Living in London
Living in London in termporary accommodation was a personal experiment conducted in 2022.
Over several months Angelika Berndt lived in different types of temporary accommodation in different parts of London. Accommodation types ranged from a room in a flat share, to a hostel, a fully furnished attic apartment and a sublet in a family home.
The experiment became as much a trial to find out how it feels to live in these different types of accommodation as it gave insights into the neighbourhoods themselves, their people, the supply chain and transport facilities.
Having lived in Ealing for many years, Angelika soon was to learn what social support, good access to supplies and transport was all about.
The project was recently presented at an Ealing LIP meeting and is available in digital book form. Please get in touch for further information.
It is an honour to have one more of my photos selected by Leica as a Master Shot. This time the harmonious scene of women and girls gathered on their home terrace making hand-held brooms from local grass Gambia was selected for the Leica Master Shot series.
Next public event in London showing my work
SUMMER OPEN STUDIO at Vanguard Court Studios
Sat 17 June 11am - 5pm
Vanguard Court Studios
Buses: 12 • 36 • 171 • 345 • 436
This month my photo from the Rural Living series has been selected as a Leica Master shot for their gallery's selection America | Caribbean.
The photo was taken as part of a research I conducted in Brazil in 2022. At the time I was working with the Iracambi reforestation project in Minas Gerais leading a study about the local culture surrounding the Iracambi project to better understand how the traditional local life-style had influenced the Iracambi reforestation project and vice versa.
One of my photos from the Urban Realities series was selected for the Leica Master shot selection and published in the Leica Gallery Architecture | Cityscape.
The photo was taken in London in 2020 as part of my ongoing studies, in this case exploring how the ever faster changing skyline of London is transforming the city and its urban life-style.
The last edition of fLIP, the magazine of London Independent Photography, published a two page review of my book Fuerteventura Behind the Scenes by Tony Othen. Tony Othen is not only a professional photographer well known for his extensive work with charities in and around London, but also the owner of the The Greenwich Gallery.
Tony says: " Even when Angelika moves out of town and chooses to help us ‘feel’ the island by treating us to landscapes I still feel the people and the culture beside me'.
Back in London in time for the Ealing Art Trail I am thrilled to invite you to my next exhibition.
Contemplating walking aimlessly I took up the challenge to look at my photography from a different angle and found some interesting insights...
Venue: The Rickyard, Walpole Park, London W5 5BS
Dates: Weekends 10–11 Sept and 17–18 Sept 2022
Opens: 12noon – 6pm
Look forward to seeing you there!
And this is what the local press say about my exhibition at Casa Naturalez in the heart of Fueteventura.
Diario de Fuerteventura, August 2022.
The concept Living Spaces was especially designed for this exhibition on Fuerteventura, bringing together three major projects to introduce the concept of different living spaces that exist thousands of miles apart and in a seemingly parallel universe.
Wandering from Fuerteventura to London and then to China, there is this strange sensation that the changing world we witness in one place, is, in some way, influencing the life-space of the other.
Combining colour and black & white to show different concepts of understanding and communicating, this exhibition introduces the concept of past and present and changing cultures.
All three projects Fuerteventura Behind the Scenes, China Today and London Today all have been designed with a similar concept in mind, to look at transformation and persisted traditions in a competitive world.
Fuerteventura Behind the Scenes was developed when Angelika found herself grounded on Fuerteventura during the major European lockdown beginning of 2021. For over two months Angelika roamed the island, uncovering a past and present of dreams and survival.
It is this project and the book launch of the book with the same title Fuerteventura Behind the Scenes that has now brought Angelika and her work back to Fuerteventura.
Living Spaces can be seen at Casa Naturaleza, Vega de Rio Palma, Fuerteventura until the end of August 2022.
Opening times Tue – Sun 11am to 5pm.
The new book is out now!
Fuerteventura Behind the Scenes tells the story about a Fuerteventura that has seemingly been forgotten, a Fuerteventura, which has existed for many centuries and has long since adapted to the ever-changing climate and influx of different cultures.
With 75 well-presented photographs Fuerteventura Behind the Scenes takes the reader on a discovery journey into an arid landscape where human existence and agriculture have reinvented themselves through the centuries and survived despite the many draughts and scarceness of water. The reader is invited to meet a very different reality and is introduced to the testimonies of broken dreams and past times represented by unused buildings and deserted hotels. It is a narrative that is skilfully woven together with a minimum of words. It produces a visual essay that is memorable.
The book Fuerteventura Behind the Scenes is available as paperback in the usual format
In Germany Fuerteventura Behind the Scenes can be purchased at Galerie Kleebolte
and on Fuerteventura the book is sold at Casa de la Naturaleza.
Back from Brazil, I spend the month of April in The Gambia conducting a photo-study for Project Aid The Gambia in Manjay, Buniadu and Jahaly. Project Aid The Gambia are a well established charity and provide much needed medical assistance and early education in remote areas. My visit coincided with both Easter and Ramadan, which gave me an interesting and diverse insight into how religion defines the local culture and life-style. Living with the staff and within the local communities I joined them in their daily routines to learn about their joys and sorrows and how Ramadan affected the daily routines, work and communal life. The result is an extensive photo-document giving insight into the project work, the local reality and daily routines of the people.
During my annual visit to Brazil I was invited back to Iracambi to follow up on my photo research from 2015. Iracambi is a Mata Atlantica reforestation project located in Minas Gerais in an area that is mostly defined by traditional agricultural practices. This year my project was about meeting the locals living around Iracambi and who are engaged in the wider reforestation and renaturalisation effort. The result was an interesting investigation into the history of Rosario de Limeira and the new neo-ruralistas, intellectual people who move from the cities to the rural areas to live their ecological ideals.
It’s been in the making for several years, London Today was designed to follow on from China Today. The project followed a challenge that was presented to me at a presentation of China Today in London; I was asked whether I could produce a similar project in London. So for years I have been roaming the streets of London. Meeting those still working in traditional professions or executing traditional ceremonies, looking at new development or simply every-day life, I was always concerned to find out more about life and traditons in London. This project is by far not over and the collection continues growing with every kind cooperation of yet another amazing person to take part. But London Today has also matured enough to be finally presented to the public.
Beginning of October I was invited to work for a private client in Herefordshire to document their first wine harvest. Staying with the family in their mansion and joining the staff on their whereabouts, I gained a good insight into the local traditions, the wine culture and the history in the region. This was my first insight into agricultural production in England and it allowed a very interesting comparison to other occasions when I was invited to cover harvest productions on farms in Latin America.
Taking part in London's tallest outdoor exhibition.
Unlocked is an innovative outdoor photo exhibition that was installed on September 11, 2021 across the whole front of the Ealing police station building. Unlocked is a cooperative project of the Ealing LIP group in response to the unreal and surreal experience of a year of different lockdown experiences.
Generously sponsored by Gogar Services, Fujifilm and Clarion Futures along with crowdfunding and art lovers. We like to thank the Ealing Police to grant us the permission to use their building.
Address: Ealing Broadway Police, 67-69 Uxbridge Road, W5 5SJ, London
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