He says: Z is for Zen

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. “Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every… Continue reading

The Youthful Heart

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. “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ― Franz Kafka . A toast to the Y is… Continue reading

He says: Y is for Youthful

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. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. – 1 Corinthians… Continue reading

Rabbit in a Tree

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. “Our perceptions are fallible. We sometimes see what isn’t there. We are prey to optical illusions. Occasionally we hallucinate. We are error-prone.” ― Carl Sagan . Yesterday I spotted a rabbit, sitting… Continue reading

Brimstone Butterfly Treacle

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. “Things are both more trivial than they ever were and more important than they ever were, and the difference between the trivial and the important doesn’t seem to matter. But the now-ness… Continue reading

He says: X is for Xanthic

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. . We live in a beautiful part of the world surrounded by fertile fields and during the Spring those fields turn xanthic. What is xanthic? It means yellowish, like for example, a field… Continue reading

If you’re having a tough week… a moment of cute to ease it

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Ever have one of those days, weeks, years, when you wish you could be Sleeping Beauty, even if her story isn’t ideal, she did get to sleep. And you’re tired, so tired… sleep…… Continue reading

That Wonderland Feeling

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. `Are you content now?’ said the Caterpillar. – Lewis Carroll . It was a blustery day, I was hot and sweaty, grimy from gardening, nothing W is for Wonderland about that, or… Continue reading

He says: W is for Wonderland

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. . “Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” “Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again. “No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the… Continue reading

Scream if you want to go Faster!

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. “Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture.” ― Vladimir Nabokov . When I… Continue reading

The Drowsy Bee

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. . Today I found a drowsy bee. It was having trouble walking and even more trouble flying. So I popped it up on to the table and gave it a big helping of… Continue reading

He says: V is for Vinyl

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. “People don’t appreciate music any more. They don’t adore it. They don’t buy vinyl and just love it. They love their laptops like their best friend, but they don’t love a record… Continue reading

Seeing with Ultra Violet Eyes

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. “I always think about what it means to wear eyeglasses. When you get used to glasses you don’t know how far you could really see. I think about all the people before… Continue reading

He says: U is for Ultraviolet

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. . No camera tricks, no fancy photoshop effects. Just a picture of my hand covered in Ultraviolet paint and shot under a blacklight whilst wearing a white t-shirt. U is for Ultraviolet.… Continue reading

The Shadow of the White Rabbit

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. “Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.” ― Lewis Carroll . T is for Time time for tea, tea for two, two-timing ticker, ticking away, tick tock tick… Continue reading

He says: T is for Time…

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…Which is ironic really because I have suddenly become very busy with new projects and time might be on Mick Jagger’s side but it is not on my side. . “Time is a created thing. To say… Continue reading

By the Light of the Silvery Skull

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. “This sentence is made of sunlight and plums. This sentence is made of ice. This sentence is made from the blood of the poet. This sentence was made in Japan. This sentence… Continue reading

He says: S is for Sunlight

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. “I am alive, and drunk on sunlight.” – George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords . I don’t shoot with sunlight much. At least not the one that occasionally glows in the sky. My… Continue reading

Whodunit…?

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“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.” ― Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express . The curtain opens… . . Inspector Cat McKitten,… Continue reading

He says: R is for Retro

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“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” – Marcel Proust . Retro is in. Retro fashion, retro music, retro everything. It’s all about the nostalgia. The remembrance… Continue reading

A Queen of Quirky

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. The Doctor: You were supposed to be dying. Face of Boe: There are better things to do today. Dying can wait. – Doctor Who: New Earth . Q is for Quirky .… Continue reading

Impressions of impressionists*

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An extra post today and a little bit of fun. Earlier this morning I posted Q is for Quirky and in order to give my self-portrait a bit of added Quirk, I used the… Continue reading

He says: Q is for Quirky

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. What does quirky mean to you? To me it means an eccentricity, something that is different, unusual, peculiar. I decided to do a self portrait, except that we don’t consider the things we… Continue reading

The Passionate Pen

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. “Painters must want to paint above all else. If the artist in front of the canvas begins to wonder how much he will sell it for, or what the critics will think… Continue reading

He says: P is for Passion

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“Let all of life be an unfettered howl.” – Vladimir Nabokov . . Passion explodes. It is never static, it moves at an uncontrollable rate and the mind cannot temper it. You can try.… Continue reading

The Mask of Obscenity

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. “Show me a man or a woman alone and I’ll show you a saint. Give me two and they’ll fall in love. Give me three and they’ll invent the charming thing we… Continue reading

He says: O is for Obscenity

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“The sort of twee person who thinks swearing is in any way a sign of a lack of education or a lack of verbal interest is just a fucking lunatic.” – Stephen Fry .… Continue reading

Stand Up Eight

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. “Fall down seven times, Stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb . One of the first lessons, which we learn, in life, is the ability to fall, over, and over, as we attempt,… Continue reading

He says: N is for Numbers

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If Man is five, if Man is five, if Man is five Then the Devil is six, then the Devil is six The Devil is six, the Devil is six and if the… Continue reading

Sin City – Contains Graphic Content

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. “The noir hero is a knight in blood caked armor. He’s dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he’s a hero the whole time.” ― Frank Miller .… Continue reading

Time for a choc-ice

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Yup, we’ve reached the halfway point in our A-Z photo challenge and it’s intermission time. Both myself and Jennifer added our ‘M’s’ and now we’re taking a two day break but don’t worry,… Continue reading

A Hop, Skip, and a Dance Macabre

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He says: M is for Macabre. He says, Macabre is the substance, the art, of a Master of Horror, suspense, and Suspiria… She does not entirely disagree… . . Yet… She says, Macabre… Continue reading

He says: M is for Macabre

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. I think the camera was always my obsession, the camera movements. Because for me it’s the most important thing in the movie, the camera, because without the camera, film is just a… Continue reading

The Ace of… Butterfly, Moth and Caterpillar

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A story begins when a door opens, or closes, and yet, it is always ajar. A jar, leaking jam in and out, back and forth, the, sticky, substance, of stories. Which butterflies rather… Continue reading

He says: L is for lepidopterology

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. L is for Lepidopterology. What now? It is the study of butterflies and moths. If that term applies to those that study them through the viewfinder then I am indeed a lepidopterologist. I… Continue reading

To Play the King

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. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet . To manipulate your life, cheating death, control the cards, assure yourself a winning hand, make… Continue reading

He says: K is for King

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. “Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” – Alexander the Great . My name is Stephen. You knew that right. Did you know that Stephen derives from the Greek for… Continue reading

I Am Merely The Joker

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.  “I don’t belong anywhere. I am neither a heart, a diamond, a club, nor a spade. I am neither a King, a Jack, an Eight, nor an Ace. As I am here… Continue reading

He says: J is for Joker

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. Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah Some call me the gangster of love Some people call me Maurice Cause I speak of the pompitous of love People talk about me,… Continue reading

Why take it all so seriously?

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. “I’m simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?” ― Emil Cioran . Is it ironic that the mere mention of irony, especially online, can suck all the humour out of… Continue reading

He says: I is for Irony

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. . But is this picture really ironic. Or is the focus actually perfect. Forget the sign, it’s irrelevant, the model is the star. It doesn’t matter. If the image is ironic, then… Continue reading

The Bleeding Heart

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. “But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red…” ― Walt Whitman . Whenever I feel a twinge, a stab in the heart, and the drops, of red, begin to… Continue reading

He says: H is for Heart

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. . “When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” – Milan Kundera . I put my heart in to the things that are important to me. To my photography, my… Continue reading

Every Little Helps

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. “Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.” ― Jonathan Swift . Every little helps… What does that mean? I… Continue reading

He says: G is for Gigantic

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. . Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic. A big big love – Pixies song lyrics . I’d love a team of tiny helpers. I don’t have them, I have a cat and I’m her gigantic helper.… Continue reading

Stealing Souls

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. “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard,… Continue reading

He says: F is for Fetish

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. fetish noun 1. a form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.  2. an inanimate object… Continue reading

After the Explosion

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. “Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded… Continue reading

He says: E is for Explosion

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. . Or an eggsplosion if you like. You don’t like? Well I went there anyway. It could be an explosion of life, of colour, of anything but in this case it’s an… Continue reading

Hiding in Plain Sight

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. “Meticulously, motionlessly, secretly, he wrought in time his lofty, invisible labyrinth.” ― Jorge Luis Borges . Do you know why actors wear make up? It is not a beautiful disguise, designed to… Continue reading