Thursday 31 October 2013

Friday 25 October 2013


I find it hard to pass the Millenium Footbridge without taking photos. While it used to be the architecture of the bridge, its long, lazy leap across the Thames and the shadowy heft of its underside,  now it's more often the people: above me, in movement, outlined, sometimes  poignantly, against the sky.

on the bridge
time stops and distance shrinks
their hands touch

Wednesday 23 October 2013

White water

to be imagined:
the floating fading colours
of lemon lime mint

Saturday 19 October 2013

Dutch light in London

In the odd little riverside microclimate of the South Bank and its irredeemably ugly concrete arts complex, the light can be surprising and extraordinary.

Thursday 10 October 2013

Around the lake


Around the lake, an Autumn forest of tousled gold and green and purple.

more photos
while the tall reeds
and flowers sway softly
the heron stands still

Monday 7 October 2013

Cat's eyes


Tuesday 1 October 2013

Painted by a shy September sun


The sunshine has been rich and soft, if infrequent. Both when the sun shone and when it didn't, September's light was perfect for taking photos and I found I'd taken some I rather liked and that perhaps cohere around a certain mood.

Is it very sad, or very weird, to say that taking photos reassures me that I'm still alive? I think I felt a bit better about this after reading Loren on the twelfth anniversary of starting his blog, which is one of my favourites, full of wisdom, skill and joy in life. "Blogging is the mental equivalent of regular exercise.", he wrote, "Forcing myself to write here has kept me more alive than I ever thought possible." An intensely practical way of putting it, and I knew at once what he meant. It's how I feel about taking photos and how I felt for a long time about blogging.

So here we are again. I'm not sure right now if I'll be returning here for the long term or having a go at something else. But having a go at something. Making shapes and pictures with words and with my camera is too important, too fundamental, to walk away from.

A selection of September photos is here - best viewed as a slideshow.