Bouziès to Saint Cirq Lapopie

Originally posted on Modern Eccentrics:
I am very lucky to have two dear friends, Penny and Annie, who live in the Lot. I try to visit at least once a year, if I can, as I am always made to feel so welcome and it is such a beautiful area of France. Last year I wrote…

The City in Lockdown – Aldwych & Kings Cross

This set of images shows the ride from Somerset House and the Aldwych, up Chancery Lane and Gray’s Inn Road up to great railway stations terminals of St Pancras and Kings Cross and then up to the Central Saint Martins campus at Granary Square. I am doing my best to ignore everyone and stay away…

The City in Lockdown – The Southbank

Another day, another bike ride, this time crossing the river on the Millennium Bridge and then returning north over Waterloo Bridge. In between, I visited Tate Modern, Gabriel’s Wharf, the National Theatre, the Hayward, the London IMAX and the London Eye. It’s still strange to see these tourist attractions closed and deserted on a lovely…

The City in Lockdown – The Barbican & St Pauls

Another bike ride, another set of photos documenting life during Lockdown in London. On this ride I took the time to explore the Barbican and St Pauls. I was deputy manager of the bookshop in the Barbican for a year in the nineties, and weirdly for a lot of the time the place felt as…

Lockdown V&A Diary 281-300

Five days into this V&A diary selection, the Museum closed its doors to the public and subsequently the staff. As I write we are all working from home, discovering more and more about the Museum and the wonderful collection we share the building with. This selection has a little bit of a Japanese focus, which…

Transitional Object (Murder Barn)

‘Transitional object’ is a term borrowed from developmental psychology describing things like comfort blankets that children adopt as mother-substitutes, as props to test reality.’  Sam Jacob With art galleries and museums closed all over the country, and indeed all over the world, I am using this as an opportunity to go through my photo library…

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

With most of the country heading towards total lockdown and the V&A currently closed, now seems the perfect time to virtually escort you round the wonder that is ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk‘. A traditional unisex and utilitarian garment, literally meaning ‘thing to wear’, the kimono has over the past four centuries become synonymous with Japan…

V&A Diary 261-280

This next set of 20 images I’ve taken around the Victoria and Albert Museum feature designers and objects close to my heart. The model of the Villa Stein-de Monzie, Garches, France, by Le Corbusier reminds me of my first trip to Paris at the age of 19. I went with my friend James with whom I was…

Dora Maar at Tate Modern

This is the last weekend to see the wonderful show at the Tate looking at the work of Dora Maar. The most comprehensive retrospective of her work ever staged, it examines her entire career – influential photomontages, street photography, her painting and her role as Picasso’s muse. During the 30’s Maar worked as a professional…

Japanese Textile and Craft Festival

  As part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20, Erna Janine of Freeweaver Studio has organised the third Japanese Textile and Craft Festival at Craft Central the weekend (the 13-15th of March). The show is exhibiting the work of a variety of artists and craftsmen, all of whom take direct or indirect inspiration from…

American Pastoral

The ‘American Dream’ holds a popular place in western imagination, and probably dates back as far as the first European settlers themselves. The idea that anyone can work hard, apply themselves and make their fortune is almost universal, but the people of the USA have made it their own. The flip side of this though…