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JJ Waller self-portrait

JJ Waller talks about Through The Lens Festival

After 11 years of being associated with St Leonards and Hastings, photographer JJ Waller is proud to finally be a part of the Coastal Currents festival this September. Erica Smith interviews him about his appearance at the inaugural Through The Lens Festival of Photography from 31 August to 8 September at St Mary in the Castle.

Derby Day G Peter Dench

New photography festival launches in Hastings

It is hard setting up a new project in Hastings because there is always so much going on; and a brand new photographic festival could have been labelled madness. There are a lot of good photographers in the area but photographers are notoriously lone wolves and do not like to be herded together. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went to talk to the Through the Lens Festival team, Jo Kilmartin and Kim Hall, to find out more.  

Miro at the zoo © Lee Miller Archives, England 2016. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

Miro’s magical animals

Hastings, in many ways, is spoilt for choice for culture that is on the doorstep: amazing gardens as well as artists’ and writers’ houses open to the public – Charleston, Bateman’s, Farley Farm, Knole, Sissinghurst; live bands and talks. A few weeks ago HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths tripped across Antony Penrose who had come to the Printworks from nearby Farley Farm to talk about Joan Miró, who he had met as a child, and his children’s book Miró’s Magic Animals.

Lee Miller and Picasso after the liberation of Paris, by Lee Miller, Paris, France, 1944 © Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved.

Lee Miller: The Angel and the Fiend

I was terribly, terribly pretty. I looked like an angel, but I was a fiend inside”. This is how Lee Miller described herself in an interview towards the end of her life. ‘A fiend’ she may have been, but the ‘terribly pretty’ was a bit of an understatement; in the 1920s and 30s, she was considered one of the great beauties of  her time. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths, a great admirer ever since she first came across Miller’s photographs many years ago, spoke on the phone to her son, Antony Penrose, about a play based on his mother’s  life and work – The Angel and the Fiend – at St Mary in the Castle.

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