Recent Reflections

The other day I popped into Kew Gardens. Admiring one of Mark Quinn’s nature-inspired sculptures, I took a selfie at a moment when the half term crowds were not in the frame, and the reflected landscape had a flowing, painterly quality. In addition to the instant painting, which appeals to the lazy/ time-efficient artist in … Read more

The Upsherin Ritual and The New Year for Trees

Most people are familiar with the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, but less commonly known is the festival of Tu B’Shevat – the new year for trees, which takes place on the 15th day of the Hebrew lunar month of Shevat which in 2023 falls at sunset of 5th February till the evening of Monday … Read more

Compositions & Colourful Hair

Seeing people with colourful dyed hair is pretty commonplace, especially here in London. But sometimes there’s an added element that makes me want to take a picture, and that is usually to do with the relationship between the colourful hair and its immediate environment. This series of images features people whose colourful hair visually interacts … Read more

Images of Abundance: Photography and Involuntary Memory

I was in London’s Chinatown the other day and took a number of photographs. One of the images featured the silhouette of a leafy tree, flanked by rows of red and yellow suspended paper lanterns. I made a connection to a photograph I’d taken when I was last in Israel of multi-rowed ruby display of … Read more

Journey Towards the Last Days of Autumn

In this post I’m featuring new images taken in the last month that contain references to nature’s golden and metallic hues, and combining them with visual associations photographed in previous Novembers. The journey starts locally, just up the road to me. A pile of golden fallen leaves is juxtaposed with a rolled up Persian rug … Read more

Glass Sculptures and Installations

Yesterday I visited London’s Kew Gardens. I’m a member so I try to pop in on a regular basis and photograph in different seasons and times of day. I went specifically to see the glass sculptures which are interspersed amongst the landscape. The artist is Dale Chihuly, an American born in 1941. The exhibition is … Read more

Colourful and Painterly Reflections

I was in Kew Gardens on a sunny day last week and took a few pictures including this quasi-Impressionist image: I decided to look back over the last few months and see what other colourful, painterly reflections I’d photographed. I remembered a series I’d shot at Hyde Park; abstract patterns reminiscent of Op art resulting … Read more

Life in Death: Emerging from Winter to Encounters with Buds & Florals

The other Thursday the weather was crisp and dry so I decided to seize the day and pop into Kew Gardens. ¬†Here are a series of pictures I took of buds against the dappled light; I think they are pussy willows:     Here’s a landscape format version where the diagonals suggest to me a … Read more

The Darling Buds of … March

Here are a few pictures I took this week at Kew Gardens. It was a very cold but very bright day. The magnolia trees were particularly striking to me and in various stages of flowering. I like the long fuchsia and purple buds:   There were pretty trees in full bloom. I think I must … Read more

Glow

In the last few months I’ve been increasingly drawn to looking at the way the sun illuminates objects, noticing light and shade. Maybe this is because I’ve been regularly life drawing and painting, in natural light when possible. There’s also a desire to seize the warmth and colour of sunlight, to balance out the grey, … Read more