Monday, 26 September 2011

The world from a child's eyes


Harrell Fletcher, an artist from Oregon, interviewed his 3 year old daughter, Beatrice. Click on the link below to read the amusing result and see the world as only a child would:

Fletcher has encouraged other parents to do the same, posting their submissions on his website Dumbo Feather

Friday, 23 September 2011

Do you have plans...

If you're wondering what you should do tonight, or even if you already have plans, drop it all and watch The Dekalog.

In case you haven't heard of this wonderful programme, I'll give you a brief description of what it's about. It's a 10 part Polish TV mini-series (perhaps why you haven't heard of it before). Each episode is based around one of the ten commandments & is set in a communist tower-block. Slow and melancholic, yet engaging and beautiful, it really makes you remember that big budgets and flashy effects aren't needed to engage the viewer. But if my recommendations aren't enough for you then Stanley Kubrick's should. He described it as the only masterpiece he could name in his lifetime. So, yeah... watch it!

I've attached a short clip from good old youtube from the second part, where one of the characters life hangs in the balance, just to give an example of how fantastic the imagery is. You should be able to find the whole thing on youtube. Enjoy!


Thursday, 22 September 2011



At the age of 18, Mike Brodie - The Polaroid Kidd - left home to travel the railways of America, giving conventianal living the same gesture as pictured above. Thanks to 3 years of gypsy-hearted roaming with a trusty Polaroid SX-70, Mike Brodie has become one of the youngest and most inspirational photographers of American travel culture.

If you fancy looking at more of Brodie's work, Needles & Pens have uploaded snaps from their August 2007 exhibition:


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Bend over and get polishing!

If anyone has seen the film Limitless, the film opens with the narrator proclaiming that if a man looks like he lives on the street, he either is homeless or he's a writer. Well this is Charles Bukowski and I'd be very surprised if he's ever sat outside your local supermarket.  So for your viewing pleasure here is this amazing poet, described by Time as a 'laureate of American lowlife', reading a powerful desiderata for the modern disenfranchised society....
Just to cheer you all up!


Welcome to a new year of...

Helicon has been around for over ten years, yet not everyone knows exactly who we are or what we're about. So, for all the Fresher's joining us at Bristol Uni as well other newcomers who, by one means or another, have stumbled across us: here's a quick low-down of what goes down at Helicon Headquarters.

Helicon is an online platform and printed magazine brought to you by students from the University of Bristol. Dedicated to showcasing new talent and keeping you up-to-date with local events and exhibitions, we are, in short, all about bringing together Bristol's creative community. From its humble beginnings over ten years ago, Helicon has evolved from a photocopied pamphlet put together by a group of English students, into an award-winning publication expanding into ever broader ventures...

* Helicon Online *

Helicon is first and foremost an online presence, consisting of our blog, Twitter and Facebook page, each of which are updated daily by our editorial team. Bringing you reviews, interviews and features, as well as a miscellany of titbits, our blog encompasses everything from Bristol’s local scene to the creative world at large.

* The Magazine *

Alongside publishing daily content on our blog, we publish a printed magazine each term, the content of which consists solely of our readers' submissions. (That means you!) So to guide you in your creative endeavours, the editorial team choose a theme for each issue. Once decided, we proceed to shout it out at the top of our lungs and encourage you to share your work with us!

* Submitting your work *

We are an unintimidating bunch who always love to hear from you. Our task is to look for what is successful in a piece and provide feedback even if it doesn’t make it into the magazine. We will also happily provide you with all the guidance and editing advice you want. In fact, every submission receives detailed and helpful feedback from our editors.

For the latest theme, submission deadlines and other Helicon news: check our blog, Twitter or Facebook page and keep an eye out for e-mails and posters.

All submissions are sent to

* We want you! *
Remember, Helicon isn't just for students; everyone and anyone is invited to join our ever-expanding Creative Collective. If you'd like to join our mailing list, send an email to with 'add to mailing list' as the subject.


Tuesday, 6 September 2011


I recently came across some photographs by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. Their book, The Architect's Brother, was selected by the New York Times as one of the ten best photography books of the year in 2000. 

In these images, Robert is dressed in a dark suit and white shirt, playing the role of the 'everyman', telling stories between man and the natural landscape.

Guardian (2003)
Book of Life (2000)
The Source (2004) 
Striking and dreamlike, their photographs have a romantic charm to them. Or perhaps I just like men in suits, who knows.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars - Oscar Wilde.

Are you in Bristol this month? Take a trip to the iconic silver ball in Millennium Square. Journey through the night sky in Explore's very own seasonal Planetarium show. Sit back and discover coloured stars, distant planets, amazing black holes and even learn some simple star-spotting tricks to use in your own back garden. Exhibition ends 19/9/11. 

Located: Planetarium, Explore-At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5DB 


Saturday, 3 September 2011

Fantastic artistic trickery!


More of music videos that are this, and less of music videos that are not this!