AI Caravaggio and AI motion

I created a series of “Caravaggio” paintings in midJourney for my presentation at the Marconi Centre last week. Some came out rather well. I took those images and then animated them in both Pika and Runway. Not bad results although the interpolation is very “creamy” and human forms morph and degrade in some rather interesting ways.

London 2024 – the Food!

Kiln, Palomar and Frog. I cannot really describe how good all the food that I ate was. From the fish and chips to the street Thai food, everything was so good. These are the highlights!

Kiln was so good. I was speaking with a couple out front before it opened and opted to sit kitchen side after hearing their recommendation. Someone else said eat the glass noodles and they were so good. The ox heart was surprisingly tasty and that kale disk had no right being as good as it was.

Palomar’s cuisine was also so good. Middle Eastern and the various dips, sauces, and vegetables were just so damn tasty. I savoured each and every bite. The kitchen was nothing but hot coals and clay pots. My mouth was on fire with the hot spices and I was there for it!

Frog was a spectacular experience! I was sitting kitchen side so it was great being served by chef. He explained each dish as he served and the storytelling was almost as good as the food. Almost. His philosophy of sustainability and how he wants to redefine food “waste” is intriguing to say the least. The whole experience was amazing and the attention to detail was exceptional. Down to the take away box of sweets.

I was spoiled for choice in London and I cannot wait to get back and enjoy more.

London 2024 – Friday

Today was Westminster Abbey and La Boheme! Westminster Abbey is a beautiful space! There was a cool augmented reality exhibition about the reconstruction of Notre Dame in Paris. You walked around with an iPad and used QR codes to visit information packages about the fire and the history of the church. La Boheme was fantastic. All three shows at the Royal Opera House were just incredible. The first few photos are from the window of my hotel room with the Shard in the distance.

London 2024 – Thursday

I’m pretty sure that this was the first day that I was feeling less jet lagged. I was so happy with my hotel choice. The Clermont at Charring Cross was located so perfectly that I was able to access everything that I wanted. I think the furthest that I went was the Tate Modern but even that was only 25 minutes or so away.

I visited the Roman Mithraeum which I loved. I walked past St. Paul’s which is quite an architectural specimen, as were many of the buildings in the area. I was on my way to an archaeological exhibit on the site of a roman temple from 2 millennium ago. The cult of Mithras was imported to Rome and the Zoroastrian heritage is still present. From there I crossed the Millennium Bridge where my seat mate from the ballet the night before had mentioned that I could find some “micro art” on the foot bridge. Sure enough, there were hundreds! I walked the southern shore line and was hoping for a good photo with the reflections in the water.

I was going to a presentation at the University of London in the evening, it was a book launch for a new title Legacies of Migration and a few of the chapter authors were there to discuss their topics. One of them was about Van Gogh and his year in London in his early 20s. The main thesis is, as you can imagine, that migration is a constant in London and the city benefits from its multicultural past and present. I spent the afternoon at the British Museum which is beside the building with the lecture hall.

London 2024 – Wednesday

Did I mention that I was tired? London is just such an exciting city. There is so much to see and explore! I went in search of the Noses of SoHo. I ended up finding 4… or 3 and a nail before I grabbed lunch and some sweets. Then the National Gallery, for a few hours. The National Gallery collection is like visiting an art history textbook. Room after room of amazing art. Massacio, Rembrandt, della Francesca, and Titian around every corner.

Manon was exquisite! I’m certainly no expert on ballet but I loved it. It was a very moving performance and the entire experience at the Royal Opera House was such a treat.

London 2024 – Tuesday

I was tired by day 2. Excited and tired. Im happy that breakfast was great to start the day. I probably had too much coffee but I had a big day ahead of me! The genesis of my trip was the Philip Guston exhibition at the Tate Modern. It was pretty amazing entering the first room and seeing his paintings in real life. I had only seen the one in the archives downstairs at our own Nation Gallery and its presence is felt with the texture of the brushstrokes and the size of the works. These are his murals and I wandered back and forth, room to room just awed by seeing this collection. I stopped at the Courtald for the Frank Auerbach show of his charcoals. Auerbach’s work that I also saw a few years back at the Tate Britain show is architectural in the way that he applies form, perhaps sculptural is a better word? The Courtald also has an amazing collection of the Impressionists and I lingered in front of the Cezanne for too long perhaps. And after a phenomenal dinner, (I’ll make a separate post just for food photos) I wandered the Parliament district is search of some black and white photo opportunities. My camera loved London.

London 2024 Day by Day – Monday

I arrived early in the morning and was grateful for an early check-in at the hotel. I took a friends advice and went to the Churchill Museum and wandered the sunny streets of London. Tosca was fantastic! I saw it in Ottawa with a friend years ago and was looking forward to this production.

London 2024 – some iPhone images

Wow! What a trip. It was only 5 days but I tried to pack a lot into it. I have imported all of my camera photos but always start with my mobile images since they are fewer. The flight, hotel, food, culture and entertainment were fantastic. And the Royal Opera House is a beautiful venue! Tosca, Manon and La Boheme were so beautiful to experience in a live setting.