One of the great perks of starting to blog is that one finds oneself a member of a new community. Bloggers, on the whole, are a thoroughly nice bunch; supportive, encouraging, vicariously excited and sad for one another, committed to what they do and appreciate of anyone else who works hard to achieve the same, or at least similar, things. In amongst your new community you can find interesting thoughts, helpful advice, inspiration and sometimes a damn good pal or two. So when you see a fellow blogger seeking a little help, you want to do your bit - to cheer them along, to help them reach a particular milestone or to show off their brilliance a tiny bit.
So I couldn't have been more thrilled to support (in my own very tiny way) the opening of an exhibition of the work of Stephanie Sadler, aka Little London Observationist. Steph's was one of the first London blogs I stumbled across when I was getting The Accidental Londoner off the ground, and we have known about each other for several years, corresponded briefly from time to time, but never actually met. A month or so ago, a new blogpost appeared on Steph's blog, excitedly sharing the news that she had been given the opportunity to exhibit some of her dramatic city photography, which she also shares on her blog. The exhibition was to be held in the artist-run pop-gallery, The Chance Gallery, in Chelsea. As long as Steph could raise some funds to support it. Oh, and here was a link to her Kickstarter funding plea. I couldn't click through to her fundraising page fast enough!
And I was not alone it seems. Steph's Kickstarter project swiftly met its funding target, and on Monday I headed down to SW3 to check out her exhibition's opening night. The party was already in full swing when I arrived, together with the lovely Cool on Demand, another blogger I haven't seen in an age, and the Accidental Cyclist, who loves a spot of cool urban photography. The little gallery was stuffed with people, chattering away and clutching personalised 'Little City Observations' exhibition cupcakes (which were as tasty as they were pretty!), served off lacquered picture frame trays.
The cupcakes were so tasty that one just wasn't enough
After finally meeting the lovely lady we were here to celebrate (albeit briefly...I think some post-exhibition blogger drinks are in order!), we perused the photographs, scoffed down some yummy nibbles (including a tasty cupcake or two), and got chatting to some of our fellow exhibition-goers. The place was still packed with other bloggers, artists, online people and friends and family of Steph when we checked our watches and noticed the evening had flown by. Steph reported that her opening night lasted several hours longer than intended; but that's got to be a good thing right? Many congratulations, Steph, and let's hope this exhibition is the first of many.
If you want to check out Steph's photos for yourself (and you really should - her photos are waaaaay more impressive that the blurry horrors in this blogpost), pop down to The Chance Gallery, at 123 Sydney Street, Chelsea. Maybe make her day and buy one.