its always a pleasure to see original film prints – i love the romantic soft focus portraits by Julia Margaret Cameron – especially her group photos of pretty little children and madonna styled females. its a free exhibition at the v & a on til February 2016. i rushed home, took out my hasselblad camera and put in a film; i then showed my son a contact sheet who had never seen a real film one before! there is no doubt that digital is getting better and better, but there is still something special about seeing a film contact sheet!
another exhibition on is ‘the fabric of india’ – a beautifully curated display of fabrics, saris and prints all made in india – some are a few hundred years old, some from the present day – but the workmanship and beauty is outstanding. this ends at the beginning of January so get there soon.