Pace Yourself

If you’re into photography then you will probably have heard the name Hiroshi Sugimoto.

He’s a Japanese photographer who spends much of his time between Tokyo and New York. Using an 8×10, large format camera, he specialises in extremely long exposures. This gives his work incredible detail and depth.

You might have seen his Seascape series featuring 3hour long exposures of… seascapes! Or perhaps his Theatres series, where he visited old cinemas and drive-ins, opening the shutter for the duration of the film, letting the light from the film illuminate its surroundings.

But he’s back with a new series!

An exhibition called Still Life. Have a look around the work (displayed at London’s Pace Gallery), and I’ll tell you why later.

I went along with Mum, Bella and PJ (who stalked us with his Leica!)

Vast, intricately detailed landscapes and natural scenes adorn the whitewashed walls.

They’re the sort of photos that draw you in for a closer look. The longer you stare, the more you’ll see.

Just incase you’re more into fashion than modern photography… I have to tell you about this dress!

It’s another of my hard-found, highly prized bargains. You know I love finding things that look more expensive than they are, and this is the best one so far!

C’mon, take a look.

That price is too good to be true, right?

Well, apparently not! Just look at the detailing…

The lining isn’t the best, but for the price I can’t really complain.

Shoes are French Sole, Prada bag, black wrap coat, Silver May Love Bangle

Now, you might be wondering why a collection of wildlife photography is entitled “Still Life”.

Well it’s all a bit stuffy really.

Literally. The animals are stuffed.

The pictures were all taken inside Natural History Museums. They’re part of his Diorama series.

The earliest work was shot back in 1976, when Sugimoto first moved to New York and visited the Natural History Museum.

“The first time I saw a diorama I was overwhelmed by the fragility of existence that it captured. Being models of nature, dioramas include many of the world’s constituent parts. The only thing absent is life itself. Time comes to a halt and never ending stillness reigns.”

On closer inspection you’ll notice that the backgrounds featuring far flung countries, are in fact painted backdrops.

It is well worth a trip to Pace, to get up close and personal.

If you ask Bella how she feels about it, she’ll make this face and say “Ohhh… it’s good!”

Reviews don’t come any better than that!

You’ll have to be quick, the exhibition finishes this weekend… so get there on Saturday if you can.

If not, check out the book, there’s more to see in there anyway.

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  • ah love the dioramas! Was just there to see them actually. Sort of side note // how stunning are the interiors of the natural history museum?! I’m SO happy it’s like a 15 min walk from where I live. x

  • Helena Wehling

    Great post! As an art lover, I will definitely visit this exhibition.

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  • Well now I feel like an art afficionado! Lovely post. I may just have to check out the book as I’m not London bound until next week, I do love a good photography exhibition!

  • What a fascinating play on ideas, images & preconceptions (I’m loving your dress as well, so pretty!

  • The photographs are amazing! Love your dress so much x

  • What a beautiful exhibition. Luckily I have a free day tomorrow so I’ll definitely be heading down! Thanks for sharing x

  • This place sounds incredible. I love art gallery they’re some of the most wonderful places. And your dress is gorgeous I love the detailing, I’ve never seen anything like it before. xx

  • I love the shot of the wolves!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Wow oh my what an original concept! I had never heard of him before but I’m very curious now! Thanks for sharing Rosie <3


  • Adaleta Avdic

    Absolutely lovely & I feel like a broken record but your hair is just the most luscious gorgeous hair I’ve ever seen. Seriously! xx, Ada

  • I love museums. I could spend all day in one. I appreciate all forms of art including the fashion. I also loved the photo of you and your mum standing by the column looking off in the same direction.


  • Shade of Red Blog

    I love culture-related posts! Thank you, Rosie.

  • This dress is so 60s-mod-Chanel! What a combo!

    How lovely is it to have a talented photographer friend who will ‘stalk’ you with his Leica? Lol, every bloggers dream friend!

    Hope you have a great weekend Rosie!

    L I F E + 1

  • Megan

    Love the dress but may I ask what size you went for please? Unsure whether I would be a S or M! (Size 8-10 UK size) x

  • Kate

    The exhibit looks really interesting!


  • I love this work, we studied similar photographers on my course but the good old film camera produce amazing quality pictures – so breathtaking

    Lauren x

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  • I love Hiroshi Sugimoto! Some of his work was displayed last year at The Getty in Los Angeles. He took photographs of the Madame Tussauds wax figures of Henry VIII and his six wives. The wax figures look so realistic as he had captured every bit of detail! I wish I could see this exhibit…hopefully it makes its way to LA. x Kate

  • Those photographs sound fascinating! Especially the ones involving the dioramas. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for an LA exhibition in the future. 🙂

    Always, Anita

  • Great photos. I love this photography, very beautiful!

  • Harriet Wild

    Perfect – I’m in London this weekend and kept Sunday free to explore a museum – I’ll go here! Thanks Rose x

  • Harriet Wild

    Damn – Saturday wasn’t a serving suggestion – I’ve just checked out the website and that’s when it finishes. Hey ho. There are usually a few things happening in London(!) so I’ll check out something else. X

  • Rebecca

    Oh wow, thank you for sharing this, I definitely learned something today! Looking up Mr. Sugimoto…..

  • Chloe Brown

    Beautiful Photos! Especially the one of the wolves- amazing contrast.

  • Meg Honigmann

    Lovely post, the art looks great. I love Bella’s jacket/blazer, do you know where it is from? x

  • Molly

    Looks like an amazing exhibit! I’m also super obsessed with your coat – looks gorgeous!

  • Lovely post! Your coat is amazing too!

  • Great post! And I was wondering about those animals, but it never occurred to me that they were stuffed!!

  • This exhibition looks amazing! I must give it a visit 🙂

  • When first looking at the photos I was thinking “how can this be long exposure since the animals looks so sharp?” Not for a second did I think they were pictures of dioramas. How brilliant!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • This is such a fantastic post, if I was in London I’d definitely check out this exhibit! The photography looks absolutely incredible, what gorgeous pieces!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Wow, that was definitely a plot twist that I didn’t see coming! Really these photographs are so intricate… from far away, they look like paintings – really, really cool paintings!

  • Did not expect to find that they were dioramas! Incredible all the same. Love the shot of the trees xo

  • Such a shame this is only on until this weekend 🙁 Would have loved to have seen it!

  • thesmellofroses2

    Great post! Such a pity that I already have plans for tomorrow. I guess I’ll have to settle for the book.

  • ….combining low and high ends together is utterly my thing 🙂
    Once again a fantastic look, Rosie!

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  • His work is always amazing! I’m so bummed I live too far away to go to this exhibition! :/ Glad that at least got to see some of it now 🙂


  • Pretty dress!!! You look amazing!!!

  • mademoisellecharli

    Hi, Rosie! Love your entry as always! But maybe you should consider noting that sheinside is an asian website and their sizes are really tiny! I recently ordered a parker in xl thinking it would be huge only so i could hand it down to my mum, who’s a xs! Just saying, so your curvier readers won’t be disappointed =)

  • Emma and Emily

    Gorgeous photos! What a lovely way to spend a weekend.

  • Totally thought that dress was an expensive designer one! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  • How incredible, I would have never guessed and what a great deal on that dress!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I checked out the link to the website for the dress! What a great find 🙂

  • It’s so lovely that Mama Londoner (aka Silver May) joined you and your friends!

  • Lizette Buitendag

    Your coat is stunning, but it costs R50000. Silly South African exchange rate 🙁

  • Oh wow this looks amazing! Wish I could go see this 🙁 lovely dress to gorgeous xo

    amber love

  • love love love the Silver May honey bee stack rings ! My brother bought me the honey bee charm and I’m in love with it, now I’ll just have to add the bee ring to my christmas/birthday list 😉
    Betty x

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