Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The photoshoot - it's an illusion

Can't remember whether or not I've shown this before. It sums up for me the illusory nature of photography - the glamour isn't glamourous, it's hard work, it needs a lot of work after the event and it's always selective, and often things are not what they seem.

I used this image as a "key stone" within 10 images in a recent exhibit.

....and by the way; thanks to those who have kindly left some remarks on the recent posts. These are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Just looking............

Walking around London and just experimenting with the shapes formed by the new city blocks.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

It's pretty up North

Behind yesterday's rough, tough motor workshop you will find this rather nice piece of city dereliction.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

It's lovely up North

"It's grim up North" is a phrase well known to softies who live in the South of England.

The other day I took a not-very-productive photo walk around North London (which is still "South": the North of England being a terrifying place where barbarians are rumoured to live. Of course, I am joking. Some of my best friends are Northerners).

The photography wasn't successful because my "creative eye" wasn't functioning well.

But I couldn't resist this scene.  I took several photos inside and around but failed to capture the essence I wanted, so I've ended up with this simple record snap of "the essence of North London". I love these places. An oily, really run down place with a couple of blokes working magic on motors. They were great chaps, welcoming us in and having a laugh about photographers.

Letty in Oz (a good cyber mate) has been bugging me to start posting again. She's right. I should be taking more pictures and showing them, but the weather has been awful for months (note the typical flat grey featureless sky that "climate change" is casting across London for many days of the year) and my attention has been diverted elsewhere. I will try harder, Letty.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

First snow

Yuk!!! The first snow has fallen. For Richmond in Yorkshire this might be normal, but not in Richmond upon Thames. My garden doesn't look too inviting......but the acacia tree is always a pleasure to look at, whatever the season, and so also is the large silver birch tree further down.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Back in London, back on the blog?

Some of you will have noticed the absence for almost a year. It's not easy to post a good photo day after day. Other priorities intrude. But I've not been idle, and the photogrpahs are still being made, though not in the same way.

We last saw the colours and delights of Oman (a country I grew to like very much), so it's a good idea to return with a classic shot of the City of London.

These days I spend a lot more time in the centre rather than out in the suburb of Richmond. If this blog continues, it'll be a mix of Richmond, London and anything else that comes along. Let's see where it goes.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The love of colour

It's clear that the human animal loves colour. This family of young Omani girls (all sisters) shows how women all over the world love to dress up and decorate themselves.