Saturday, 21 January 2017

City of Angels, The Big Mango







It seems to me that it's always a privilege to visit Bangkok, and I managed to stay there three times on my last trip.  Thankfully Joy enjoys it too; staying in Chinatown gives easy access to markets, grand street-food, the river, and countless temples of all sizes and levels of importance.

Despite being back in the UK since early December, I haven't got anywhere near completing the work on my images.  I'm still developing film and processing digital images, here's a sample of the latter, all but one taken in Chinatown.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Progress

Back in the outdoors after weeks of food/portrait work, some final Teesdale images needed, maybe have a look around Weardale too, before selecting images for various things in the autumn.  And the autumn is almost upon us.


Looking forward to a night at The Calf House too, magical place to re-charge batteries.


More news about Brougham Hall event and exhibition at Bowlees Visitor Centre soon.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Lately

Busy last week photographing food at Castle Arms Inn at Snape, and a Hospice Ladies Day - squeezed in a little DSLR film in between, a first for me.

Invested in a new rucksack for my kit, despite running repairs the old Lowe Pro finally disintegrated after 12 years or so.  Replaced  with a new one.

Out and about working on photographs for my exhibition in October.  Pleased to have solrd a framed landscape at The Teesdale Hotel, Middleton.  Still some there for sale, and a cracking place for food, especially Sunday lunch.  Dropping in soon with a replacement framed photograph.

Looking forward to another darkroom printing session soon.  Loads to do, as usual, enjoying every minute of it.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Burlesque

 
 
 
 




 
I've been enjoying burlesque as performance for a couple of years now, but have only photographed it recently.  These artistes performed at The Hidden Kitten Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, in January 2016.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Burlesque

Off to support Coral Calypso on the fine art of burlesque tonight.  She's quite a talent, emerging tonight into her first paid professional gig.

Looking forward to seeing tonight's costume, which I funded for the little bugger!  Last time out the angel wings were spectacular, but there's a new theme, show and costume every time with Coral.💃

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My Son - Cham Temples

Yesterday I visited the World Heritage Site at My Son.  The Cham civilisation flourished in Vietnam a couple of thousand years ago, and this site represented the finest expression of different Cham architectual styles in existence.

I arrived early, and was pretty much alone with Joy for two hours or so until the tourists started to trickle,then later flood,onto the precious site.  The entrance fee is about £3, I'm wondering if it should be at least triple that in order to increase revenue, and perhaps a limit on the numbers visiting the site at any one time.  I had all the time I needed to appreciate and photograph the site, but seeing large crowds of people arriving and flooding the site was a lttle unedifying; furthermore the challenge of fully appreciating the site must surely be greater when large numbers of tourists are there?

I'd read that there were around 20 of the original 70 sructures present, the rest having been destroyed by American bombing during 1968/69.  Well done America, you have destroyed a unique site of great beauty, and historical and cultural significance, hang your ignorant superficial heads in fucking shame.  There is not a shred of justification in bombing this place.

Of the remaining structues, some are superb, some have had a little restoration, others remain badly damaged, and surrounded by bomb craters.  In one of the buildings serving as  a small on-site museum there are a couple of bomb casings found on the site.  There is need of further restoration, and I suspect that the site might benefit from further archaeological exploration, I sincerely hope the funds can be found.

My Son is a place of great beauty, and is of global importance as a site representing Cham culture.  It is a mystical, spiritual place, deserving of our attention and care, in order to preserve and develop it to promote future learning and understanding.

I'll post images when I can in a couple of weeks.