Unspeakably Desirable

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. “There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” ― Mark Twain . Go on, treat yourself! . Such wonderful words of encouragement, but oh the quandary it creates,… Continue reading

All Keyed Up

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. “Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death.… Continue reading

The Key

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. “I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.” ― Louisa May Alcott . I always lock my door, not… Continue reading

Creative Genius: Le Petit Chef by Skull Mapping

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf . Thank you very much to an awesome friend for sharing this with us, and for… Continue reading

Smoky When Lit

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. “I had a good-talking candle last night in my bedroom. I was very tired but I wanted somebody to be with me, so I lit a candle and listened to its comfortable… Continue reading

Grrrrrr!

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. . It’s not Halloween yet. Is it? No it isn’t. But there’s no reason to time stamp the post. So it’s Halloween? It will be when someone reads this. And not when… Continue reading

The Great Object of Life is Sensation

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. One of the primal experiences in life, is sensation, and one of the first sensations we experience, and pack in our personal suitcase, is pain, the pleasurable pain of being thrust into… Continue reading

The Pumpkin

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. “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: Religion, Politics, and The Great Pumpkin. ” ― Charles M. Schulz . At the strike of twelve, the witching hour,… Continue reading

The All Seeing Eye Phone

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. “There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.” ― Raymond Chandler . I don’t know if it’s deadly, but it definitely feels like a trap. It being… Continue reading

Bloody phone!

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. . I need my mobile. To connect to our clients. When email simply won’t suffice. But when it will. I can remain silent. The ringing of the phone. Disorientating. Hide! Or answer. Bloody… Continue reading

The Mobile Telephone

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. “Seemed to me a phone was an impersonal instrument. If it felt like it, it let your personality go through its wires. If it didn’t want to, it just drained your personality… Continue reading

Self portrait of the true artist

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. . Me? No. I’m not that arrogant. Let the camera step in to the spotlight. The true artist revealed. I point. The camera captures. The lens sees. Things I do not see.… Continue reading

Reflections of Home

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. “… to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” ― Carl Sagan . For as long as I have known myself, I have been searching for… Continue reading

The Mirror

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. “Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” ― Jean Cocteau . Mirror, mirror, on the wall… Let me not ask you any questions at all, just tell me what you see, and… Continue reading

Music fills the halls of SDDP towers

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I spent my formative years listening to vinyl. At the age of eighteen, in 1983, I abandoned vinyl for CD and have spent the last 32 years of my life slowly lowering the… Continue reading

The art of Rage Quitting

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. . I love playing video games. Being transported to new worlds. Meeting new characters. And chopping off their heads with a massive sword. Who doesn’t? But I also love to be challenged… Continue reading

Press the Button!

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. “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac . Press the button! But which button? . Like a kid in a candy… Continue reading

The Game Controller

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. “In battle or business, whatever the game, In law or in love, it is ever the same; In the struggle for power, or the scramble for pelf, Let this be your motto… Continue reading

While my guitar gently weeps

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. . I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping While my guitar gently weeps I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping Still my guitar gently… Continue reading

Purple Haze all in my Brain

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. “Purple Haze all in my brain, lately things don’t seem the same, actin’ funny but I don’t know why ‘scuse me while I kiss the sky.” Jimi Hendrix . I can’t play… Continue reading

The Guitar

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. “And she was not beautiful asleep. Her expression slack and not angelic. The very ordinariness of it so beautiful he felt a yearning to be something more than he was or could… Continue reading

Serenity now

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. . When we first chose the Torch as our next Objectivity challenge my mind went back to the games we used to play as kids. Shining a torch under our chins in… Continue reading

A Weekend Away… off the grid

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. “Act your old age. Relax — This won’t hurt.” ― Hunter S. Thompson . Dear J & M, Thank you very much for a most fabulous weekend away, off the grid, in… Continue reading

A Cute Angel

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. “To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is – in other words, not a thing, but a think.” ― Penelope Fitzgerald . These are words, black, on a… Continue reading

The Torch

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. “The Somebody Else’s Problem field is much simpler and more effective, and what’s more can be run for over a hundred years on a single torch battery. This is because it relies… Continue reading

Hammer Blow

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Drum roll please….. For the latest in our Objectivity Challenge we are shooting a hammer. Well, that’s right in my wheelhouse thought I. This has ‘High Speed Photography’ written all over it. I… Continue reading

Not quite Hammer Time

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I know, I know, I nag myself but I’ve been busy the past few days and it is not quite Hammer Time yet. Plus, Jennifer’s images were so awesome that I have to raise… Continue reading

Finding your Happy Place

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. “A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi . According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who coined the term ‘Going with the Flow’, who created… Continue reading

The Sum of All Parts

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What makes you personally feel connected? What bridges the gap between you and others? . . “Invisible threads are the strongest ties.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche . In modern times we may rely on… Continue reading

Breaking the Ice

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. “Sleep seems to hammer out for me the logical conclusions of my vague days, and offer them to me as dreams. ” ― D.H. Lawrence . One of the daunting challenges in… Continue reading

The Hammer

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. “For all your years prepare, And meet them ever alike; When you are the anvil, bear, When you are the hammer, strike.” ― Edwin Markham . You can lead a horse to… Continue reading

Smoke gets in my eyes.

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. They, said some day you’ll find All who love are blind When you heart’s on fire You must realise Smoke gets in your eyes . . The matchstick. I smoke to think… Continue reading

This is the Enderman my friend

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. “This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end No safety or surprise, the… Continue reading

The Matchstick

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. “The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.” ― Carl Sagan . The fifth object in our Objectivity… Continue reading

How To Be Forever Young

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. “There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. There’s your answer.” ― Gertrude Stein . Does age matter? Of course, age matters, because the… Continue reading

A Tasty Rose

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. . I had a ‘nutty’ idea for our next ‘Objectivity’ challenge. I would turn a jar of Nutella in to a living sculpture. I love the rose motif. You know that already.… Continue reading

The Jar of Nutella

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. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz . When did you first discover chocolate? Can you remember that initial introduction to… Continue reading

Don’t look back in anger….

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. . …. It’s likely to give you a stiff neck. . Rachael: Do you like our owl?  Deckard: It’s artificial?  Rachael: Of course it is.  Deckard: Must be expensive.  Rachael: Very. –… Continue reading

The Owl and The Pussycat… 10 years or so later

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. “The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea    In a beautiful pea-green boat…” – Edward Lear . On the day that Owl and Pussycat went to sea, the waters were calm,… Continue reading

Celebrating the Capturing of Shadow and Light

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. “I have seized the light. I have arrested its flight.” ― Louis Daguerre . Today is, World Photo Day, about which you can find out more here – Purpose. Passion. Perspective. .… Continue reading

The Owl

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. “Perhaps he does not want to be friends with you until he knows what you are like. With owls, it is never easy-come-easy-go.” – T.H. White . The owl, is often used… Continue reading

Whodunnit

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. . When Jennifer suggested the Shoe for the latest in our Objectivity Challenge my mind went to romance, to drinking champagne out of a wedding slipper, to Cinderella. But then I read the… Continue reading

Creepy Pasta Scary Tales

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. “A baby’s laughter is one of the most beautiful sounds you’ll ever hear. Unless it’s 3am. And you’re home alone. And you don’t have a baby.” – Will Ferrell . Can you… Continue reading

Pate a Shoe Pastry

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. “It all began with a shoe on the wall. A shoe on the wall shouldn’t be there at all.” ― Dr. Seuss . When you’re a child, you view the world in… Continue reading

The Shoe

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. “One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” ― Harper Lee . Shoes have fascinated man and woman since… Continue reading

Watching the Detectives

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. . First up in our object challenge is the magnifying glass and what are you going to do with a magnifying glass if not look through it. At the camera lens. Through… Continue reading

The Magnified Soul

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. “My passions, concentrated on a single point, resemble the rays of a sun assembled by a magnifying glass: they immediately set fire to whatever object they find in their way.” ― Marquis… Continue reading

The Magnifying Glass

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. “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle . The magnifying glass, Sherlock Holmes’ favourite weapon, used to spot… Continue reading

Objectivity – The Next Photo Challenge

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. “Visible things can be invisible. However, our powers of thought grasp both the visible and the invisible – and I make use of painting to render thoughts visible.” ― René Magritte .… Continue reading

Why Dragon No Fly Zen

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.     “Enlightenment is like everyday consciousness but two inches above the ground.” – D. T. Suzuki . A few years ago, Stephen and I, decided to create a pond in our garden.… Continue reading