HANIA RANI : PIANIST, COMPOSER, MUSICIAN

 

Earlier today, I spent some time immersed in the music of Hania Rani.
Especially this video, shot in Iceland, directed by Neels Castillon, featuring dancers Mellina Boubetra, Janina Sarantsina and Fanny Sage.
A beautiful mix of being dramatic, while exuding calm; elegance and emotion.

This performance too.

WILLIAM KLEIN : STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Alex Kilbee, AKA The Photographic Eye, recently shared some fascinating insights in to the work of photographer William Klein.

In the last few days I listened to a wonderful conversation between Malcolm Gladwell and David Epstein at the 92Y – talking about his book RANGE – which is about how generalists succeed in a specialised world. And how, if we experiment in lots of things earlier in our lives, we have a greater breadth of experience to bring to our specialism later on.

So it was interesting to see the parallels across mediums of creativity – how Klein explored the breadth of his range – initially interested in abstract painting and sculpture, to a career behind the camera; from photojournalism to fashion photography, from documentary to feature film making.

FABRIC STORYTELLING

The upholstery fabric BMW developed for their iNEXT concept car a few years ago has me wondering how fabric can play a part in storytelling.
They’re painting a beautiful picture in this concept video

ALL SHOES ARE STORIES

I’ve just been completely absorbed in the unfolding of Dame Judi Dench’s family tree courtesy of a recent episode of  ‘Who Do You Think You Are’  an utterly fascinating journey leading all the way back to sixteenth century Denmark.

Another show exploring people’s lives – ‘This Is Your Life’ – ran in the UK for over fifty years. A show that saw people in the public eye being surprised by the host with a  walk-through of their life – with the help of a big red book.
Stories were shared – from when and where they were born to the present day – entertaining the audience with anecdotes, and reacquainting them with old friends and colleagues – some they’d not seen in decades.

STORIES WORTH KNOWING

There’s the saying that everyone has a book in them.
I don’t believe it means that everyone should write their book, but that everyone has a story – by virtue of the lives they have lived, the experiences they have felt and the thoughts they have thunk.
It takes a talented writer to turn those elements in to a book worth reading.

I can’t help but think about shoes in a similar way.

EVERY SHOE HAS A STORY.

From where and when, was the idea conceived,
How did it grow and what was the seed.
What inspired the designer, who sketched out the lines.
What were the ingredients, imbued in the design.

Who made the pattern, stitched the upper, attached the heel.
What were their passions and how did they feel.
Did they break for an espresso, or did they drink tea.
Miles inland or were they close to the sea.

From where the shoes travelled, and where did they land.
What was their journey, ’til they’re held in your hand.
Where will you wear them, and who will you meet.
What is the story, you want on your feet ?

Shoes are not just shoes,
they are stories to be worn,
and their stories
are worth knowing.

The deeper the story, the more we connect.

When we know better, we buy better.