Saturday, 23 May 2015

An afternoon at Photo London 2015

Abraham Oghobase - Untitled No. 4

Photo London 2015 at Somerset House.

I immersed myself for 4 hours yesterday.

I missed all the talks, the VIP lounge and the book signings, and concentrated on searching out images that moved me.

There is so much to see in the endless rooms of photographic works from high end galleries.

Not to mention the fascinating exhibition "Beneath the Surface" from the V&A archive, and the chance to get up very close to some of Sebastien Salgado's prints from 'Genesis in Platinum'.

Here are a few of my personal favourites from artists that I have newly discovered from my visit.

  • Tamas Dezso represented by the Photographer's Gallery .

His work for the series 'Notes for an Epilogue' describes the 'disintegration or spiritual tradition and physical heritage in Romania'.

from the series 'Notes for an Epilogue'

another by Tamas; not in the show

  • The intimate monochrome images of Pentti Sammallahti, also at The photographer's Gallery



Almost every image that he makes has a bird, animal or human element.

  • Masao Yamamoto

The highlight of my day was the discovery of Masao Yamamoto. His works fit in the palm of your hand, and the quality of the prints quite breathtaking.

The exquisite prints from Yasao Yamamoto

The image below is from his series Kawa=Flow

  • Martina Lindqvist

Also at the Photographer's Gallery was the series "Neighbours" by Martina Lindqvist.

And finally at The Flowers Gallery

  • Edmund Clark from his series on the end of the war in Afghanistan 'The Mountains of Majeed'

'The Mountains of Majeed 4' by Edmund Clark

And outside on the balcony, overlooking the Thames.

The Mountains of Majeed 8 by Edmund Clark

Yet again I am inspired to aim for images of better quality. With stories to tell.

And I have booked the piano tuner; something I have been promising to do for over 2 years.

For unlike this guy, I do have a piano.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

on entering my second childhood - barbie dolls and bird stones


Other half (OH) is getting worried about me.

I have spent my weekend collecting stones and leaves. Stones that look like eggs and stones that have faces. Camber Sands has a plentiful supply, and unlike shopping, stone hunting costs nothing. It is a fine way to spend time on a lovely beach when they skies are grey and the wind is blowing too hard for making photographs.

He feels I am regressing towards five years old. Meanwhile he is advancing rapidly to adulthood, for he has a new telephone.

OH has joined the land of modern technology with a 4G mobile device. He is very pleased with it. I taught him how to send a text message. He is advancing rapidly. Soon he might learn how to take photos with it too. I have avoided upgrading my phone for fear of taking even more photos than I already do.

I haven't told him about my Barbie doll. It would reinforce his view that I am rediscovering my childhood. I found her in an Oxfam shop. She likes to go out in the garden and explore the spring flowers.

When I was 5 I didn't play with dolls, and I have never before owned a Barbie. There is only one problem; she doesn't have many clothes. She has a short skirt. And that is it. No knickers or even a brassiere. And I am not going to go and buy her any. She will have to make do with what she can find.

I chose her for her blue eyes.

Who could resist them?

she can hide behind a rock

In the interests of public decency I have fashioned a top for her.

She looks ravishing in pink.

She can look a bit 'naughty' without her top on. We won't go there. That's a very different story.

Barbie and the magnolia tree

She is hoping to feature in a book of flowers one day.

The main thing is that she injects a bit of frivolity into my 5 year old life, and fun at five is so much better than dullness in my late 'several decades after 5's.

Which brings me onto age and beauty. Barbie never ages. I sadly do.

Have you tried the new how old do I look app?

I couldn't resist it.

I was delighted to be told that I am 4 years younger than I really am. I tested it again on a second photo taken in India a few weeks earlier. That made me only 2 years younger than I really am.

I pointed out to OH that going to India added two years to my life. And it certainly felt like it.

OH pointed out that the holiday had taken two years off my life and that I was now 2 years younger as a result.

We beg to differ.


I shall carry on collecting stones, for that is what I do.

stone eggs

And just so that I can say to OH that I did something with the leaves that were adorning the kitchen table, here is one that looks like a fish. It is from a Magnolia Grandiflora.

leaf fish

I shall carry on playing with my barbie doll.

owl stone

And I shall carry on looking for birds and other animals.


For if nothing else, it will stop me taking pictures of litter.

tree with red plastic bag

For a few minutes at least.

Until the next time.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Approval from master landscape photographer, Charlie Waite

I entered a landscape photography competition on Photocrowd in the hope of winning a place in Light and Land's exhibition at The Mall this summer.

I didn't quite make it.

But to be give 4th place out of over 950 images by Charlie Waite was a prize in itself.

He says

"It is important for the viewer of any abstract photograph not to try and unravel what it is or where it was but to accept it as a whole. The moment one starts to try and decipher how it was done the relationship between viewer and image is broken. To me this image is full of light, packed full of emotional triggers, very calming and at the same time dramatic. The feeling of light is very well conveyed and the relationship between the deep blue and the dark brown of the reeds and the hill-like shape in the middle of the photograph works really well. The ‘apparent sky’ is completely acceptable even if it isn’t a sky at all and the vertical streaks in the top of the picture do not spoil the pleasure of the image"

Thanks Charlie.

You have made my day.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

An owl displaced

A familiar venue.


An owl.

Some concrete


Someone else's sculpture

A bit of fun.

Beside the sea.