Sunday, 27 January 2013

This blog has moved!


I've now created a website for my work and the blog will continue within that. Please head to www.laurabushell.com for my latest news and work.


Friday, 12 October 2012

House Magazine: The Brain Observatory



I went slightly off piste with this one, admittedly... but for the recent issue of Soho House's House magazine I interviewed Jacopo Annese of The Brain Observatory at the University of San Diego, California, about his team's efforts to digitally preserve donated brains in order to extend the realms of knowledge and research into how our old grey matter works. It's still largely a mystery, so the work The Brain Observatory is doing has potential for some groundbreaking discoveries in future. I've always found anatomy absolutely fascinating, so it was a real pleasure to branch out into a bit of (very basic) science writing. Don't be squeamish, it's very interesting...

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The Brain Observatory

How one scientific team’s mission to photograph and analyse the human brain could unlock the secrets of our creative minds

Stop for a moment to consider the myriad of cognitive processes you’re currently deploying to read these words, all that wonderful action going on between your ears. Then, when you’re done, consider that conventionally, at the end of your life, your brain will be burned or buried along with the rest of your dead self. It does seem rather a waste – and whether you believe in an afterlife or not, you can’t take it with you.  Enter Dr Jacopo Annese, founder of The Brain Observatory at the University of California, San Diego, who works on the grey matter of a kind array of donors, allowing them to live on in the digital domain. In a process that takes place over eight months, Annese and his team pickle, freeze and then slice to a hairs-width each brain, before dyeing each slice and taking a 1-terabyte sized detailed digital composite image. There can be up to 2,500 slices in a brain and, Annese says, ‘once you dive into the high-resolution histological image at a cellular level, then it becomes an enormous landscape that, despite centuries of investigations, remains still largely uncharted.’

House Magazine: Tereza Zelenkova


Here's the article I wrote for House magazine on photographer Tereza Zelenkova. I posted about her previously as I also filmed an interview with her for House Seven having seen her work at the RCA 2012 show. She's definitely one to watch.

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Invoking the occult, mortality and mysticism in her monochrome images, Tereza Zelenkova presents vistas and artifacts from nature that nonetheless shimmer with a mysterious supernatural aura. To her, death isn’t the gateway to another world but the all-pervading full stop to life, and she explores a universe where neither religion nor science can provide us with all the answers. Working with a spontaneity that belies the depth and integrity of the final body of work, she explains that it’s all about the fine balance of intuition and editing...

What made you choose photography as your medium as an artist?
When I was 16 I tried photography and I immediately fell in love with it. I guess I was seduced with the lightness with which one can create an image by using a camera.
Is your technique more impulsive or constructed?
Through the years I have learnt to work quite effortlessly. I realized that if I try too much the results are not as good as if I just get carried away by a moment or an idea. For me, photography is certainly about intuitive knowing rather than rigorous thinking.


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Edible Cinema video on Cult Hub




My video on Edible Cinema is featured as part of an article on the forthcoming Edible Cinema Halloween screenings, as seen in Cult Hub Magazine.


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

VICTOR by Hasselblad



This summer I was very lucky to have been commissioned to write two features for the relaunched VICTOR by Hasselblad magazine. I interviewed Tom Nagy about his epic style of shooting, and Marco Grob about his moving set of post 9/11 portraits for TIME magazine. Both were fascinating people, consummate pros and very generous with their time. You can read these interviews and many more in VICTOR, which is out now. Plus for all you magazine and book pervs out there, it's rather beautifully produced in black hardback. Mmmmmm.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Soho House Video: Tereza Zelenkova, Photographer


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Tereza Zelenkova is a photographer whose work I first encountered at the RCA graduation show this year. Given the massive scale of that show and the amount of things I looked at in such a short space of (press view) time, I'm amazed I remembered anything. But Tereza's work resonated in my mind long after, so I was really excited when she agreed to be filmed for House Seven. I also wrote a short article on her for House Magazine, which is due out soon. To see her work in the flesh, it's not long until New Sensations.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

New Music Video! 'Human' for bassDrumsnareDrum




Here's a music promo I made for 'Human', a fantastic track by bassDrumsnareDrum, featuring the magnificent moves of artist and dancer Roberto Ekholm. Thanks also go to Matthew Holder and Jake Ridley. You can by bassDrumsnareDrum's new EP featuring 'Human' on iTunes now.


Soho House Video: Gavin Esler teaches Lessons from the Top





A short video I made for Soho House following a talk Gavin Esler gave for Books for Breakfast there last week. After all those episodes of Newsnight, he's an amazing speaker, so I kept things simple and let him do all the hard work.. His book Lessons from the Top explores how leaders and influential figures have harnessed the power of storytelling on their way to success, and how we can learn from their techniques (and mishaps). Well worth a read.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Exhibition: Head & Whole 2 at Abbey Walk Gallery


I'm delighted to have two prints showing in Head & Whole 2: Talking Heads at Abbey Walk Gallery, curated by Linda Ingham. It opens to the public today and there are some really interesting events going on to accompany the exhibition. Go see!


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Soho House Video: Edible Cinema

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Combining two of my favourite things - food and film - Edible Cinema is a hugely fun concept from the folks at Soho House to bring a new taste dimension to the film experience. Here's a short promo I made to capture the atmosphere and concept at their screening of Spirited Away. Bon appetit!

Monday, 30 July 2012

i-D Video: Tom de Freston, On Theatre, at Breese Little




In our snap happy age it’s reassuring to know there are still people out there who’ll painstakingly mull over a single image for weeks before they’ve even got to the time-consuming stage of picking up a paintbrush to commit it to canvas. Makes you think there must be hope for us yet.

With its long and complicated history involving multiple reinventions and reincarnations, painting resonates heavily with its own meaning as a medium as well as the stories and opinions that the artist is trying to express. So working as what he provocatively calls a “contemporary history painter”, Tom de Freston plunders these narratives and melds them with scenarios from literature and his own imaginings to create paintings that startlingly depict historically grand themes from a modern perspective.

Here he talks i-D online through the process of translating ideas into brushstrokes, and gives us a sneak peek into his studio and the processes behind his work.

Tom de Freston, On Theatre runs until Saturday 15th September at Breese Little, 30d Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DU.

Text and Film: Laura Bushell

Monday, 23 July 2012

Music Video for bassDrumsnareDrum... coming soon





Some stills from the music video I made recently for bassDrumsnareDrum for the release of his EP on 6 August, featuring the dazzling dancing skills of Mr Roberto Ekholm. The video itself will emerge shortly..


Sunday, 8 July 2012

FAD Video: Jacob Hashimoto, The Other Sun, at Ronchini Gallery




Here's a recent video interview with artist Jacob Hashimoto for FAD. His latest exhibition consists of hundred of handmade kites strung from the ceiling of Ronchini Gallery in Mayfair - time consuming, but worth the effort!

Jacob Hashimoto
The Other Sun
Until 28 August 2012
Ronchini Gallery, Mayfair, London

Sunday, 1 July 2012

House Magazine Feature: Salaam Dunk

My feature on the Iraqi women's basketball documentary Salaam Dunk, as published in issue 21 of House magazine, the quarterly mag for Soho House members. 



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‘For men only.’ One northern Iraqi man is responding to the concept of women playing sport. ‘I don’t agree with it, but this is the modern lifestyle,’ says another. The opening minutes of David Fine’s documentary Salaam Dunk massage our assumptions about where women figure in post-invasion, post-Saddam Iraq. That’s to say, even when they’re not in immediate danger of conflict, Iraqi women tiptoe around under conservative, restrictive rules.

‘I hear that the Western view is that Iraq is just a desert where women stay home to serve their men and are mistreated, covered up and uneducated,’ says Laylan Attar, a student at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani who was captain of the women’s basketball team during filming. ‘I want the world to know this is another country and that despite the 100 years of wars and corruption we play sport, and by “we” I mean women.’ And that they do, with varying success, as Salaam Dunk charts the basketball team’s second year of existence at the University. At the helm is American coach Ryan Bubalo, who responded to students’ requests to build the team from scratch. Now back in the US, Bubalo recalls the challenges of coaching a team who had scant, if any, experience of training. ‘The whole first year was really spent learning the fundamentals of the game, and, more importantly, learning teamwork and accountability to one another. Things I sort of took for granted – basic health issues like drinking water or eating right or the idea that practice attendance was mandatory – had to be taught.’
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