On Monday we visited Moving to Mars over at the Design Museum in London (it’s on until 24th February, do try to catch it before it ends).
Sidenote: it’s so cool to be able to visit museums when they are quiet (i.e. on a weekday during term-time) and have them all to ourselves. One of the many perks of home education.
It was a beautiful multi-sensory exhibition and it was cool to see both the history and the future of exploration of Mars, including stepping into an inflatable Mars pod and seeing and hearing Martian storms rage outside.
But as much as I love the idea of space exploration (I grew up devouring many sci-fi novels), all of that just made me think it’s going to be so much easier – and cheaper – to try and preserve Earth rather than trying to make Mars suitable for human existence.⠀
I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that there are in fact now 3D printers that can print bio-degradable plastic-like furniture (it has a fancy name but I forget it) for living on Mars, and we can make shoes grow themselves out of mushroom pores (one of the real exhibits!), but we as human race don’t seem to devote as much time and money to preserving livable conditions on planet Earth as we seem to devote to coming up with ways to making Mars habitable for humans.⠀
What do you think?
What will you choose, Earth or Mars?
I felt like I hadn’t really picked up the camera much over the past few weeks during the lockdown as I’ve retreated into my own bubble — but looking back and the thousands of files in my hard drive I clearly have. A while back I’ve heard Pete Souza, Barack Obama’s White House photographer, say that often the true meaning or significance of an image doesn’t reveal itself until some time has passed, and I’m embracing that.
If you’re stuck with kids at home due to self-isolation, embracing social distrancing, or because you’re on a COVID-19 lockdown, I know it can be difficult and frustrating. As someone who’s been home educating my 9 year old son since the he was 4 while also running a business, I know a thing or two about managing a child at home with stayng sane. Hopefully this little guide will help you stay sane, too.
Last year I was approached to speak at Phlock Live, the newest and the largest European conference for female photographers created by the sisters Laura and Sarah Wood and of course I said “yes!” instantly! A whole host of internationally published and critically acclaimed female photographers from all over the world will be speaking alongside me to bring you the best development and growth opportunity for your photography and your business.
The event is happening in Manchester at the Midland Hotel from 20-22 March 2020 and the tickets are selling fast, so if you’re interested in attending, either for the whole 3 days or just for a couple of classes, go and book your tickets over at Phlock website. Until February 24th you can also use ANTONINA15 at checkout for 15% off any ticket type. There are a limited number of tickets and once they’re gone, they’re gone so make sure you secure yours.