The Little Black Gallery

With summer now far behind us, and the Christmas and New Year holidays to look forward to, plans are ahead for leaving the city. So, whether you are flying to the sunshine or warming yourself by the fire Alistair Taylor-Young’s ‘Holiday’ exhibition at The Little Black Gallery, sponsored by World Club Travel, is the perfect place to escape – to either remember the holidays or to plan a new one! Looking at his stunning shot taken on the Island of Lampedusa (image above), you can almost smell the sea air whilst gazing across the cliffs to the sea below.

From the professional to the amateur our exhibition ties in with, or perhaps is the antithesis of, the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. Open to all photographers, with the only prerequisite being that the photograph is a scene in the UK, the exhibition is at the National Theatre. Then pop next door to the Southbank Centre and see the annual World Press Photo exhibition. It is the premier annual international competition in press photography, bringing together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful and moving images of the year. Now in its 55th year, 101,254 images were submitted to the 2012 contest by 5,247 photographers from 124 different countries! It is hard not to be moved by these truly thought provoking images that provide a timely reminder of just how lucky we are. This provides the perfect excuse for a walk down the river to the relatively new Wapping Project Bankside to see Nelli Palomaki’s series of portraits of young pupils from the Nakhimov Naval Academy, a Russian military school in St Petersburg. After all this culture you should head towards London Bridge to food heaven and Borough Market…just make sure you head there on an empty stomach!

Other big shows in town this winter include the National Gallery which is holding its first major exhibition of photography – ‘Seduced by Art’. A must-see of a show, the gallery focuses on the relationship between painting and early photography as well as contemporary photographers.

Of course, Christmas in London means the Ice Rink at Somerset House, but this winter I will also be heading down there for a very different reason – the Valentino Fashion Exhibition. Showcasing over 130 of his designs it really is a celebration of a legendary designer. Then you can head for the ice rink and a glass of mulled wine! Happy holidays.

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