Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Graphic Art of Harry Potter - The Work of MinaLima

The wife and I decided to make a post-Christmas visit to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour and, I'm pleased to say, it surpassed the high expectations I'd placed upon it.

The section I was most looking forward to was the graphic props that I'd seen were produced by a duo called MinaLima. I'd seen that they had exhibited the work earlier last year at The Coningsby Gallery so was very much looking foraward to examining the work in detail.

Although the graphics section was a tad on the small side (one large glass cabinet), I managed to spend a large portion of my day in front of it generally staring, taking photos and obstructing people's view.

MinaLima (Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima) have been working on the franchise since the very first film ao have spent over 10 years working on one of the best projects you could imagine. Since meeting on set, they've forged the partnership of MinaLima and continue to produce some beautiful work. The astounding thing about the Harry Potter work is the extremely high level of detail the props hold. You can see that each element has been carefully researched, extremely well executed, and matches it's place in teh Harry Potter World perfectly. The range of styles is huge which, as a designer, is a challenge to master. The work exumes a passion for the work that is clearly evident in every tiny detail.

As a designer, and Harry Potter fan, I can not begin to explain the levels of jealousy I hold for this work. I read a comment on the Creative Review Blog that it's a great university project that has lasted 10 years; I can relate to that. It genuinely is a dream job and is worthy of that classic phrase "I wish I'd done that".

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Only in England: Tony Ray-Jones & Martin Parr

As it's nearly been a year since my last post, I think it's time I start blogging again.

Here's a quick video of one of my favourites photographers, Martin Parr, talking about one of his main inspirations Tony Ray-Jones. They is still an exhibition entitle 'Only in England' displaying at The Science Museum which I'm hoping to pay a visit to this month.

If you like the art of the everyday, in particular old people at the seaside then give it a watch.