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Boys will be Boys, by Hania Farrell – Image curtesy of the artist
I keep hearing that we all have hidden talents. Well, let’s face it: some of us are more talented than others. Today, I wanted to talk to you about my very talented friend and artist/photographer Hania Farrel ( I have the privilege to know Hania in real life. From the way she designed our daughters’ primary school memory book, it was pretty obvious that she had talent (and perseverance, but that’s another story). Well, fast-forward two or three years (was it really that long ago Hania? How quickly they grow up!), and here she is, having her first photographic exhibition in central London –no less. It is called TEAL, and you absolutely have to go.

Hania’s pictures were taken in her native Lebanon. Her work has this Mediterranean vibe that I miss so much in London. I believe that there is such a thing as a Mediterranean identity, and it is clearly ingrained in Hania’s work. She has managed to capture the light, the skies and, most of all, the energy. And it doesn’t stop here.   This is Lebanon, and you can feel, in subtle ways, the complicated past and the remains of a long war. TEAL is about resilience, and how life goes on despite everything that can happen. Children are jumping in the water, always full of energy, as if the water had rejuvenating effects.

Hania is also a multimedia artist. There is a projector over a filled bathtub, a swimming pool on the floor, and the results are surprisingly realistic.

Finally, the venue itself, an un-modernised Chelsea house, is worth a look. It adds to the dramatic effects of the pictures, especially in the evening.

Hania kindly agreed to answer a few questions. Run to the exhibition, and let me know what you thought of it!

“What does the name TEAL mean?

Once I’ve layed my images down for the curation of the show, they were all either mostly blue or green …TEAL is the mix of the two colors

“How did you become a photographer?

My passion for photography stemmed from the lens of a vintage Kodak ……….., passed down from my grandfather at the age of 16. This was the birth of my fetish with point and shoot.This love was not sufficient to make ends meet and I had to manage my artistic time in parallel with work. As my passion matured, cracks of my dream emerged when I was recently selected a prize winner in the “Saatchi Magazine – Point & Shoot competition”, with ‘Boys will be Boys’ , taken on the Corniche in Beirut. Project “TEAL”  opened on Nov. 13 and is a result of the love with my camera which walks through my lifetime experience which began in Lebanon.

“What are the next steps? How will you take your artist’s career to the next level?

The plan is to make TEAL travel once the show closes in London.Without revealing too much, ‘Science and Religion’ will be one of the projects as work in progress in 2014 

I am hoping TEAL will open doors for challenging commissions be it big or small.

I wish Hania every success. I am sure that she will go very,very far !

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London

    Very best wishes, Hania…your photo is wonderful…and every success with the exhibition.

  • SarahHague

    Wishing Hania all the best for her exhibition.

  • Thanks for this information. I am unsure when my next trip to London will be, but am passing it two comrades who will be there shortly.

  • amyyoungmiller

    Wow! Lovely photo and thanks for the tip! Wish I was going to be in that part of the world but probably not.

  • Amazing photo above. xx

  • SueraeStein

    Wish I could hop over to London to take a look! Love the photo!

  • Jenny

    An unmodernised Chelsea house! I never thought such things still existed. I can remember ones without electricity when I was young though.

  • Carolina HeartStrings

    I bet this is an incredible exhibit on many levels. The shot you shared is wonderful. And even before I read the caption I noticed how they were all boys. Where’s our “tom-girls”? I will see if I can find some other images by Hania on-line. She has me intrigued!

  • Hania Farrell

    Thanks very much Caro xh

  • Hania Farrell

    Thank you Sarah xh

  • hania farrell

    Thanks Roy, happy to walk them through the show if they like..they can drop me a line to
    best hania

  • hania farrell

    thanks Amy, planning on making TEAL travel maybe it might be nearby.which part of the world are you in?

  • hania farrell

    thanks metropolitan mum xh

  • hania farrell

    thanks Suera

  • Carol

    How awesome. I just love creative talent and Photography is one of my favourites. Best wishes from Canada for her!!

  • Rohit Trilokekar

    Wow! How lovely. Wish I could be in London but I’m so far away :(… wishing you all the luck, dear Hania, if you’re reading this, and Muriel.. would love to visit London and the ‘National Theatre’ there too 🙂

  • AnnMullen

    Beautiful image. Hania has a flare for perfect timing. Thanks for sharing her and her work since I think I will have to pass on the exhibit.

  • Hania is indeed very talented. I am sure that you will hear from her in the US soon!

  • Rohit, I am pretty sure that Hania’s exhibition will travel the world. I wouldn’t worry!

  • Thanks Carol! She is so talented!

  • You are welcome. I can’t believe how talented Hania is!

  • Check her out, you will not be disappointed!

  • Then you need to visit it Jenny. The venue is fantastic!

  • Don’t worry, I am pretty sure that Hania’s work will come to you one day!

  • It is, isn’t it? She is so talented!

  • Don’t worry, Amy, I am pretty sure that her art will come to you one day!

  • It is worth a visit, Roy. That said, hania’s exhibition will travel. You might even see it in NY!

  • She has already created quite a stir in London…

  • She is so talented!

  • Wherever I go, I can overhear someone speaking French. It is truly amazing!

  • Curious indeed. i suppose that we want to protect our culture. But then, what about integration?

  • I think so too. I had to go outside of my bubble anyway because teh girls went to British schools.

  • Same here. maybe I am missing something. What is te point of moving abroad if you don’t want to be part of the community? I really wonder…

  • They are everywhere, Caro…Now you are warned!

  • Is it? I didn’t know that Toronto had a large Italian community.

  • It is weird, isn’t it? Sometimes, you just need to go outside of your bubble. that’s what I did, and there is no going back!

  • amyyoungmiller

    I’m smack dab in the middle of the US: Nebraska! Aka The End of the Earth. Any plans to come this way?

  • Penelope J

    Surprising numbers. What is so attractive to the French in London? It may be that the British attitude towards foreigners makes French residents live in a bubble. It can be more comfortable and safer to stick with your own in what is not exactly a welcoming environment.