Tag Archives: Living In London

Tracy Fleischman Morgenthau

The Olympic games have officially ended and for Los Angeles photographer, Tracy Fleischman Morgenthau, it was a happy accident that work and life has her living in London for a number of months.  Tracy had a front row seat to witness the cultural impact that the games had on the city and people of London.  She has created a project titled, Olympic Culture, and these are images hot off the press.

Tracy has always been fascinated by the connection between social change and culture.  She received a degree in History from UC Berkeley, and an MA in American Studies at UT, Austin, where she worked as a fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, curating exhibitions and working with the collections.  For the past several years, in addition to working as a fine art photographer, Tracy has worked as a media and campaign strategist for leading NGO’s and documentary filmmakers creating campaigns for groups such as Women’s Voices Women Vote and the Media Consortium, and films like Trouble the Water and People Speak!

Images from Olympic Culture
I happen to be living in London during the 2012 Olympics. While
the athletes and the games themselves were amazing, I found myself drawn to the
culture surrounding the games.  On the streets, in the stands, in the
stores and even underground, excitement about the Olympic games swept through
As a foreigner living in London for a short time, I’d
already been observing local culture, noting and photographing the subtle but
significant differences between British and American culture.  With the
arrival of the 2012 games, I  found myself looking at something new – Olympic Culture.

The photographs in my series Olympic Culture explore the way the
2012 Olympic games manifested off the playing field. London attire, energy and
even the way strangers on the subway related to one another shifted with the
arrival of the Olympic games. People opened up, excited to connect and share in
a collective experience. The Olympics gave locals and visitors alike the
permission to take pride in their nations– with people from around the world
literally wrapping themselves in their national flag
(or a sponsor branded t-shirt)
.   It is this unique and
celebratory moment that I worked to capture while taking photographs in the two
weeks between the 2012 opening and closing Olympic ceremonies.

Teresa Cos

This week we are exploring the work of the Fiveleveninetynine Collective of London, the creators of the Broken Train and A Royal Wedding.

Teresa Cos was born in Latisana, a small town in the north east of Italy. While she was studying as an architecture student, she began to develop a passion for art and sociology, and changed her focus to photography as a way to express her viewpoints on society. After graduating, she was part of an Italian team of architects commissioned by the French government to produce ideas for the future of Paris. She lived for seven months outside of Paris and created her first major body of work, which led to her to attending the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography MA program at London College of Communication. Now living in London, Teresa continues to be interested in the social behaviors and statuses that result from the promises of freedom and success typical of western societies.

Teresa’s work has been published and exhibited both in Italy and the UK. Her work was recently featured in Aperture’s What Matters Now and Teresa won the Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa for the 95th Young Artists Collective Exhibition’s 1st prize award. She exhibited at Photo Ireland Festival with the collective Five Eleven Ninety Nine and has been awarded the Honourable Mention by the Magenta Foundation with her project I Was There. The images featured below are from her series, Through the Spaces Between Moments.

THROUGH THE SPACES BETWEEN MOMENTS. Beauty. Nature. History. Knowledge. The Unpredictable. There is a sense of inexplicable fulfilment each time that we recognise these features in everyday life, when we realise that for a fleeting moment we unconsciously got in touch with a deeper understanding of who and why we are. We are born and we die. For as long as we can remember we have been trying to make sense of that. As of yet, we have not been lucky enough to find any satisfying answers. Since there is no way to envision the future, men is left helpless with history and the present. Men build museums to gather the memory and the grandeur of human kind. They inspire people and give them the means to lay the foundations for the next generation.

We create environments where we can admire the beauty of nature, where we can get in touch with the incredible wonders the world provides for us. All of this to create a sense of belonging and wholeness, both because men are often scared of isolation and because we naturally fall into the temptation of wanting to give The Answer to our existence. What if the wholeness of our existence was made instead of little pieces, instants, encounters, that if we were able to recognise would reveal the most precious thing we have; the ability to perceive with deep emotion sudden moments that are speaking some indescribable truth. And cling to them.