Archive for March, 2009

John Hurt CBE, QUAD

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Katapult were proud to be a main sponsor of the QUAD gala dinner on Friday 27th March, which was held at Cathedral Quarter Hotel who kindly hosted the entire evening. All the money raised from ticket sales went straight to QUAD -  Derby’s new gallery, cinema, workshop and Café Bar.

It’s great news that John Hurt CBE is the new patron of QUAD and we enjoyed spending the evening with him. We watched some of the highlights of his acting career as well hearing from John himself in a relaxed interview with Keith Jeffrey, Director of QUAD.

Katapult Monkey even made the occasion and approached John for a photo opportunity. You can see more photos from the evening on our flickr feed.

John Hurt CBE

Night_Scene Photography Exhibition

Thursday, March 26th, 2009


Clean Graffiti

I went to Scene Photography’s private viewing last night and really enjoyed their exhibition ‘Night – Scenes of Nottingham in the Small Hours’. It was exhibited in a great location, on the top floor of the Waterstones bookshop in Nottingham. I love bookshops and even more so at night time. I arrived to the quiet calm of the bookstore and gradually heard the chatter of voices and clatter of wine glasses as I went up the escalators, which added to the evenings reveal.

It was good to see the place packed full of people; speaking to Rob, one of the duo of Scene Photography he said that it’s always the most nervous part of hosting an event as you naturally worry about whether people will turn up, picturing yourself standing in a empty room. There was no need for any concern as the room was full and had a real buzz. I always try to return to an exhibition when its quiet, to revisit the work.

I understood that the work came about after they did a number of evening shoots for clients and realised how different the streets were when most people had gone to bed and felt this would be worth capturing. So months of 3am/4am shoots followed during the British winter. The photographs are eerie, some almost look fake due to the stillness and lack of human presence.

They also kindly gave a little pack of limited edition prints to each guest – nice touch guys.

Exhibition collectors prints

Katapult Car Spotted on Google Streetview

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009


katapult car goole streetview

Google Streetview is where you can now view most cities in the UK as if you were walking along the street. I imagine most people have been on it already to type in their home address and been a bit amazed as well as freaked out by this new development in street mapping.

We were contacted at the studio on the day Google Streetview went live, with the first spotting of the Katapult Car. Yes the number plate is blurred but this little car is still easily identified. We have been informed the find was pot luck, so if anyone else spots it while having a nosey around let us know.