In 1901, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, along with his wife Margaret McDonald Mackintosh entered a competition to design a Haus eines Kunstfreundes (House for an Art Lover) run by German magazine Zeitschrift für Innendekoration. His entry, while impressing the judges and public alike, was disqualified on a technicality, (although it was awarded a special prize for its ‘pronounced personal quality, novel and austere form and the uniform configuration of interior and exterior’) and he never saw the house realised in his lifetime. Continue reading House for an Art Lover
I’ve split my Instagram account into three as of the weekend.
Follow @nickminers for my day-to-day Instagram, with photos mostly from my phone of things I see and do that I find interesting.
And for landscape lovers, follow @nmp_landscapes for my photos from Iceland, the Lake District and beyond.
Most of the images on these last two accounts are available to buy as prints – you can hunt them down on my online print store or simply ask by commenting on the photo(s) you like on Instagram.
I recently finished another shoot for Burtt-Jones and Brewer (see Image bank) and the images are now available for me to share. These are from the London offices of a worldwide insurance company, who have a large hospitality area for clients and guests, an open plan office area, showers for their staff, and a well-equipped staff kitchen with coffee and water dispensers built into the worktops. Shot over three days, this was another thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying shoot, and I was assisted once again by the excellent Annabel. Continue reading Photo insurance
Yesterday I hired a plane, much as I did at this time last year, only this time with my friend Tim, and we flew over the south of Iceland for just over two hours. Our journey took us all the way to Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that caused all that air traffic chaos in 2010; Landmannalaugar, an area where the river flows warm enough to bathe in all year round; over the Westman Islands; and back along the south coast. Naturally I had my camera with me and took a few photos, some of which you can see here… (click images to view larger for best effect!)
Niccolò Scelfo is a photographer from Florence in Italy who visited Iceland on a road trip in 2012. As so often happens, he fell in love with the place and had soon found himself a house in Reykjavík from where he runs his new web-based art magazine, Reykjavík Boulevard:
“I thought about building a platform for curious people, trying to share stories and discover the world through the eyes and projects of people. I started interviewing famous directors at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, then bands at Iceland Airwaves and many other stories came up. I realized the website and tried to release a magazine about that.”
Issue 00 was launched as a trial a few months ago and received a lot of positive feedback, and so after a lot of hard work and dedication by Niccolo and his small, mostly Italian editorial team, he has this morning launched issue 01 which you can read here. Featured in the current issue are the Icelandic singer Íris, who played at the London launch of Iceland, Defrosted, several other Icelandic and international artists and musicians, and there’s a small feature on some London based photographer who is photographing Icelanders in London…
Go and have a look – it’s a beautifully put together magazine, and you might even learn a little more about yours truly!