Archives for posts with tag: Reflections

The Happy Owls, 2012

This was taken at the British Wildlife Centre, Surrey, UK.

The Happy Owls is a children’s picture book by Celestino Piatti. It was his first book and was published in 1963. Piatti was a graphic designer who worked primarily in poster design. The owl is a motif that ran through his work for the whole of his life. He has this to say on the subject: “You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret”.

The Happy Owls is about a pair of owls who are happy all the time and extols a kind of zen-like acceptance approach to dealing with the world. It’s beautifully illustrated; you can see most (if not all) of the spreads at The Art of Children’s Books.

Some other owls on our bookshelves:

Mother and Son Owls, 2012

In our house, the book can be found: dining room, right-hand bookshelves, fifth shelf down and the owls can be found: dining room, left-hand bookshelves, third shelf down.

For an owl from a different perspective, check out Sam’s blog.

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Thanks to John and Deanne, who got me titling my works. Extra big thanks to Deanne for all the encouragement and for inspiring elements of these posts – her blog is superb and I strongly advise you to check it out. Ta very much also to Terry for sending me to the bookshelf in search of ideas, and to Richard at CK Ponderings for being a cool collaborator. Our latest is was published yesterday on Richard’s blog. Please check it out!

The Accidental (I), 2012

The Accidental (II), 2012

These shots were taken on Kingsway, London, UK.

The Accidental is a novel by Ali Smith. It was published in 2005. That same year, it was nominated for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and went on to win the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. Who cares? Publishers I suppose – it’s good marketing copy. Personally, I don’t like all the freight prizes bring to your expectations of a novel. Anyway, despite that it’s a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone.

This is how it begins:

My mother began me one evening in 1968 on a table in the cafe of the town’s only cinema. One short flight of stairs away, up behind the balding red velvet of the balcony curtain, the usherette was yawning, dandling her off torch, leaning on her elbow above the rustlings and tonguings of the back row and picking at the wood of the partition, flicking little splinters of it at the small-town heads in the dark.

There’s some information on Wikipedia about the book, but it’s not entirely accurate. So I will direct you to the piece on Ali Smith instead.

In our house, this book can be found: sitting room, right-hand bookshelves, fourth shelf down.

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Thanks to John and Deanne, who set me on the path to titling my works. Extra big thanks to Deanne for all the encouragement and for inspiring elements of these posts. Also to Terry for sending me to the bookshelf in search of ideas, and to Richard at CK Ponderings for being a cool collaborator. Our latest is due tomorrow!

Let’s Pretend We’re Married, 2012

This was taken on a stationery Hayes train, Charing Cross Station, London UK.

Forever In My Life (I), 2012

Forever In My Life (II), 2012

The first image was taken in Central London and the second in Dulwich Park, UK.

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The past week’s posts were all named after Prince songs in response to this article. I recommend you also check out Obsolescence Project, where more questions (and jokes) about titles are being presented. A couple of posts back I asked visitors to vote on how I should title my photographs in future and the majority want me to continue with Prince titles, so I will.

O.F.Y.C. Showcase (for Deanne), 2012

Your Future Our Clutter is The Fall’s twenty-eighth studio album and was released in 2010.

On the lead track, O.F.Y.C. Showcase, Mark E Smith repeatedly sings the words “our future your clutter” – this being their 28th album I’ve always taken the line to be a joke – the band’s future is dependent on their fans acquiring their album thus creating more clutter in their homes. The words your and our were reversed for the album title, (apparently) at the last moment, to sinister effect. It’s nigh-on impossible to pin down why I’ve let The Fall take up so much shelf space in our home, but their ability to fuse the mundane with the strange and sinister is definitely a part of it. Now, back to my bottle of Alsatian wine…

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

These were all taken in the last four weeks. I like reflections, particularly of the city – capturing them is like getting two pictures for the price of one. The first shot is the only one where I made the subject the reflection, which I think gives it a completely different feel…

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

The Conversation is also the title of a Francis Ford Coppola film from 1974, in which Gene Hackman plays a professional snoop. I’m beginning to see parallels…

You can read more about The Conversation here.

Untitled digital photographs, 2012

An attempt at sneekiness – I wanted to take some candid shots of train passengers by using the reflections in the windows to catch them doing interesting things. What I hadn’t counted on was the double exposure effect the double-glazed windows would create…