With a brief, chilled layover/recharge in Zhejiang (we’re talking hostel spas here, nothing fancy), we then moseyed on down to Shanghai. Instead of seeing the city first, we were taken to Zhuijajiao - the Venice of China. …Read More
Leaving Shaolin was a bit of a shock to the system. We were entering into October, and that means Golden Week. The weather was still beaut - but that's not how the name comes about. The Golden Week is a 7-day national holiday happens about twice a year. Imagine having a whole week of bank holidays stacked up in one go. The whole of China was about to go on holiday. Even London can't handle itself for 3 days even for the strawberries and cream sunburn lines alone.Read More
Roland Barthes (French dude, big into literature and philosophy) describes cameras as ‘clocks for seeing’. I’ve got a lot of photographs and videos from Mongolia that really fail to capture its essence. I’ve briefly touched on it before but I thought I may expand a little today.
Photographs have a strange past, present, and future tense that create an odd relationship. They accentuate that we are all living our lives in relation to time. Weird, strange and fascinating huh.Read More
Art is made in order to express something that goes beyond reality.
I’m finding it super difficult to write down how I feel about Mongolia. It is one of the most beautifully emotional places I have ever visited. There’s only really one built up area in the country, and that is Ulaanbaatar, its capital cityRead More
Rompin', stompin', pumpin', jumpin', slidin', glidin', Here we go. I’M SO SORRY. It just had to be done. There were so many STEPS. So, you’ll soon learn (if you haven’t already) that almost every mountain in China is holy in some way or another. I think mountains in general have that ethereal thing going on. The UK doesn’t seem to get it. Probably ‘cause they’re always more on the hill side than the never-ending sweat and tears side of the spectrum.Read More
What's that? Poetry you say?! Nah thanks, I'd rather browse on one of those 400 billion other websites on the internet. Well, tough. I thought I'd explain a little more about my works now they've gone into the official SHOP. What better way to illustrate art than with poetry? I have chosen a contemporary poem (that is written at the bottom) to introduce a broad theme that encompasses my practice. The unbreakable bond between the nature of the everyday and the cosmic, and how one may feed and thrive off the other.Read More
3100m high to be exact. Xiahe was the one. I remember getting seriously emotional as we drove our bulky ass truck up the winding paths to the Buddhist town. I had recently uploaded my latest Spotify (which is banned in China, fyi) playlists armed with a VPN and some sweet wifi that had miraculously passed our way.Read More
On our way to camping on the oh-so-anticipated Great Wall of China, I Fought the Law by Olivia Locher comes to mind. Locher’s decision not to tell us which are law and which are legend makes even more obvious the stubborn irrationality of each. It’s an irrationality that can similarly be observed in China.Read More
Driving towards Turpan, our truck had a scheduled stop so we could check out the Jiaohe ruins. Seems like every other bloody tour bus in China thought the same thing. Good thing was, it was such a vast complex of ancient city maze threads running through some barren desert, it was actually pretty easy to get away from the crowds.Read More
A destination loses its appeal when it becomes popular and accessible. We can all relate to that.Our next stop was Xinjiang Heavenly Lake. On Google Maps it’s called Heavy Pond which seems like an Instagram vs IRL dig. Bearing in mind that this was my first experience in a populated tourist area in China, boy was I in for a surprise.Read More
Kashgar is a hard part of the world to get to. The advice I was given when doing my visa application was not to put it down on your itinerary because the Chinese embassy will probably reject it. It doesn’t even feel like it’s part of China.Read More
This space here is where I’ll be shedding some arty-light on everyday life and hopefully encouraging people to look at things with a keener and more enthusiastic eye. I want artistic thought to seem accessible, and this string of writing will hopefully be entertaining & maybe a little strange, and not make you want to uh sigh at yet another bloody travel blog.Read More
Introducing the blog space that will comment on the inseverable link between art, literature and daily life.Read More