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Venue work

Start at the bottom and work your way up.

The launch of Playtime, a tidy looking cocktail bar on Islington Green, was one of the first gigs I covered. Four-to-five months down the line, I am no longer shooting the overtly tipsy, dodging and diving as I go, but quietly and thoughtfully working out the infinite angles of interior work.

It was therapeutic; I listened to music, and in absolute solitude, spent two hours readjusting camera and tripod. It is another photographic skill, and one that utilises object and space; not emotion and movement.

It can only be beneficial. I hope to develop and refine this skill.

Welcome to Playtime

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Project Chameleon; Playtime bar

Who would have thought…the photobooth really did work.

They’re such a wonderful group of girls…and in their own words, Project Chameleon is:

“We are a non-profit organisation, which manages and organises eclectic and edgy fundraising events. It is run by volunteers which means there are no costs and the full amount raised at our events goes directly to the programs themselves.

Project Chameleon aims to become a social movement. Every person involved in making our events happen is donating something, whether it is the acts donating their talent, the venue its space, or the photographers their time. So once again 100% of the money fundraised is spent directly on the development program the event aims to support.”

Now, the charity event held at Playtime bar, Islington Green, was an almighty success. I didn’t think it at all possible to associate work with play – but my, my, weren’t those lines blurred.

I believe a total of £2000 was raised for Senegalese street children.

Event organiser, Claudia (right), and her dearest friend, Jane

The mother

The manager

The barman

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Playtime launch

Located on Islington Green, a few steps from Upper Street, Playtime is a swish cocktail bar offering a fine selection of drinks and an even more impressive selection of interior design and art.

This Thursday, the venue played host to a private gathering of friends, notables and press to celebrate the new artwork exhibited by Robert Gordon McHarg III; Gordon is perhaps best known for his quirky Subway Gallery found in Edgware Road tube station. The bar looks cool, feels trendy and the cocktails, superb.

A Bloc Party DJ set, a hula hooper, and an intervention group of semi-clad, cross-era swimmers entertained the ‘cocktailed’ guests with zest and zeal – all were contented.


And this is how it all appeared to me:

It’s a venue worthy of a visit.

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