Last week the Victoria & Albert Museum opened its new photography center as part of their monthly Friday Late event; ‘Snap’. This high profile event, hosted by i-D magazine, featured exciting programming including late night exhibition viewings and official museum tours among some truly unique events that included a DJ set from online radio station Balamii, performance art pieces and artist talks.

Graphic Credit:  Alexandra Leese

Graphic Credit: Alexandra Leese

I was lucky enough to attend as a participant speaking at the panel discussion ‘Photo Books: Witness, Collection, Narrative’. Held in the National Art Library, the location was prestigious enough, to further my excitement I was joined by photographers John Spinks, Alex Leese as well as photographer and publisher Maxwell Anderson of Bemojake

Image curtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Image curtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum

The talk opened with a display of photobooks that were significant to each of the panelists. I selected ‘Return to Sender’ by Sipke Visser, this was the first photobook I bought on a trip to The Photographers’ Gallery some years ago. I love the concept of this book as much as its’ photographic content; Visser sent out 500 of his images accompanied by a handwritten letter to random addresses in the UK. The letter invited the receiver to write back to the artist giving a comment on the image they had received. It was not necessary to have any kind of artistic comment simply a response positive or negative that they felt when viewing the artwork that was sent to them. All of the images and responses are catalogued in the book with an interesting juxtaposition of text and image. 

Image curtesy of  Sipke Visser

Image curtesy of Sipke Visser

This was followed by a discussion of books we had each produced ourselves in the capacity of photographer or publisher. I spoke about my most recent venture ‘FLING Vol. 1’ I felt this was relevant to the theme due to the role of voyeur I play in the project and that the book represents an ongoing document of the band, FLING. Featuring images from my archive and text from the band’s private journals. 

Image from collaboration with Leeds based  FLING  featuring Charles McSorely performing at  The Social , Soho. © Hannah Tointon Photography, 2018.

Image from collaboration with Leeds based FLING featuring Charles McSorely performing at The Social, Soho. © Hannah Tointon Photography, 2018.

The experience was a huge challenge for me as public speaking is something I have always found incredibly stressful as I get nervous presenting to large groups. Despite this, I feel that the talk went well and I received good feedback from the library team as well as the other speakers. It was an absolute honour to be part of such an esteemed event and I can happily say that I would do it again should I have the pleasure of being asked.

I must give special thanks to my parents, Amy Warwick and Sophie Goodfellow for coming to support me and Jennifer Reeves who suggested me for the talk in the first place. 

Click here to purchase FLING Vol. 1

Walkthrough // part 1

Currently on show at the Hayward Gallery is an array of playful installation artworks concerned with spatial perception, featured in group exhibition ‘Space Shifters’. On display are works from 20 artists including Jeppe Hein, Yayoi Kusama and Alicja Kwade. Kwade’s installation piece ‘WeltenLinie’ particularly stood out for me; the iron structures divided the room with panes of mirrored glass in some yet some were left open to play with the viewer’s perception of what was real and what was not. When navigating the space it is impossible to be sure what you are approaching. 

Alicja Kwade’s WeltenLinie, 2017. Installation view at the Hayward. Image by  Mark Blower , via  South Bank Centre .

Alicja Kwade’s WeltenLinie, 2017. Installation view at the Hayward. Image by Mark Blower, via South Bank Centre.

The work is both aesthetically beautiful whilst also being remarkably cerebral. After winding my footsteps carefully around this exhibit multiple times I still found it perplexing, constantly checking and retracing my steps to remember which sections were real or otherwise. The non-reality of the space intensifies the feeling of a large maze-like piece. It must not be misunderstood that the mirrors do not simply intervene with your path but they are also in place to create questions regarding the objects that fill the spaces within the structures. In the left side of the image below it is possible to see a mass that appears both green and silver, this is in fact one green mass, behind the mirror, and a separate yet similarly shaped silver mass that is in front of the mirror. Here the artist has employed an acute attention to detail in order to create this optical illusion, as the viewer stands at a corner and moves from left to right they reveal more of the green mass in front of them or more of the reflection of the silver mass. At a first glance this threw my mind into a wild spiral of questions at which point I truly did not know whether or not to believe what my eyes were seeing. This motif is explored through other illusions throughout the installation, all contributing to a greater sense of confusion within the space.

Richard Wilson’s 20:50, 1987. Installation view at the Hayward. Image by  Mark Blower , via  South Bank Centre .

Richard Wilson’s 20:50, 1987. Installation view at the Hayward. Image by Mark Blower, via South Bank Centre.

The illustrious 20:50 installation masterminded by British artist Richard Wilson in 1987 is also on display. Unfortunately, due to time restraints I could not wait the near two hour wait to see the work having spent so much time exploring the rest of the exhibition. However, I intend to revisit soon so that I may take in this exquisite piece and experience it in real life surpassing the images I have seen of the work in photographs. 

‘Space Shifters’ is on show at The Hayward Gallery until 6 January 2019. Buy tickets here.

Kit Blake Launch Party

“The brainchild of two of menswear's most passionate and knowledgeable adherents, Richard Wheat and Christopher Modoo (the latter of whom regularly dispenses his stylistic wisdom for The Rake's readers), Kit Blake is a brand with a mission. That mission is to revolutionise the way men wear suits. Investment in one of their products is not only an investment in a stunning item of clothing, but in decades of carefully honed menswear expertise, too.” - The Rake.

Kit Blake One Day Event

Kit Blake One Day Event

Last night I had the pleasure of shooting at the Kit Blake one day event at 12 Picadilly Arcade, it was an exciting evening of flair and decadent fashion featuring items from Fears and Gownsmith alongside the Kit Blake collection. The collection featured coats, blazers and their signature pleated trousers. If you can’t make it to the pop up check out the products online at The Rake.

Fears Watches

Fears Watches

Fears is a heritage brand that was established in 1846 and continued to thrive till 1960s. In 2016, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill became the company’s fourth managing directed as he restarted the family business to create quality watches. To find out more about Fears products request a free brochure from their website.



Gownsmith specialise in luxury dressing gowns that transform a traditionally comfortable garment into something truly distinguished. The bespoke made to order gowns are truly lavish and caught the eye of many visitors during the event.

David Gandy inspecting the new collection.

David Gandy inspecting the new collection.

The event gathered a large crowd that spilled out into the arcade throughout the night. It was a wonderful opportunity to view the new collection, be introduced to new products and network with other professionals.

Tom Beecroft of Gownsmith at Kit Blake launch.

Tom Beecroft of Gownsmith at Kit Blake launch.

On a personal note I am incredibly proud of what Chris has achieved and glad to see that the launch was such a success. Drinks were flowing as well as conversation, supplied and served by representatives of Curious Brewery and Chapel Down.

Chapel Down. Picadilly, 2018.

The event did so well that Chris Modoo will be returning to Picadilly on Saturday 20th October to meet more of those interested in superior men’s fashion. Fears and Gownsmith will be displaying their wares until 3rd November, head down to the Picadilly Arcade before you miss them!

All photos © Hannah Tointon Photography, 2018