Wednesday Wants…. Fluoro Neon Shiny Fun

What is it about Spring that makes us go crazy for colours?! Yes, I know all the flowers are blooming in their cheery tones, but wouldn’t it make more sense to get vivid in the winter months when there aren’t so many pretty shades about?

Nevertheless, I’ll embrace the idea with gusto as usual, and what could be more colourful than a full-on palette of super bright fluorescent neons?! As such, I’ve rounded up a few ways to put a vibrant zing in your outfit….

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French Sole‘s new neon collection features bright and shiny patents in solid fluorescent blue and yellow, as well as plain whites with neon piping. It’s their neon Henrietta design featuring darling little cut out hearts and contrasting trim though that really has my attention. I’m in love with all the colourways….pink with green trim, green with pink trim and orange with blue trim….and I really can’t decide which ones I’d choose! They are £120 a pair.

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I adore the classic Cambridge Satchel Company‘s bags, and have for ages had my eye on their Fluoro collection. Just like all their other satchels, they are made by hand in high quality leather and you can have your initials embossed for a little extra. They start at £115 for the 11″ satchel, but you can get £15 at the checkout with the offer code ‘SPRINGFLO’.

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I’ve been thinking for ages that I’d love to design my own Converse….you can create your very own personally designed pair of hi tops or low tops in various styles on their website. I only just found their neon version though, the Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Canvas Neon (£54) and the Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Canvas Neon (£60). You get to choose which colours you want where on the shoe, and you can even add your name or initials at the heel!

What do you think about these crazy shades? Too much? Or just enough?!

Ems x

The Lomography Lomowall at the Museum of London

What an exciting morning I had today…. first thing I had a lovely sunny walk down the road to the Museum of London, where there was to be a special photo call for the launch of their collaboration with Lomography.

Lomographers will probably recognise the famous Lomowalls which decorate Lomo stores worldwide, and this very special project is along those lines… only so much bigger! In celebration of the fun-packed 2012 summer in London, Lomography teamed up with the Museum of London to create the biggest Lomowall ever seen in the UK! For five months at the start of this Olympic year, Lomography asked analogue photographers from all over the world to send them photos with the theme of ‘aspiring and achieving in London’. They have also recorded some of the Team GB Paralympic athletes in training in analogue style.

The result is a stunning 65m mosaic of individually printed, Olympic-themed analogue photos on 400 Lomowall panels, including images from 32 countries. There is a huge Lomowall inside the foyer of the museum, amazingly chevron-patterned using their colour clustering and repetition techinque, as well as stacks of wonderfully curated images on the immense curved wall outside. Close up, you see each photo individually, and in its own right…. but view from afar and you see the geometric pattern and vivid, glossy colours as its own work of art.

It was lovely to see so many (really, SO many!) analogue photos from all over the world in one place….. there were lots of things I recognised in the images, like one of the eggs on display in London this Easter, the Lloyds building (my favourite!), and photos of the museum too. It’s certainly an inspiration to ditch the digital and get analogue snap happy….. as well as to take on the Lomography Ten Golden Rules (especially ‘Don’t Think’, ‘Be Fast’, and ‘Take your camera wherever you go’!).

Photo courtesy of the Museum of London and Lomography

Chris Holmes MBE, Britain’s most successful Paralympic athlete, with 15 medals for swimming, was there too. A photography enthusiast himself, Chris uses what he feels and hears to compose his photos, so unsurprisingly he is drawn to the Lomography ‘don’t think, just shoot’ philosophy which values everyone’s artistic expression equally. Describing his love of photography, Chris said: “Photos have a universal power, they speak to us across space and time, evoking the feelings made in those moments:  sport, success, life captured by camera, essence in eternity.”

If you’re feeling inspired like me, do take the opportunity to collect your “10 piggies” (that’s £10 to spend on lomography goodies!) ……. Under A Glass Sky readers who use this link to set up their ‘Lomohome‘ will receive 10 complimentary piggies to play about with!

You can see the Lomowall (for free!) until 6th January 2013, but there is a big launch party tomorrow to get tings started with a bang (with yummy booze from Rekorderlig, as well as cake from Choccywoccydoodah!).

All photography enthusiasts would do well to give the exhibition a look…. it really is a one of a kind spectacle!

Ems x

Photo courtesy of the Museum of London and Lomography