Munich born Photographer Leon Eckert is studying design at Goldsmiths College London, a place where thought and intention is exalted over simple cosmetic. At sea on the east coast of Spain one moment, witnessing riots with fire bombers the next, wherever or whatever Leon always has his trusty camera on hand ready to capture. He has travelled through China, worked in advertising production in Barcelona, flown into Tokyo and strolled the harbour of Hong Kong to name but a few; It’s this awareness, an understanding of the culture he has experienced, that permeates the very purpose of his work. Leon believes that every time he puts his finger down to press the shutter, he is advancing his “eye” for imagery, whilst fulfilling his need to document his endeavours.
For one of his enquiries, Leon explored the notion of public transportation, questioning the experience gained in return for the price of a ticket. In this instance a day ticket was purchased, which enables the purchaser to a full 24 hours of transport, yet rarely is this ever fully exploited. Riding 60 different buses continuously over 1460 minutes, Leon nearing exhaustion managed to capture a couple embracing in front of the bus during the latter of his journey. This couples stolen moment of affection suddenly becomes a public event, much like the transport itself.
Leon’s photographs are determinedly direct; a gritty state that comes from examining the root of a situation. They’re hearty intention is tied with a vastness and stillness that becomes vibrant in its celebration. The focus on the events impact over their visual state is beauteous in design and admirable in content. Leon’s work emphasises the relevance of communal experience in the advent of social media living.
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At a time when we’re faced with a relative deluge of electronic music – the internet awash with new beats every day – I think we shouldn’t underestimate those moments when we hear a new producer and his music draws us in. When what you’re hearing is more than a pleasant backdrop to that essay you’re struggling to write, or (more likely!) that facebook stalking you’re indulging in. When it demands attention.
Enter, Bloomer White – aka Gary Kelly – who’s dealing in a fine line of beats, breaks, and choice cuts, measured tastefully against some ambient textures and delicate keys to create absorbing electronic music that still sounds fresh after the first few listens.
Originally hailing from Lurgan, Kelly is now based in London to study Music Computing at Goldsmiths and to further hone his craft. He self-released debut EP ‘Stolen Goods’ as a free-download through Bandcamp last year. For me, standout tracks would have to include the galactic-sounding beat-propelled ‘Space Cab Engineer’, and the retro vibes of ‘Tape Deckin’, which he balances nicely with softer and more understated moments such as soundscape ‘Adaption’, and his imaginative remix of Anneka’s ‘Shut Her Down’.
More recently, Bloomer has been uploading some new material to his Soundcloud, including a couple of 30-minute mixes that are worth a few moments of your time, and certainly wouldn’t sound bad playing-out if you were planning to have a party any time in the new future!
This pioneering young producer is one to watch.
Bloomer White will be playing a set at the Gola Charity auction in aid of ‘Art Against Knives’ on 29th November. I’ll definitely be listening.