Month: February 2016

WPC: State of Mind

For this week’s photo challenge Ben reminds us that, “Every photo we take says something about our emotions at the moment of taking it.” His challenge this week is to “…share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.”

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Our beautiful granddaughter is 8 months old today and when I took this photo of her on my iPhone two days ago my state of mind was simply one that was full of love, joy and gratitude.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons 2

I couldn’t resist posting this image from my archives as a second response to Jen’s photo challenge this week. She writes that the word “seasons” need not only embody the “world or the weather” where we live but can also express “the seasonality of life itself”, and asks us to share an image from a period or phase in our lives that resonates with this.

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What could be more appropriate than this rather sombre photograph of me as a young student over fifty years ago playing the part of Sir Thomas More in an amateur production of Robert Bolt’s A Man for all Seasons. I was certainly no Paul Scofield, who played the part on the play’s opening night on July 1st 1960 at the Globe Theatre in London, but I believe I acquitted myself well enough.

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We used this copy of the play for our production, reprinted for the sixth time by Heinemann in 1964 and another of my library’s treasures. This is Bolt’s description of Sir Thomas More from page xxiii:

SIR THOMAS MORE: Late forties.Pale, middle-sized, not robust. But the life of the mind in him is so abundant and debonair that it illuminates the body.  His movements are open and swift bur never wild, having a natural moderation . The face is intellectual and quickly delighted, the norm to which it returns serious and compassionate. Only in moments of high crisis does it become ascetic-though then freezingly.

Was I debonair with a face that quickly delighted, becoming freezingly ascetic in moments of crisis? I somehow doubt it, and I’m not even sure I know what that means, but thinking back all those years ago and looking at the photo of me as a young man starting out on my life’s journey I feel the “seasonality of life” could not be better illustrated.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

Thanks to Jen’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons, yesterday we visited Vancouver’s beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park and captured, in a few snapshots, a sunny Saturday afternoon in one of our city’s special places.

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Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

The open crocuses, rhododendrons and snowdrops, a wedding in the sunshine, children playing peek-a-boo around the Henry Moore sculpture and dancing in front of the fountains, the tulips and daffodils getting ready to burst through, a leisurely cyclist, and all against the backdrop of the city, blue sky and cumulus clouds – I hope your spirits are as uplifted as ours were.

I’ll be back when the flowers are in bloom to share the glorious array of colours that await.

Thanks Jen.

WPC: Life Imitates Art

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After Convergence 13.2.16

In this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge Sheri asks us to “…find inspiration in a piece of art. Then, imitate it.” The painting I have chosen is Convergence by Jackson Pollock painted in 1952 and now residing in the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo New York.


Convergence – Jackson Pollock – 1952

“I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc. because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.” Jackson Pollock.

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Homage to Pollock 13.2.16

“It seems to me that the modern painter cannot express his age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or any other past culture. Each age finds its own technique.”
Jackson Pollock, 1951