28 August 2016


You think this blog and the photographs here are all over the shop? You're right. No themes, a big ol' mess of pottage. Portraits, actors, gardens, family, weddings, kids, seascapes, cats, dogs, bishbashbosh. All over the shop. Well, wait 'til you see my notebooks. Only, of course, they are objects, so you won't. But let me tell you, if you think these pages and pages of non-linear posts, these styleless ramblings are random, honest, the notebooks are "worse". Or better. Whatevs. I'm tending towards the better nowadays, in part because to hell with it, so I don't have a "style", I haven't found my "voice" and I no longer care. No one gives a monkey's dinkum so why should I? Look for example, here's something from my latest notebook:

The underlying pictures are by Stephen Shore - I have no idea what they are about, what they mean. And I have even less idea what my overlay means, what it is all about. It was meant to be an homage, paean, to Peter Beard, until I found out what a dipstick he was by listening to an interview with him. So now the above is left drifting with nowhere to go, with only the viewer able to impute some meaning to it, to graft something on post hoc. Good luck with that.  I guess I can't wholly remove the PB references though, but just remember - once done with admiration, there's none of that now.
One other thing: before you judge, remember, you need to see the original to truly make your mind up - in context and in the flesh it makes some sort of sense.

Last Rays and a Cup of Tea - Powys Castle (or, if you prefer, Powis Castle)

Why this one? The light. Mostly the light. But also the colours. The cup, on its own, on the grass. For the memory of it. For the speed with which the shadow encroached.

27 August 2016

Selfie 82

Why this one? The 1960s. The darkness, the light, the reflection, the glass/not glass, the contrast, the simplicity, the hidden.

Partridge: Unwell

Powis Castle Garden

Why this? Well, the colours and the dark shape of the fountain base; the coins under the water becoming obscure, unclear. The pink clouds like a constellation. Overall, the beauty.

At a wedding some time ago

Why this? Their beauty, the cohesion of the whole, and for memory.

At a Wedding some time ago

Why this? Because the bride is relaxed, prepared to be herself, doesn't feel she has to be the bride others expect. And because of the light, the dirt on the bottom of the dress (beautiful dirt in this case), the boots, the slight movement of her right leg.

National Garden of Wales

Why this? Because of the dirt on the wall and it's accidental beauty. Because of the geometry, because of the branch that represents nature and the reason the gardens exist, the clash of this with the wall. And the light, the sun catching the branch and not the wall.

Welcome to Mrs Lemon's: Sic transit gloria mundi.

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"Mrs Lemon's Visit to Japan" takes its name from a poster seen in Cornwall advertising a talk at the local Women's Institute. I hope there is something here you like.

NB If you go back in time far enough on here some of the photos start to disappear - not sure why. Whatever is happening with the missing pictures, apologies.



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