London pop’s up, by Sabine de Witte
Go on a cultural or shopping spree
As a London visitor or citizen who’s not really into sports, you don’t have to worry, there’s plenty of other activities you could still do. For example visiting the museums for free. All the National museums don’t require an entrance fee. Not only during the Olympics though, all the time! Besides exploring cultural stuff, you can finally give in to your shopping spree. All the London citizens were ‘warned’ not to go in the city center. So now you can find your favorite items in the last weeks of sale without any elbows in your eye, fighting over items and long lines in front of the cash.
Not looking for sale but searching for special items? Here you go: London pop’s up this summer! Literally everywhere you see new pop-up stores, temporary shops and mobile trucks. Big brands like Opening Ceremony chose the summer period to open up in London and stay there until October at least. The pop-up store in King Street is completely decorated with Olympic gimmicks and exposes a lot of fashion with a sporty touch. And do you remember the water shoes you used to wear as a little kid? Well, Melissa makes them fashionable again. She turned plastic into high fashion and works with designers like Jason Wu and Vivienne Westwood.
One of my personal favorites is the Chanel Pop-up store at Covent Garden. Small, but a great presentation of their latest make-up and their brilliant nailpolish collection. Holiday is the perfect color to treat yourself with!
The LOCOG’s brand ambassadors have been very strict on using the Olympic rings, colors or names in windows of shops, restaurants etc. If you’re not an official partner, you’re not allowed to use them. That took some creativity and there are some windows really worth mentioning. Escaping the Olympic logo, clothing store Oasis did a great job. They created a complete limited edition collection called London Love Letters, celebrating London landmarks in all their glory. A great way of honoring the Olympic city and show some city love. Compliments for the Reiss London guide. The London based brand became popular after duchess Kate Middleton was wearing some of their dresses. Reiss brings you affordable classic items with a modern twist. For this summer they’ve created a London guide mentioning all their shops and favorite spots per area. With a smart map showing where the Olympic activities take place (and what to avoid if you’re not looking for sports), great insiders tips and a handbag prove size. Classy Reiss!
Of course it’s not only shops popping up and taking over the city. Nike has a pop-up spot where they organize events, trainings, tests and workshops. There are temporary restaurants, food trucks and park entertainment. Most of the temporary fun can be found in London city, but upcoming areas as Shoreditch and Southbank are popping up as well. Planning a trip to London during the final days of the Olympics, or later this summer? Check out the brilliant blog http://www.londonpopups.com/ to see where to go for the newest fun in town! Wanderlust also created a handy list with all the events going on during the Olympics. Not interested in sports but you do like to party? Tickets to the Holland Heineken House and a crazy night is ensured!
Alternative art or street art? Here is a contribution from Victor Jarque and Emma Boneham after Mr. Bingo’s workshop.
Show us what you find in the streets of London! Snap a photo of accidental art and anything out of the ordinary on the streets and tweet, blog or post #citizenMreports or email us at citizenMreports@citizenm.com.
day two event recap: alternative sports
What is an alternative sport anyway? This was the question posed by Dan Edwardes at yesterday’s workshop. Dan is the founding member of Parkour UK, a physical discipline rooted in martial arts that involves running, jumping, vaulting and climbing within an urban landscape with a rapidly growing following of hundreds of thousands members globally.
With Olympic fever sweeping London, it seems like a fitting moment to think about what defines ‘mainstream’ and ‘alternative.’ Is it something non-commercial? Niche? Without rules? Non-competitive? The answer: none of the above. The audience for non Olympic sports actually far outnumbers what we see as more conventional sports, many of these have enjoyed huge commercial success and involve strict discipline and training.
So, get out your cameras and iPhones and take a look at all of the non Olympic sports happening in the streets of London. Whether its BMX bike polo or juggling, you might be surprised at what you find. Tweet, blog or post #citizenMreports or email us at citizenMreports@citizenM.com. We’re excited to share your reports with the world.
day two: alternative London Street Sports
What is your example of non Olympic sports? Tonight, Dan Edwardes shows London Street Sports. Read about him here and come to join the workshop “Alternative London Street Sports”, which is open to the public and free to attend. To sign up, email us at citizenMreports@citizenM.com, limited spaces available. Location: citizenM London Bankside
credit image: @avleeming
meet: Homer Sykes
Homer Sykes is an independent documentary and portrait photographer based in London, he will lead the workshop The Changing Faces of London: Capturing the Moment. Details and how to sign up at the bottom of this post.
Homer is a professional magazine and portrait photographer with many years experience. His principal commissions in Britain were for what used to be called the “weekend colour supplements” such as The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, You and the Sunday Express magazines. He has also covered weekly news for Newsweek, Time, and the former Now! magazine, covering conflicts in Israel, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, as well as general news in the UK. Also of course Homer has shot numerous magazine portraits of the famous and not so famous - at home, - Private Commissions Undertaken - at work and at play. During his career as well as his commercial magazine assignments Homer has worked on personal photographic documentary projects. These include documenting traditional British folklore customs, that started in 1970 and completed seven years later resulting in the publication Once a Year, Some Traditional British Customs (Gordon Fraser). Homer is the author, and co-author-photographer of eight books about Britain as well as Shanghai Odyssey (Dewi Lewis Publishing) and On the Road Again (Mansion Editions). The latter, his American project, was started in 1969, while Homer was at college. The photographic road trip was repeated in 1971, the work was then put away for thirty years, and in 1999 and 2001 he traveled once again by Greyhound bus criss-crossing America documenting the ‘down home’ idiosyncrasy of everyday middle America. In 2002 he set up his one-man band self-publishing concern Mansion Editions. To date Mansion Editions has published On the Road Again and Hunting with Hounds. As an award-winning photographer he has never been busier, managing his extensive archive, working on personal projects, and shooting magazine - Commissions Undertaken - and corporate assignments. Homers work is owned by many private collectors and national collections. Homer has been a Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Communication ( University of the Arts London ) for over ten years. Taking group and one to one tutorials with both MA and BA students studying Photojournalism and Documentary photography. Homer now offers mentoring, takes one to one and small group private coaching sessions - How to See Clearly, Make more Interesting Images.
On the 6th August, Homer Sykes will be leading the workshop “The Changing Faces of London: Capturing the Moment”, at citizenM London Bankside. This workshop is open to the public and free to attend, limited spaces available. To sign up, email us at citizenMreports@citizenM.com.
credit photo: Homer Sykes
meet: Carol Allen Storey
join citizenM Reports - a 10-day citizen journalism initiative (30 July – 10 August) where YOU are the reporter of all that is happening in London during the Games.
In the line up of speakers, meet Carol Allen Storey, photographer and member of the Frontline Club, who will be speaking during #citizenMreports series. Scroll to the bottom of this post and learn how to sign up.
Carol Allen Storey is a dedicated photojournalist specialising in chronicling complex humanitarian and social issues, especially amongst women and children.
“My images are intimate, about issues and citizens I deeply care about. I believe photographs may not be capable of doing the moral work for us, but they can trigger the process of social consciousness.”
Storey’s work has been exhibited internationally, and has been published in magazines, books, and brochures. Installations of her photography appear in corporate HQs and commercial premises. In 2009 she was appointed a UNICEF ambassador. Carol was a finalist in the Taylor-Wessing Portrait Awards exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery 2011and in 2009. She was a finalist for Social Documentary 2008, 2009 and 2010 at the New York Photography Festival and in 2010 and 2008 she was selected for the Press Photographer’s Year exhibition and book. Carol has been a nominee finalist four years running, 2008-2011 at the International Spider Awards. Recently she was shortlisted for the 2011 One Life International Portfolio Award and was selected for the 2012 Moving Walls International exhibition touring Europe.
Her solo exhibitions include: ‘Children of Hope’ for the charity Kasese Street Kids at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kendal, 2011. ‘Anything is Possible’ at the Association of Photographers Gallery 2009 in London, on behalf of the international charity, Spirituality for Kids’. ‘The Vanishing Assets of Africa’ in 2007 - A one year solo installation at the Inmarsat Gallery culminating in an auction by Sothebys benefiting the charity, Télécoms Sans Frontières. In 2004 a commission from WWF culminated in the exhibition ‘The Savagery and Poetry of Africa’ at the Proud Gallery, London. She has also participated in numerous group shows.
Storey’s personal project the last four years, ANGELS at the edge of darkness focuses on the women and children managing the AIDS pandemic in Africa, illustrating their courage and dignity and the horrific impact of unabated poverty as this relentless killer grows exponentially. Recently, Carol created a photographic journal, working with the ’Save the Children’ charity, illuminating the plight of British children living at the edge of society that was featured in their exhibition and book, ‘Our Lives’, December 2011. Storey’s book, ‘Anything is Possible’ was published 2009 on the occasion of the exhibition.
In 2000 Carol graduated Central St. Martins, Master Photography programme with distinction. She also earned a BA at Syracuse University and an MA at Columbia University in the USA.
credit photo: Carol Allen Storey