I have always had a 'thing' for great knitwear ( scottish name, who knows) and I just really love this loose, but chic cable knit sweater. And then there is 'Puppy.'
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Well! Quite a bizarre feeling to have the tables turned on you. Not entirely comfortable with being photographed, but photographer Rebecca Thomas made it easy. Awesome images by her...and her post by the way is on the Crane Brothers Dispatch edition. Ps: the purple cashmere top is from Rodd and Gunn. Glasses Karen Walker, scarf is from my wife Tabitha, watch is Tissot, and pants Barkers.
Monday, October 10, 2016
My wife Tabitha very rarely lets me photograph her, so it's great when the chance. More-so because, of the many people I have photographed over 6 years, there is no better style I love more than Tabitha's. Hers is totally timeless, understated and beyond trend...yet always so now. I love her style, from the unabashed strong frames to the chic heritage look that she's able to pull off. Amazing Holland Cooper blazer, and Ralph Lauren shirt.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
You may have heard of Westworld by now. It’s a new series that is receiving a lot of buzz. Westworld centres on a Wild West theme park made for the rich to come and visit – an entirely fabricated one. Guests come and fulfill their wildest fantasies. The “hosts” are these incredibly human like androids that are studiously programmed to fulfill their clients every whims in the Westworld theme park. And those whims can be incredibly dark.
In a nod to The Truman Show – Westworld is built and maintained by a lab headed up by Dr Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins).There is also a head of Quality assurance, a behavioural engineer, and a story programmer. The "hosts| have been programmed to be as realistic as possible. They respond to guests coming to the park, they can bleed if they’re stabbed; they can even hold conversations with one another.
However, cracks start to show - however subtle. Pained expressions appear, stutters occur. Are the flaws due to upgrades? What if the robots start remembering the violent trauma done to them? Is there a deeper game at play in the park? And what is the real agenda of Management? Additionally, it turns the usual robot/monster with sentient abilities (which has been around since, well Mary Shelley and The Modern Prometheus in the 1800’s) on its head. To quote a cool piece from The Independent, the show asks “How does it feel to be a sophisticated, emotional machine built solely for the purpose of being used for others enjoyment and to indulge their bloodlust.”
The fascinating thing for me is that it's all too plausible; for a park like Westworld, frighteningly, there is no reason - outside Government legislation -that this couldn’t exist as artificial intelligence develops. As I mentioned in the first post, there are already large concerns about autonomous robotic systems entering warfare, and the myriad moral problems that go with that.
Another point to make - The cast is totally top shelf – my personal fave being the Man in Black, played by Ed Harris (expertly played by Yul Brynner in the 1973 version). He plays a seasoned returning park guest who has appeared to have figured out the inner workings of Westworld determined on finishing the game—shooting and stabbing every robot he can in his pursuit. He is "the distillation of pure villainy into one man," according to one HBO release.
Westworld is about our relationship with The Machine, and as technology and science progresses, what it means to be human. Quite frankly I find all this rather more frightening than your usual horror. On the other, it’s weirdly exhilarating. I’m gonna have nightmares watching this. But it’ll be my new watch.
Westworld airs on Mondays at 2pm and 8.30 pm, SoHo on SKY, and is available to stream on NEON. Watch the trailer here.
Teddy Flood (James Marsden) a newly arrived gunslinger in pursuit of a local beauty, and Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) - a Western girl who discovers her entire life is an elaborately constructed lie.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
Every so often a series comes along that sucks in the air around it, depriving other shows of oxygen. I can still recall all those simple black and white massive posters saying ‘Who killed Laura Palmer’ to showcase a new series. Damn weird the series was too - didn't get great early reviews – but boy did I, and many others adore it. It was called ‘Twin Peaks’.
Westworld (and let's admit ..what a cool title) is a much-anticipated HBO series, coming to SoHo on SKY, and also streaming on NEON. It is set at the advent of artificial consciousness. A theme park where you play out whatever fantasies you like. Think of an ecosystem where every, and any human appetite may be indulged. That fantasy might be noble, it might be depraved.
Westworld is based on the original 1973 movie of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton (the man who brought us the sci-fi classic ‘The Andromeda Strain’) but it is sure going to be exciting to see where Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Westworld takes us (Nolan co-wrote Interstellar and helped his brother out on Memento and the Batman films), and Joy is working on the big screen Battlestar Galactica). And did I mention that it is exec produced by J.J. Abrams?
Throw a fab cast into to the 10 EP series like Anthony Hopkins (he plays Dr Robert Ford, the park mastermind with an eye on everything) Ed Harris (The Gunslinger and long-term resident of the theme park, Thandie Newton (The brothel’s Madame Maeve Millay). and Evan Rachel Wood (playing a "host" called Dolores Abernathy working in Westworld,) and you have something serious going on here. The question is whether it has the script and plot power to be another Game of Thrones.
When futurism and science fiction meet on the visual screen the results can be terrifyingly stunning (Lost, Humans, Blade Runner). Of course they can also be terrifyingly shit (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century). But from the rumours, it seems there is little doubt that Westworld is set to impress. And it is set to ask questions that to be sure are pertinent to the future; to what capacity will robots interact in our lives, and to what degree will they be imbued with intelligence. Already deep concerns for the public - in the military arena developing robot systems for warfare are already underway (If a robot kills a human, is anyone at fault, is one thorny area)
I’ll be seeing the first episode mighty soon, so I will let you know. See the trailer on the SoHo site.
Oh yes, and the first episode of Westworld premieres on SoHo on SKY at 2pm Monday October 3rd and again at 8.30 pm. It will be available to stream on NEON once it has aired on SoHo.
Original poster from the 1973 Westworld
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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Saturday, September 3, 2016
Harriet was in Wellington from Auckland for an exhibition. She is a jellyologist ( apparently it's quite a thing), and the exhibition involved the use of jelly and spatial design - the way jelly moves, the various forms it can take. Etecetera. Fascinating what people get into. Love her kimono styling.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Streetandcityphotos.com has been contracted to Heart of the City to provide some streetstyle images. It's a valuable site if you want a few cool things to do; eating and drinking, as well as events, in the Auckland CBD area - which by the way, it seems, month by month, is being filled with an ever growing choice. Especially in top eating establishments. It never used to be this way.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
'Have you been to Russia?' Victoria asks. 'Well you will know that people here are very very friendly' she says. Victoria has only been in New Zealand for a few months, and really loves it. 'But it does take a lot of getting used to. It is so different to home.'