Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Another picture from Dubai Mall, this time of a diver on a wall of water.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

Over at my other place, I’ve written about Leonard Cohen and this challenge seemed like a good opportunity to use this image of an impending rainstorm as an alternative cover for his first album. If you’re at all familiar with his work – especially the early years – you’ll know what I mean.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

Last summer my grandson was blowing bubbles in our garden…


Venice: behind the mask

Carnival Mask

Some images from a recent trip to Venice. No gondolas, no Piazza San Marco and definitely no selfies.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

From last winter, trees reflected in Tranquility Base’s very own étang.



What’s the bloody point (and click)?

A few thoughts on the cult of the ‘selfie’ after a recent trip to Venice

the only deadhead in the hameau

What is it with ‘selfies’? Why do so many people feel the need to remind themselves constantly of what they look like?

Personally, that couple of minutes twice a day looking in the bathroom mirror while brushing my teeth is more than sufficient for me to keep the old memory banks topped up, self-image wise. I’m pretty sure I’d recognise myself anywhere, with no need for further training.

Of course there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a picture of yourself and/or your loved ones, either as a free-standing portrait or ‘on location’ (we were here, this us what we saw). But on a recent trip to Venice I couldn’t help but feel that the whole selfie thing had got out of hand.

Venice is undoubtedly one of the most photographed places on earth. And why not? It’s beautiful and – apart from the teeming tourists – fully deserving of its description of ‘La Serenissima’

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

We’ve all seen signs like this (from the door of a church in Venice). But who knew that those early Nokia mobile phones could shoot video?