..things that are and things to come…

Grey skies and flat light during yesterday’s stroll, around our tiny hamlet of La Moussière, signally failed to obscure the magic that was hidden under a thin veneer of dullness. Looking for pictures is my foraging. The locations of the rarest of fungi are illuminated with blazing lights when compared to the inscrutability of beauty when she decides to dissemble. In May this year I shall be running a photography workshop, here in France, which will focus on ways of finding and photographing these hidden treasures with Big in France – http://www.biginfrance.co.uk …. when the site opens wait for a green panel to appear and click on Photography Courses.
Having hopefully whetted your appetite for things to come I shall touch on things that are which include this beautiful picture of calves with their mothers which will be on sale in The French Print House later on today. To those of you who are pondering as to whether to come to my workshop in France I shall be offering a FREE print to each of the first 4 people who book a place. Looking forward to seeing you here in France.

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the good in greyness….

There’s nothing like a grey January morning for sucking the joy from the marrow whilst making one a mirror image of  it. A memory comes to mind of a curvy grey zinc bar laden with well made Martinis and a conversation with an erudite Australian photographer friend in which I’m quizzed on the meaning of the word “enervation” which I mistakenly believe to signify excitement. This dull drained morning defines that word with meticulous precision. I need light; we need light. In my case the need is not great enough to go to an airport. A walk down the lane reveals grey to be good.

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Thinking of Spring in France….

The moment the sun comes out, after the Christmas break, my mind is filled with images of Spring which include eating and drinking delicious food and wine outside in the sun and not wearing socks, big pullovers and a woolly hat. With that in mind you might be interested to have a look at my next workshop, in May, on http://www.biginfrance.co.uk…when you get to the site wait for a green panel to come down and click on Photography Courses.

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Curtain twitching……

Print available from https://the-french-print-house.myshopify.com

Rideau

The advent of 2019 demands greater optimism than any previous year in my lifetime yet optimistic I am. The winter sun is shining through the rideaux, those thin cotton curtains that bring a genteel privacy to each dwelling in la France profonde. The fact that there is little chance of anyone passing the window, let alone looking in through it, is irrelevant. They serve as a tiny barrier between the two worlds of inside and outside; as though the  house was garbed in a domestic burqua. Those on the inside can clearly see out whilst remaining unseen themselves. The soft focus vision of a farmer standing calmly having a piss directly in front of one’s window is not unusual; the opaque face of the burqua clad windows offer no suggestion of an offended face looking outwards and, if there is a face looking outwards, that face will only be offended if it’s attached to someone who has not lived here long. All of nature’s private functions are on show here, from the creation of life to the bitter end of it and all stations in between. This is a place where I am happy to face 2019 and from where I wish you all a happy and peaceful new year.

The picture “Rideau” will be available, 02 January 2019, as a signed giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper, from the French Print House – https://the-french-print-house.myshopify.com

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Glass half full……

The French Print Space has only been open 2 weeks and already my prints are hanging on walls in Australia, USA, Scotland and England which has exceeded my wildest expectations. With only 2 days left before our printers, the superb Print Space in London, go off for their Christmas I wanted to introduce to this new set of images. I’m really happy with this new print which can be bought individually or in a series of four colour ways and, naturally, in a multitude of different sizes and prices. The image is printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag and is shipped FREE WORLDWIDE.

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Christmas is coming……

“Warm Frost”

At the end of the first week of the French Print House, which coincides with the last week before Christmas, I have been delighted with sales beyond my expectations and with the amount of people who have visited the store.
I have added some more prints over the last few days, including the one above of frosted leaves, as I slowly expand the range of available pictures. Please don’t forget that our printers go on holiday on 22 December and are not back until 2 January 2019…..and delivery is FREE WORLDWIDE.

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The French Print House

Over the last year I’ve gathered together a small collection of my recent photographs and  drawings and am pleased to announce that they are for sale in The French Print House as from today. I have curated a wide range of images which are offered as signed giclée prints on Hahnemuhle Pearl art paper or, for the drawings, on Canson Aquarelle Rag paper. The good news is that shipping is FREE worldwide. Please have a look ……and, should you wish to buy a print, it’s worth remembering that our printers will be closed from December 22 until January 02 in 2019 for their Christmas holiday.

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a look at my new book….France 2014-18

This new book of mine contains a carefully selected set of pictures of places, people and food that have caught my attention over the past few years. The significance of the years cannot be missed. I am so grateful that I lived these years in this century and not the last.
The link below leads to a preview of the book and a link to the Blurb store where it is available for sale.

http://www.blurb.com/bookshare/app/index.html?bookId=8836465

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the importance of buying Basil

I’m just mad about Basil, but Basil’s not mad about me…..which is disappointing. It may be that I’m too demanding; too in Basil’s face. I want him with me all the time, and Jenny’s OK with that, by the way, but it’s a one way street. Much as I pamper and refresh him I have only to turn my back for a minute for the luxuriant, glossy leaved, Basil that accompanied me home to revert to a drear, drooping,  dullard completely devoid of taste. I have planted and potted Basil to no avail. The only reliable solution has been to pick up a fresh Basil whenever I see one……a sort of herbal Grinder. The thing with Basil is to use it fresh and to use lots of it. The Light Basil Sauce, from “The Provencal Cookbook” by Patricia Wells, is a wonderful example of how addictive is a hit of Basil……it’s served with a very good white bean soup which works very well in the warmth of this soft underbelly of summer.
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Instagram……on my blog….

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For the last 12 months, or so, my posts have appeared with ever diminishing regularity. I think this is because…..let me be more precise: the reason for this paucity of words is because, above all, I am a visual person and, as such, I have been successfully seduced by Instagram which has given me the freedom to publish my photographs and drawings without the addition of a small essay. Much as I enjoy writing there is no question that I am at my most content when creating pictures and, if possible, cooking at the same time.

From henceforth you will find a link to my Instagram feed by clicking on any of the 4 pictures displayed in the Instagram widget at the bottom of the right hand column of this page. I hope to see you on Instagram as well as here in WordPress.

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