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weekly travel theme: gloss

some glossy images from our trip to Myanmar/Burma

glossy papier maché owls and other figures

looking a bit as if some of their gloss has been rubbed off

there’s definitely a high gloss on this Buddha figure


sharing glossy images with Ailsa & co.

Daily Post: alphabet

Letters of the alphabet are all around us – in signs and street art







travel theme: extraordinary

Within the castle of Girne (N. Cyprus) is a studio where reproductions of some of Cyprus’ bronze age artifacts are sold. They are based on some of the originals to be found in the museum of Lefkosa/Nicosia. What I find so extraordinary is that these beautiful objects were being created at the same time as the UK, for example, was still in the grips of its own bronze age which produced nothing similar.


From where did the artisans get their inspiration and the know-how to create such sophisticated and intricate pieces?

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weekly photo challenge: grids in Barcelona




all photos taken in Barcelona

inspired by the Daily Post

travel theme: Buddha’s feet

Did you know that there are 108 distinguishing marks on the soles of the Buddha’s feet? I certainly didn’t and it took some research to track down what the meanings are. I have to admit that I don’t know if the interpretation varies in other Asian countries. These photos were taken in Myanmar.


Chaukhatgyi paya, Yangon

Shwethalyaung pagoda near Bago

posted in response to Ailsa dropping a ladder on her feet.

Travel theme: gleaming

Most of the countries we’ve visited in Asia go in for gilded decoration in a big way:
gleaming gold in Myanmar


the Shwezigon pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar


gold and white gleam in the golden temple in Amritsar, India


and white gleams at the white temple at Chiang Mai, Thailand


Thanks to Ailsa for this ‘gleaming’ challenge

I’ve been published!

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At the beginning of June 2015 I took part in the 5th annual Exposure competition. Much to my surprise and delight one of my images was chosen to feature in a special exhibition of digital art in the Louvre on 13th July in the Art Photography Collection. If you scroll down to my image and then click on it you can then see the other images I submitted.

That photograph has now been included in the book that has been produced to celebrate this year’s competition, my image is on page 27. The book will soon go on sale to the general public and net proceeds from the sales will go to the charity Pencils of Promise.

Until 26 August 2015 the book will be on sale at the disounted price of $53, after which the price will be increased to $78.

most unusual use for a public toilet?

You may have heard of the “Pop-Up” phenomenon. Usually it refers to temporary restaurants or temporary shops but it’s increasingly being used for other activities.
Walking along Bristol’s Park Row this summer, my sister and I passed a small building which houses public toilets. The building hasn’t been used for this purpose for some time, although the pervading smell would indicate to the contrary. On the day we walked past we were surprised to discover that a life drawing class was taking place in the gents’ toilet!


Unable to resist a challenge, in we went and sat down for half an hour or so to sketch the seated model. Although my sister has been attending life drawing classes I hadn’t attempted any such thing for more years than I care to remember. However, I did my best and confined myself to drawing the negative space around the model (and no, I’m not sharing my drawing, since you ask).


The Ladies toilets were being used as an exhibition space



As you can see, the original fixtures and fittings are still in place but the invading greenery may take over in the not too distant future. After admiring some of the artwork, we left a contribution towards the purchase of some supplies to be used in similar endeavours in the future. It was definitely an interesting location for an art class and we applauded the initiative of the two girls who had organised it.

travel theme: ecclestiastical grey

I’ve been visiting a number of cathedrals and churches this summer – grey of colour maybe but certainly not devoid of interest. These shots are of Gloucester cathedral, UK




Robert, Duke of Normandy

This is the doorknocker to the sanctuary church of St Nicholas, Gloucester. It features a devil’s head surmounted by the upside-down head of a woman with her tongue sticking out to lick the bunch of grapes hanging above her.


You need a guide armed with a flashlight to find this bas-relief of David and Goliath. I would never have seen the little frog perched on the rushes in the bottom right hand corner if it hadn’t been pointed out to me.

bas relief of David and Goliath, Wells cathedral, UK

Generally, one thinks of cemeteries as being grey places simply because of what they are. However, just to prove the exception to the rule, I’m including this photo of the cemetery in Talmont in the Gironde, France, because the hollyhocks made it such an enchanting place.


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Travel Photo Mondays: Nek Chand and the rock garden

I don’t usually read The Economist but yesterday I happened to be leafing through a recent copy and came across an obituary of Nek Chand, who died on June 12th, aged 90. Now unless you are Indian or have been to India you probably don’t know who Nek Chand was.
Nek Chand, originally from Pakistan, was responsible for the creation of a rock garden in Chandigarh, which city is more famous for having been designed by Le Corbusier. Initially, in 1958, he started creating his ‘kingdom of gods and goddesses’ in a forest clearing but this was closed down as illegal. However, city officials decided to encourage him and in 1975 the project was given official blessing and took off from there. Today it draws many visitors, apparently it’s second only in India to the Taj Mahal.
“The earliest constructions in his garden in the forest were modelled on both the village life he remembered and the divine haunts he imagined: winding paths, walls and rivers, terraces and waterfalls, temples and alleyways and fairground formations of dancers, musicians, water-carriers, snake-charmers, revellers, horses, buffaloes and birds”. They were constructed from blocks of stone, concrete, and cement to which he added bits of crockery, broken tiles, electrical fittings, glass beads and bracelets, etc.
We visited his wonderful garden a few years ago (more posts of our Indian trip to follow) and it was indeed a magical place.














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