Posted on July 29, 2014
I recently visited Monet’s Garden, in Normandy. You’ve probably heard of it, and of Monet himself, the founder of Impressionism.
The garden itself is rightly famous, although I was surprised to discover that almost all of the plants there are quite common varieties, rather than horticultural curiosities. What grabs the attention is the way they are all closely planted in what is a comparatively small space.
The overall impact is quite stunning, but for me the details were even more impressive. Clever old thing, Nature.
Posted on July 14, 2014
Posted on June 21, 2014
Posted on June 1, 2014
This photograph was taken a few years ago from the balcony of my apartment in Abu Dhabi. A fire had broken out in a residential building just around the corner (on Electra, for the locals) and the emergency helicopter service was called in to rescue some people who were trapped on the roof. You can just see one being winched inside the hovering helicopter, hanging on to a crew member for dear life.
I converted the original to black and white, partly for dramatic effect but also to get round the impact of the smoke haze on the colour original.
Posted on May 25, 2014
Posted on May 21, 2014
As I may have mentioned, Madame is a quilter and quilting is undoubtedly an art form.
This is a waistcoat that she made for me a couple of years ago that was exhibited at the International Quilt Show in Dubai. To my mind it is undoubtedly a work of art (and yes, I do wear it. In public, too).