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Master of The Month - Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl September 1916 - November 1990

"if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely". Dahl, 1980

Roald Dahl was a spy, an air force pilot, a chocolate tester and very successful children's author. Roald Dahl, named after the first Norwegian to make it to the South Pole, had a very bright future ahead of him, however that was shortly extinguished with the death of his sister and father. Wanting a good life for Dahl, his mother sent him to various boarding schools in hopes he would gain a good education. What Dahl didn't know at the time was that these experiences would inspire him later in life to write 'Charlie and the Chocolate Fcatory' (1964) and the autobiography-like book of 'Boy' (1984). Dahl's books are always charming with flair for the bizarre all wrapped up in dry British humour from the grotesque prank-loving husband and wife 'The Twits' (1980) to the spell-binding mystery of 'The Witches' (1983) Dahl created literature to suit and amuse all appetites.

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The BFG, 1982, pictured above

All images from roalddahl.com and nutfreenerd.com

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Artist of the Week - Jason Shulman

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Jason Shulman is a sculptor and photographer who has a keen eye for cinema but not in the way most may think. By having an extreme long exposure and letting the block busters play out, has resulted in the creation of intertwining colors evoking the films motif and atmosphere.

The Wizard Of Oz

It is clear that Shulman is very interested in movement, including his sculptures The White Horse, where the horse seems to be unraveling itself or The Balancing Chairs that could fall at any moment. The same passion for motion has appeared in his photography; from 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939) to Kubricks '2001: A Space Odyssey' the photographic results are always unpredictable and different from one another, making the unexpected treasures more intriguing than their counterparts.

From an interview with CNN Shulman explains how you can see the differences between the directors process of storytelling, he shares; 

 

'...with most of Hitchcock's films, the resulting print showed figurative forms. I think this is because Hitchcock tells his stories by focusing on the actors. Kubrick, on the other hand, uses wider shots that are often framed in a symmetrical way. So in the gestalt, his films leave compositional rather than human stains on the finished print...'

 2001: A Space Odyssey

To see more of Shulmans work head over to his website here or read his interview with CNN here.

 

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Artist of the Week - Rosie Lonsdale

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Photography by Rosie Lonsdale

Rosie Lonsdale is a London based photographer and recent graduate of Goldsmiths with a keen eye for the cinematic. She is our artist of the week as we love the use of the bold flat colours in both her location shots and abstract experiments. Her pieces have a nostalgic feel to them due to the effective use of a DSLR and her flair for the filmic.

Photography by Rosie Lonsdale

Though the majority of her work consists of creating a coloured atmospheres its clear to see she is also fond of reflections and neon lights, like an old juke box playing on a hot Summer’s eve. Though photography seems to be her most enjoyed craft, she has recently joined a small film crew as a Director of Photography to help bring their narrative short; ‘The Liberation of Sin’ a reality. To see more of Rosies work, you can find her here:

Instagram: @rosiealonsdale        Website: rosielonsdale.com

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