Bee Urban: Taster Beekeeping Workshop

In March I had the pleasure of attending a taster beekeeping workshop held by Bee Urban as part of the Find Your London Festival. This two hour session provided a fascinating insight into the world of beekeeping. 

Barnaby of Bee Urban began the workshop by explaining the components of a beehive and the equipment required. This was followed by an opportunity for people to get into protective bee suits to open up and inspect a hive. There was also a tasting session of various delicious varieties of honey produced both locally and further afield including Columbian honey. It was fascinating to taste the differences between the honey pots based on the location it was produced in. I learnt many interesting facts about bees and hives and had no idea that hives can be found in tree trunks which can be opened up. I also learnt there are bees who work in solitude and the photos with trees cut up with holes in them are for those bees.

All in all this was a fantastic workshop and I highly recommend making a visit to Bee Urban and give a helping hand where possible as bees need our help as they are massively under threat due to changes in agricultural techniques. 

London Lumiere

Lumiere London was the capital’s largest-ever light festival that took place from 14 to 17 January 2016. An estimated one million people came to see the free event.

Produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, the festival brought together a spectacular array of artists whose work illuminated the city. Thirty installations transformed the capital into a magical playground in King’s Cross, Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Regent Street, St James’s and Carnaby. 

Below is a selection of photos I took of the event, enjoy browsing! 

Ikebana

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending an Ikebana workshop by 5ftinf at the Arlo & Jacob showroom which was my first experience of this Japanese art. I learnt many interesting facts, created my first arrangement and also got to enjoy a demonstration of flat lay Ikebana too. 

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as Kadō. The root word is from the Japanese word Ikeru which means to 'keep alive, arrange flowers, living.' In contrast to most western floral design, Ikebana compositions are based on asymmetry and noted for their mastery of proportional harmony between the flowers, vase & setting. A fundamental design principle is the arranging the flowers into three lines by tall, medium and short stems which originally symbolised heaven, man and earth. 

If anyone is interested in trying an Ikebana workshop, I highly recommend 5ftinf, lookout for future workshops on their website. 

Africa on the Square 2015

Africa on the Square is a celebration of the best of African culture in Trafalgar Square organised by the Mayor of London for Black History Month 2015. This fantastic festival brings alive African culture in the heart of London through live music, performances, food, a market and fun activities. Here is a few snaps I took while walking around the festival! 

City Hall - Open House Weekend

The annual open house weekend took place this weekend in London giving the public an opportunity to explore London's best buildings. There were so many beautiful buildings to choose from and I chose to visit City Hall.  

City Hall has a roof terrace which provides a beautiful panoramic view of London. Inside it has an incredible spiral staircase, which winds its way through the building, offering glimpses of the open-plan offices and views of the Thames and the Tower of London. A true architectural gem in London City! Here are a few snaps I enjoyed taking this weekend. 

Art of the Brick

A few months back I attended Nathan Sawaya’s ART OF THE BRICK exhibition. This incredible exhibition was created with millions of LEGO building blocks. Nathan was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and in his own words...

“I like using LEGO bricks as a medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reaction to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. My goal is to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the LEGO® brick. The right angles. The distinct lines. But, from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines offer new perspectives, changing to curves.”
Nathan Sawaya

Aydin's New Born Shoot

There really is nothing as special as a new born baby so it was an absolute pleasure to have the honour of doing baby Aydin's first photoshoot!

Here are a few snaps of the handsome little chap with his lovely parents.

Festive Lights 2014

The festive season is a magical time of the year and especially so in London with the bright lights, enchanted woodlands and winter wonderlands. 

Below is a selection of photographs I took from various Christmas 2014 events and streets in London. 

Istanbul

"Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music."
- Christian Louboutin

In late October of 2014 I visited Istanbul, a city which has been long on my 'to visit' list! Istanbul is truly a magical city built on two continents with so much to explore from the rich Ottoman history to the amazing architecture to the brilliant bazaars. Not to mention the incredible food especially cherry baklava - simply divine! 

Below is a selection of photos from my trip, hope you enjoy browsing as much I enjoyed taking them.