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Issue 6. June 2016 Photography Lifestyle Culture
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l Oprah The Great!
A journey of discovery. l Art House
Dover St Art Culture.
l Brit Fashion
Iconic fashion trend. l Seafood
Top 3 eateries.
l Bottle of rum
Warm, spirited beverage delights.
Levon Biss goes macro.
l Thriving at 90
Her Magestyâ€™s reign. l Parma Italy
Mediteranian treasure. l App Tech
Cover photography: Dennis Sterne Shot with Sony Alpha 100 Parma - Italy. Parma Duomo Piazza.
Globe trotting Host, Actress, Philanthropist, Producer.
edia giant Oprah Winfrey was born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi, January 29, 1954. In 1976, Winfrey moved to Baltimore, where she hosted a hit television chat show, People Are Talking. Afterward, she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show. She later became the host of her own, wildly popular program, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2011. In 1976, Oprah Winfrey moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she hosted the TV chat show People Are Talking. The show became a hit and Winfrey stayed with it for eight years, after which she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.M. Chicago. Her major competitor in the time slot was Phil Donahue. Within several months, Winfrey’s open, warm-hearted personal style had won her 100,000 more viewers than Donahue and had taken her show from last place to first in the ratings. Her success led to nationwide fame and a role in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2009, Oprah Winfrey announced that she would be ending her program when her contract with ABC ended, in 2011. Soon after,
she moved to her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications. Activism and Charity According to Forbes magazine, Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century and the world’s only Black billionaire for three years running. Life magazine hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation. In 2005, Business Week named her the greatest Black philanthropist in American history. Oprah’s Angel Network has raised more than $51,000,000 for charitable programs, including girls’ education in South Africa and relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Winfrey campaigned for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in December 2007, attracting the largest crowds of the primary season to that point. Winfrey joined Obama for a series of rallies in the early primary/caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. It was the first time Winfrey had ever campaigned for a political candidate. “Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed the dream. But we don’t have to just dream the dream any more,” she said.
â€œBreathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.â€?
Art Club, Dover St, London. An instituted for the purpose of facilitating the social intercourse of those connected with, or interested in Art, Literature or Science. The Arts Club was founded in 1863 by men of vision in order to provide a haven for those people who had professional or amateur relationships with the Arts, Literature or Sciences and it has provided this hospitality and friendship ever since. In 1896, the Club relocated from its original home on Hanover Square to its present elegant 18th Century townhouse at 40 Dover Street, affording its members a comfortable and impressive base in Mayfair. It has survived two world wars, including a direct hit on the building during the Blitz of 1940. In the course of its existence the Club has included amongst its members many outstanding figures in the history of art, literature and science: writers such as Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Thomas Hughes; musicians such as Paolo Tosti, Charles Halle and Franz Liszt; artists such as Frederic Leighton, Walter Sickert, John Everett Millais, Auguste Rodin and James McNeill Whistler, as well as an array of pre-
eminent surgeons, solicitors and professionals. In September 2011, the Club re-launched after undergoing a complete renovation, transforming it into a truly venerable institution. The principal areas of interest amongst the current members are: art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre and media. It proudly continues to be a hub for creative and entrepreneurial patrons to come together to meet, exchange ideas, dine and participate in the varied events, and the Club has reclaimed its place at the heart of contemporary cultural life in London. The Clubâ€™s art collection remains at its very core, highlighting international trends, as well as maintaining a focus on British-based artists. Amelie von Wedel, the Clubâ€™s art advisor and curator, has chosen the pieces to include a combination of site-specific installations and carefully selected acquisitions. The permanent collection includes work by Tomas Saraceno, John Baldessari and John Stezaker, which sit alongside both the Clubâ€™s historic collection and a series of temporary exhibitions which change throughout the year.
Founded in 1863 by men of vision in order to provide a haven for those people who had professional or amateur relationships with the Arts
Fashion Baracuta are famous for their G9 Harrington Jacket (above-the late Steve McQueen), with its tartan interiors that could well be the most imitated and copied style of the modern world. But there is no other like the original. Above right: Baracuta G5 driving jacket.
With their Manchester roots, Baracuta will forever be one of the most distinctive brands associated with British culture and fashion. It has been worn and loved throughout its long history by mainstream artists, sports stars and underground music idols. It is known for its practicality and undisputed style.
Fashion Womenâ€™s Authentic Collection
Fred Perry - The brand founded by triple Wimbledon champion Fred Perry in 1952 and adopted by generations of British subcultures ever since.
Fashion Fred Perry Laurel Wreath collection
The white tennis shirt was supplemented in the late 1950s when mods began demanding more colours. The Fred Perry shirt became popular with teenagers throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including those involved with the skinheads to Northern soul scenes.
Fishy little dishy London’s top 3 seafood eateries to warm the cockles.
RANDALL AND AUBIN Soho
J SHEEKEY OYSTER BAR Covent Garden
Randall and Aubin are staples on the Soho scene, having been opened as a seafood restaurant since 1996. However, the origin of R&A begins in 1906, and was originally a butcher’s shop that became renowned as being one of London’s premier gourmet food retailers. Now they’ve made a reputation for themselves as being the place to come for a good time and a good meal. Visitors are greeted with the warmest reception, everyone seems to be having a good time and there’s the feeling that all is right with the world. The venue retains some of the beautiful Victorian features of the butcher’s shop, but also now has high stools to provide relaxed seating along the marble bar tables. You may find yourselves rubbing shoulders with other patrons, yet the space doesn’t feel crowded – more cosy. On the walls are arty pictures of champagne and oysters, then they’ve thrown in some chandeliers and a disco ball to epitomise what they’re about – glamorous fun. Location: In the fizzing, lively and notbly colourful part of Soho that is Brewer Street.
There are some places in London that are iconic staples – that people know about, talk about, and hope to one day visit. J Sheekey is undoubtably one of those establishments. Frequented by stars but not flashy; famous for oysters and champagne but not decadent; busy and yet with the most attentive, charming staff one could hope for. J Sheekey have been serving up superlative seafood since the 1890s. Josef Sheekey was a market stall holder given permission by Lord Salisbury to serve fish and seafood in his 1896 property development in St Martin’s Court – on the condition that he supply meals to the Lord’s after-theatre dinner parties. The deal was done, and now, over a century later, fish, oysters and shellfish are served up with same Victorian charm. You can either take a seat in the restaurant, or enjoy a more casual affair at the adjoining oyster bar. Location: In the bosom of Covent Garden, where thespians, luvvies and fans of the stage are ten-a-penny. The restaurant is just off the main drag, in quaintly cobbled St Martin’s Court. This helps it retain its old-fashioned, authentic air.
Scott’s in Mount Street, offering the finest oysters, fish and crustacea. Seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes also feature. Fish are responsibly caught from sustainable sources. Tables look on to the elegant oyster and Champagne bar with the full à la carte menu being served throughout the day from 12 noon. Now inevitably linked with Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson, Scott’s had for the previous 162 years been best known for its fish. And with good reason: the seafood here is first class. The centrepiece of the restaurant is a grand oyster bar where Mayfair types sip flutes of Gaston Chiquet and feast on fines de claires by the dozen. In the club-like seating area, diners get stuck in to Cornish sardines laced with parsley, sautéed monkfish cheeks with bordelaise sauce, and scampi provençale. Bass ceviche, bolstered by chunks of avocado, pepped up with a dose of jalapeño. Tender halibut fillet and a meaty seared sea bass, swirled with lemon and herb butter and served with a heart-stopping mash. Location: Appropriately pricey Mayfair setting; and good for some celeb-spotting.
Sugar, spice and things nice review - Ralfy Mitchell. The story... Rum, a distilling alcoholic made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, or directly from sugarcane juice, by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels. Rum plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as in The Maritimes and Newfoundland. This beverage has famous associations with the Royal Navy. Rum has also served as a popular medium of economic exchange, used to help fund enterprises such as slavery. Pink Pigeon A unique blend of three infusions: The worldâ€™s finest natural Bourbon vanilla handpicked from Reunion and Madagascar, lively and invigorating hints of orange citrus, and the floral petals of orchids from Reunion Island. The three botanicals are infused individually before being blended with light, smooth rum following the renowned recipe by Master Blender Alain Chatel.
Fair Made using the traditional fermentation and distillation process that has been used in the Caribbean for hundreds of years. The process starts with Fair Trade Certified sugar cane from Belize and ends in your glass with the finest and pleasurable tasting rum experience. The sugar cane is grown using organic and sustainable farming methods on small farm plots. Each stalk is carefully hand harvested to maximize the yield and protect the land. Aged for 5 years in American oak barrels, Fair Rum reveals many aromatics and a deep character. An exceptional round and smooth rum. Diplomatico After a fantastic sugarcane harvest in the year 2000 in Venezuela, this rum seemed destined for greatness. Indeed, this particular batch was treated rather well, being aged in the best single malt and bourbon casks the distillers could find for 12 years and finished in Spanish Sherry casks. A spectacular vintage rum.
In an 1824 essay about the word’s origin, Samuel Morewood, a British etymologist, suggested the word rum might be from the British slang term for “the best”, as in “having a rum time.”
Photographer Levon Biss goes super macro. Bissâ€™s passion for nature and photography have now come together to create Microsculpture, a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification. For his latest personal project, Biss embraced the world of macrophotography and has taken the genre to a new level. His photographs capture in breathtaking detail the beauty of the insect world.
Microsculpture Exhibition Oxford University Museum of Natural History 27 May â€“ 30 October 2016
Collaboration between the Museum and photographer Levon Biss, this series of beautifully-lit, high magnification portraits captures the microscopic form of insects in striking large-format and high-resolution detail.
On show in the main court of the Museum, the largest of Microsculptureâ€™s photographic prints measure up to three metres across and surround the visitor. Seen alongside the tiny insect specimens themselves, this huge transformation of scale offers a unique viewing experience.
Her Magesty Reigns Duty, purpose and stronger than ever.
ueen Elisabeth II was born at 17 Bruton St on 21 April 1926 and christened on 29 May 1926 at Buckingham Palace. She is Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms and became Britain’s longestreigning monarch in 2015 and became Queen in 1952. This year celebrates her 90th Birthday. While her timeline has monumental events too numerous to mention, what remains is an oustanding relevance, reinvention and a notable stability and strength that have kept her to be rightly respected for her sense of responsibility. So often is the remark made for her tireless sense of duty. Her religious conviction at the very centre of her motivation, and thereto fuelling her compassion. She has the ability to hit the right notes at the right time. The British Commonwealth growing from 4 countries to over 50 during her reign. Her influence mosty aptly utilised at specificly challenging times. Times when the royal family have been accused of being out of step with her people and of course through a time which is famously named her ‘Annus Horribilis’ in 1992. Marking the 40th anniversary of her
accession, the Queen reflected, with masterly understatement, that 1992 was not a year she would look back on “with undiluted pleasure”. Having expertly helmed a creaking HMS Monarchy past reefs of controversy and through squalls of public anger over 60 dutiful years, the Queen can take pleasure in the knowledge that, for the moment at least, she has steered it to safer anchorage in much calmer waters. Did you know? In an average year, The Queen receives approximately 60,000 pieces of correspondence. For her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, The Queen received over 120,000 cards, letters and gifts. Most comes from the UK: on average about 75%. 10% comes from Commonwealth countries and 15% from countries overseas.
“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones; my own is no exception.”
Heritage of artistic treasure, culture and culinary expression.
arma - a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its prosciutto, cheese, architecture, music and surrounding countryside. It is home to the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world. Parma is divided into two parts by the stream of the same name. The district on the far side of the river is Oltretorrente. Parma’s Etruscan name was adapted by Romans to describe the round shield called Parma. Festive Parma is relatively small but perfectly formed – easily navigable but densely packed with sights, from Romanesque churches to frescoed medieval cloisters and contemporary art galleries. It is also home to one of the country’s most celebrated 19th-century theatres, the grand, neoclassical Teatro Regio, with which Giuseppe Verdi, a native of nearby Busseto, was closely associated, along with Toscanini, the great Italian conductor. Parma’s starry opera season runs from December to April but the city holds an annual Verdi festival in October. Don’t miss ... Piazza Duomo. One of Italy’s more dignified
Piazza Duomo thanks to the complete absence of pavement cafes, shops and traffic. Its centrepiece, a 12th-century Romanesque cathedral, is the Po Valley’s finest, with a heart-stopping fresco of the Assumption by Parma’s most celebrated artist, Correggio. The adjacent 13th-century pink marble Battistero (Baptistery) has a vast gallery of frescoes on its dome and enough turrets and arches to give it fairy-tale quality. ... Diocesan Museum. Many of the cathedral’s treasures can be seen in here, including mosaics from the ancient Paleochristian basilica and local archaeological finds. ... San Giovanni Evangelista. This great church dates back to the 10th century but was largely rebuilt in the 1500s. It features work by both Correggio (in its cupola) and Parmigianino (early frescos by the “second” Parmesan painter). ... Hub Café. Parma’s university might be one of the world’s oldest but its student community is determinedly forward thinking. This new café-bar-gallery in the left-leaning Oltretorrente district shows the work of young local artists. Backed by the Comune di Parma, with its curved glass walls and posh cocktails.
Parma airport is 5km from the city centre. Autumn is a good time for foodies to visit Parma, one of Italyâ€™s most quietly elegant and unsung cities.
1. 1. Duomo di Parma - Construction began in 1059 by bishop Cadalo, later antipope with the name of Honorius II, and was consecrated by Paschal II in 1106. 2. Baptisery of Parma- built between 1196 ad 1307, the pink marble Baptistery is a clear example of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic art in Italy. 3. Aqua di Parma - ranges are exclusively made in Italy, and distributed in 43 countries. 4. The aging and drying process of prosciutto
Harvest season sees several food festivals across the region, the heartland of central Italian cuisine, the moment to find prized porcini mushrooms.
Photo App Update
Vyclone Vyclone is as unusual as it is inventive, letting you combine your own video with friends to create complex collaborative projects. Get everyone to shoot one single event, send them all to Vyclone and the app will edit everything together to create one single multi-angled cut. Very clever.
PcketBooth PocketBooth takes snapping photos with friends one step further. Think of it like a portable passport photo booth on your phone which can then print and ship snaps to your home. You can even share photos to Facebook and Twitter.
Viddy One of the most up and coming apps out there right now, Viddy is a great way to quickly edit and share videos with friends. The app integrates with Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, easily uploading video snippets, effects and all. The inclusion of free new effects packs is also a great touch.
Snapseed If you like taking your photography further then snapseed is for you. Right now it is one of the most fully featured camera and photography apps in the app store. Included is a powerful auto correct function as well as plenty of fun filters and effects.
Touchnote Touchnote is a way to share any photo you have taken with your iPhone or iPad with family or friends. The difference is that Touchnote turns your snap into a postcard and sends it to them.
Instagram 2016 T Instagram unveiled a bright, new, more colourful flat design app icon. This new interface design is supposed to put â€œmore focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the appâ€?
Smartphone technology created a new world of budding photographers. Photo Apps and upgrades are in abundance, so discover the potential.
iPhone 6 Campaign. Photographer - Paul Octavious, Chicago.