am not yet able to make cheese myself!

January 08, 2013

rainrooms

I finally got round to seeing the Rain Room by Random International at the Barbican Centre.

The experience was probably not as 'magical' as I expected it to be but definitely worth the 2 hours wait. The most interesting for me probably was to do with the light, through the rain drops, around people's silhouettes... It was incredible being surrounded by rain like that and I wish I could have stayed in there for longer. But everyone gets a fair amount of time and you have to leave space for others to enjoy... I managed to get some interesting photos, none of them were what I was aiming for or expected - this mainly due to my lack of practice with my camera in some situations -  but the colours and effects it created instead are far better and more inspiring!
 
My advice if you are planning to go and see it: Go on a week day and get there as early as you can before the space opens! And bring a book or a friend to keep you waiting!