In other news: I have made a portfolio website - finally! If you hop on over to www.famapa.net you can check it out for yourselves. And commission me and give me work, and an exhibition etc etc - haha! This is the year when I'll take my photography a bit more seriously, and hopefully there's some new adventures on the way. Let me know what you think!
Now if you excuse me, I think I need to go and get me some cake to celebrate. Hip hip!
a section showing how the museum kept their art safe during the Second World War. They built a bunker in the dunes by the sea where they hid priceless art from the Nazis, and implemented a system of marking the back of paintings, according to how important they were. These three paintings were hung back to front to show the different coloured dots (sadly I can't remember which of three colours was deemed "irreplaceable") - don't they look great?! I might blow one of these up big, so I can hang one on our wall...
We went to see the amazing Guy Bourdin exhibition at Somerset House a couple of weeks ago. It's on until the 15th of March, so I urge to go if you can, and it's probably not one to bring the kids to - if you know what I mean. His approach to his photography is fascinating; he would draw his photographs on a grid, placing everything perfectly before going anywhere near the camera. There are also some large paintings in the exhibition, where if you look closely, you can see how he's painted on top of a 1cm x 1cm hand drawn grid! That's some serious OCD. Have a great weekend!
We took Oomoo to Artis Zoo on the trip; I like slowly ticking of child-friendly places to visit in Amsterdam (can't wait to visit in the summer one time, so we can do day-trips to the beach). We spent a few freezing cold hours wandering around, and really only got to see a fraction of it - it's pretty big. I always feel a bit sad walking around zoos; I'd like to think that in some parallel universe we're the ones in cages, and the animals the ones banging on the glass and taking pictures.
Airb'n'b has made it so easy to choose a nice place to shack up for a few nights. In hindsight I wish I'd taken more pictures of the flat we stayed in this time round in Amsterdam. It was soooooo nice. All the places we've stayed in have been seriously de-cluttered, and when we got back from this trip we got to it, and filled bags and bags of junk that we've been meaning to get rid of for ages. I might be ready to share a home tour from our house soon ;)
For the last couple of years there's been a light installation festival in Amsterdam in December-January. Such a great idea to have it when the nights are at their longest. We didn't see all of the installations, but these are some of the ones we cycled past.