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Monday, 13 August 2018

As part of our upcoming event, The Diary of a Teenage Girl: A Cinematic Happening, comic artist Jade Sarson will be illustrating messages of advise to your younger self. We asked our staff team what words of wisdom they wish they could have told themselves...

Don't give up your hobbies just because it's not in the strict career plan – keep enjoying acrobatics, paper crafts, and writing for fun
Take time to heal friendships before it’s too late
Do everything you did but have faith everything will work out and stress less! (but stress a little more about how you spend your student loan)
You’ve got more time on your hands that you’ll ever have again – use it!
You’ve got a great brain for learning and growing – use it!
If you’re not sure what to do – take the most active road – regrets about things you let pass you by are harder than regrets about making a mistake.
Listen more
Travel as much as you can
Cry if you need to, be angry if you need to, they only last for 20 minutes, don’t supress your feelings, its better to let go.
Take a deep breath and let the river of life flow through you
Follow your dreams
Don’t listen to the doubters
Don’t get so drunk you cant remember.
Learn from your mistakes, put it down to experience – NEVER regret anything
Always use protection when having sex
Things happen for a reason, don’t dwell on things 
Be confident in your own opinion. It may not match your friends but challenging people is not a bad thing, if anything they will respect you more for it in the long run. 
I know you hate having to have braces now, but you will be thankful of it later. So smile away brace face. 
Your body is great. Enjoy it. Explore it. Kiss all the boys you want to! 
Don’t pluck your eye brows you silly mare. You WILL regret this.  
Posted by ljvaughan at 13:47    COMMENTS
Monday, 02 October 2017
By Laura-Jade Vaughan

Lee Friedlander, Mt Rushmore, South Dakota, 1969, gelatin-silver print. © Lee Friedlander, courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Wilson Centre for Photography.

The snapshots of Lee Friedlander capture poignant fleeting moments, characteristic of the fast-paced social changes and new fashions of the 1960s-1980s. His urban street photography holds a mirror back towards society, literally photographing reflections upon glass surfaces that invest everyday moments with greater meaning.

Lee Friedlander’s Mt Rushmore, South Dakota, 1969, is one of my favourite works in States of America. At a glance it is an odd and humorous composition - in the foreground two ordinary-looking tourists consume their surroundings with binoculars and a camera, contrasting with the reflection of Mount Rushmore towering above them in the background. Possessing the feel of a holiday snap, the humble image offers many more layers of social critique.

Mt Rushmore is hung among other Friedlander works also exploring the theme of leisure. Retro scenes of fun fairs, drive-in cinemas and ice-cream parlours represent a booming new industry, all about carefree abandon and self-indulgence. The introduction of mass advertising sells a lifestyle, inviting imitation – for instance, in other Friedlander images women are seen replicating the pin-up girl fashion, also resembling a billboard advert for Pepsi Cola. As well as commentary on this new social phenomenon, Friedlander seems to be interested in this new way of viewing the world that is about repetition and replication.

Friedlander shows us that a visit to Mount Rushmore might be a pilgrimage to celebrate national identity in a historically significant site, but in the foreground, the tourist experience is about being a part of a recognisable image. In Mt Rushmore, the tourist couple are part of a self-perpetuating cycle - photographing a place as a way to validate an experience and to evidence their social status among friends, and at the same time making a place even more iconic. How much have things changed since the 60s? In our world of selfie sticks and social media, I think not much at all!

Posted by ljvaughan at 15:45    COMMENTS


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