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

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