Archives for posts with tag: Winter

Street Portrait (for and of Steve Marchant), 2013

Steve was standing outside the Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street, enjoying a coffee en plein air when I asked if I could take his photograph. I loved his understated artist’s look and was really pleased when he agreed to the shot. It was perishing again, and given that I had several attempts, I hope his coffee didn’t go cold in the process. Thanks very much, Steve! Hope you like your photograph.

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Street Portrait (for and of Jon), 2013

Street Portrait (for and of Jon), 2013

Jon was minding his own business waiting for a theatre (typically, I can’t remember which) to open, when I bounced up and asked if I could take his picture. I love his style – there’s something quite futuristic about it (with very interesting details), while being completely of the moment. Anyway, thanks very much, Jon! Hope you like your picture.

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Street Portrait (for and of Peter), 2013

Turning the corner from where I took the shots of Pierce, I immediately spotted Peter. He had a very purposeful stride, so I didn’t think he’d stop. So I’m really grateful he did! I’ve always wanted to have long hair and dress like Peter, but I know I’m really too uptight – like down to the marrow. Anyway, thanks very much for stopping, Peter! Hope you like your picture.

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Street Portrait (for and of Daniel), 2013

Street Portrait (for and of Daniel), 2013

Today, London was grey and cold. The streets were all but deserted, so I took a few miserable shots of people in shops. And a few more of a man behind some railings and another man on the bus. I was on the point of giving up when I spotted Daniel. He was incredibly snappily dressed (from head to toe – let me tell you, his shoes were superb), and amazingly he agreed to stop in the freezing cold and have his portrait taken. Thrice. Thanks very much, Daniel! You made my photographic day. Hope you like your picture.

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If you want to see all the street portraits to date in one place, go here: http://tfipmremix.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/london-faces-remix/

Street Portrait (for and of Pierce) #1, 2013

Street Portrait (for and of Pierce) #1, 2013

Well, I’d spent about an hour trying to photograph birds in flight – don’t ask. Anyway, thwarted, hassled and with a crick in my neck I headed back where I should have been in the first place. And the first person I saw was Pierce. So in thrall to my quiet desperation about the lack of bird action was I that I walked straight past him. It took a while for his image to sink in. Yow! And then I was back there. Pierce was really good about letting me take shots of him (about ten) – these are the best two. Thanks very much, Pierce! Hope you like your pictures.

Street Portrait (for and of Pierce) #2, 2013

Street Portrait (for and of Pierce) #2, 2013

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If you want to see all the street portraits to date in one place, go here: http://tfipmremix.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/london-faces-remix/

Street Portrait (for and of Kenny) #1, 2013

So the day before yesterday saw sunshine briefly bathe Kingsway in a frigid yellow glow. In certain places it manifested itself as a harsh spotlight. When I saw Kenny I legged it to the middle of the road and took as many shots as I could between passing pedestrians and rumbling traffic.

We had a brief chat – and Kenny very generously agreed to having his portrait taken. Did I mention it was perishing cold? Anyway, thanks Kenny! Hope you like your picture.

Street Portrait (for and of Kenny) #2, 2013

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If you want to see all the street portraits to date in one place, go here: http://tfipmremix.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/london-faces-remix/

Street Portrait (for and of Jimmy), 2013

I spotted Jimmy outside Covent Garden tube station, and walked beside him until he’d finished on the phone. He was really nice about having his portrait taken. He was wearing a fantastic ensemble, but the glasses are to my mind the highlight. Great look. Thanks very much, Jimmy for being my first portrait of 2013! Hope you like your picture.

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If you want to see all the street portraits to date in one place, go here: http://tfipmremix.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/london-faces-remix/

First Frost, 2013

This was taken in Beckenham, UK.

First Frost  is a short story anthology, edited by Charlotte Cole. It was published in 1998.

Contributors include: Charlotte Cole, Angela Carter, Helen Dunmore, Carol Shields, Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith and A.L. Kennedy. A pretty stellar line-up. It’s at this point that I have to admit to not reading it yet, although I’m a big fan of all the above-mentioned writers. Nikki says it’s great, so it’s gone on my list for this year.

Here’s what it says on the back cover: “Friendships growing in long winter evenings, moments of love in a snow-encrusted landscape, the heart-soaring freedom of a clear cold sky…First Frost is an irresistible and evocative collection of stories by some of the best contemporary women writers – a breathtaking winter read.”

And here’s the first paragraph of Helen Dunmore’s Girls on Ice:

Ulli has studied the brackish waters of the Baltic in high-school science. She remember field trips when she had to sample and test sea water before reading up on experiments which reported the leaching of DDT from the shores of our great neighbour into the tissues of the Baltic herring. Our great neighbour. That was what they called the Soviet Union then. Ironic, derisive. That was the way to survive. There are no national borders as far as pollution is concerned, their teacher had emphasised. They should arm themselves with information. It was their future.

In our house, this book can be found: dining room, left-hand bookshelves, second shelf down.

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Thanks to the usual suspects (John, Deanne and Terry) for title shenanigans and Richard at CK Ponderings for being a super-cool collaborator. Our next collaboration will be posted on Richard’s blog on Sunday.

Street Portrait (for and of Nigel Ruwende), 2012

Street Portrait (for and of Nigel Ruwende), 2012

Wotcha! Happy New Year All! I spotted Nigel from the other side of Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London sometime in the dog days of last year. He was so utterly cool I had to ask him for a picture, and I was delighted when he said yes. Nigel is features editor on http://www.individualism.co.uk/ , an extremely stylish blog – I urge you to check it out. Thanks, Nigel! Hope you like your picture.

Street Portrait (for and of Jonathan), 2012

This shot was taken around the Inns of Court – I’m not sure of the exact location. Jonathan was finishing his lunch when I asked him if I could take his portrait. He very generously agreed – and I took four shots with slightly different settings. This is my favourite. Thanks, Jonathan. I hope you like your picture.