Yesterday, my mum and I went to Somerset House to see two exhibitions: ‘100 Leading Ladies’ and ‘AOI Illustration Awards 2014’. ‘100 Leading Ladies’ was an exhibition consisting of 100 photos of Britain's most influential senior women, all photographed in a place of their choice. As many of them were quite old, I was unsurprised to see that only one woman had an electronic device in the photo (one of the younger women). Many of the photos were set in nature (women standing in forests, leaning against a tree etc.) I liked the idea of the exhibition, but what disappointed me was that I hadn't heard of any of the 'Leading Ladies' mentioned in the exhibition! This was slightly surprising because I have heard of several living inspirational women (J.K. Rowling, the Queen etc.) but none of them were photographed! Nevertheless, I was not disappointed with the Illustration Awards! I learned several new things, all of them listed here:
- Prosopagnosia is a neurological condition which allows individuals to receive an overwhelming amount of information as they read people's faces.
- Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.
- Hybrid vigour is the idea that plants are healthier more able to withstand the elements with a mixed heritage.
- Kombucha is a type of fermented tea, from the Japanese ‘kombu’, or kelp.
- In 2013, the words selfie, headfuck, kombucha and flash mob were added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The Oxford Dictionary Online added michelada (a drink made with beer and lime), balayage (streaky hair dye) and emoji (special written characters to denote emotion).
I really recommend you visit Somerset House and see the wide range of exhibitions there. You also have to have a look around the shop – there is a wondrous assortment of strange, funny and random objects there. Thank you Somerset House for a splendid afternoon.