Have been considering returning to blogging after a period in the wilderness. For a long time I used the photodiary format to reflect on the minutae of life that are often overlooked, to both encourage me to use photography creatively and to draw together some of the meaningful bits. What I originally discovered about blogging was that it was good for my own sense of personal journey, hence the family theme that drove it's focus.
My complete disillusion with social media has left me thinking that I may restart this habit in an attempt to explore creative stuff, mixed in with the family ramblings.
Gonna post this anyhow, and let's go...
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
I am listening to Oded Tzur, an excellent NY based sax player with Shai Maestro on piano.
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Monday, December 04, 2017
This exhibition brings together many of the East London Group’s most iconic pieces, some of which have not been seen in public for more than eighty years plus a few which have only come to light in recent weeks, months or years since interest in the Group was rekindled by David Buckman’s book: “From Bow to Biennale”.
The genesis of the East London Group was from classes led by their inspirational teacher John Cooper at the Bow and Bromley Evening Institute in East London from the mid-twenties. The majority of the members were working East End men and women supplemented by a small contingent who were Slade School trained, as was Cooper himself. Cooper managed to get Walter Sickert to mentor the Group at the Bow classes and he even showed with them on three occasions as well as employing one member, Elwin Hawthorne as his studio assistant for three and a half years. It is this link to Sickert that the exhibition will hope explore.
The vast majority of the ELG work will be on loan from family or private collections augmented by three or four pieces from institutional collections. In their day ELG members exhibited extensively in mixed shows alongside many of their artistic peers of those times. Work from Southampton City Art Gallery’s own extensive collection of Camden Town and early London Group work will be exhibited in conjunction with the Group’s work, augmented by a few pieces from other public and private collections.
The aim of the exhibition will be to try to highlight these connections and similarities and, in so doing, hopefully go some way towards reinstating their reputation from that time which saw two Group members being deemed good enough to represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1936: the pinnacle of international artistic acclaim.
East London Group Artists
Elwin Hawthorne, Walter Steggles, Harold Steggles, Cecil Osborne, John Cooper, Phyllis Bray, Grace Oscroft, Henry Silk, Albert Turpin
Artists from Southampton City Art Gallery’s Collection
Walter Sickert, Malcolm Drummond, Spencer Gore, Duncan Grant, Paul Nash, Charles Ginner, Stanley Spencer, Robert Bevan, William Nicholson
Image detail: Poole Harbour, Elwin Hawthorne (1934)
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Sunday, December 03, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
I had disappeared for a call of nature, and when I returned I found Miranda knee deep in a cloud of leaves having the time of her life.
We walked from Woodfidley through Standing Hat and up the river to "Kingfisher Stoop", stopping at the Forest Park Hotel for our lunch. They had an awesome wood burner, a discoball, and a stuffed stag on the wall. The food was great and the beer was brewed just around the corner in the stables of the Balmer Lawn Hotel!
All in all a great day out.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
So by contrast yesterday was a lot more fun. I love these sideways looks at life - as Greg and Miranda cruise (on skates and scooters) down the pier at Boscombe with the sunshine glinting on the water
Currently she's having a tea party with some chums, and there is screeching coming from the kitchen... Game On.
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It's quite a cool cafe, the sort of place Lewis would probably tell his friends he went to "when he grows up!"
Our supper stop was at Boffi, also in Southbourne... neapolitan style pizza ...yum!
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Yesterday we went to Hengistbury Head and Mudeford to use my skates. Then after that we went to Bournemouth to skate along the front! After we go up the piers and tried the 2 penny slots And i tried to win a PINK FLUFFY UNICORN on the claw grabby thing but failed miserably! :(
Then I got a cookies and cream ice cream! after we looked at the lights and found lewi in starbucks! i really wanted a pumpkin spiced latte but I wasn't aloud!:(Then we headed home!!!
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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Monday, November 06, 2017
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Something tells me this is a painting that passed to Norman, then to Martin Parker. Norman apparently collected Miner's lamps after visiting Grampy back in the day!
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Various familiar faces,but Miss Pile Davies my teacher I can remember by name.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The girl has just walked into my room and she's smiling at the photo. "At least you can see my lovely shimmering eye shadow " she says.... " Hmmmm, is got a dash between them!"
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Anyhow whilst Gregory was sailing at Weymouth, Andrew happened to be holidaying at Poole with his wife Shirley. We spent a lovely afternoon watching the boats on the water from the cafe on the shore, catching up on old times and where life had left us. Fifty years more or less has passed since this photo, amazing isn't it?
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Sunday, July 02, 2017
They finished in second place in the Youth Trophy which is a fab result. Seventh fastest boat in their class against all adults.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
These two old dears lived out near our rented house near Capel Iwan, before we moved into Carmarthen. They shared their house with their animals, and the manure heap was just outside the front door. Sisters I think, but when they moved on, that was the end of the story. Reminds me very much of On The Black Hill by Chatwin. Photo taken by my father, with me peeking over the gate
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Saturday, June 03, 2017
Originally this was Domino and Jennifer, although we lost Jenny some years ago. So many happy memories of when the kids were small, playing with the donkeys, goats, chicken etc taking them on walks, cleaning up all the debris and feeding them at bedtime....
Tremendously sad to discover that Domino died whilst I was looking after Dad, so here's a fave photo of him in our garden, eating (what else would you expect) from when we still could coax him out.