Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Colours of Abundance

Just like a French farce there was much debate in the Town Hall, should they deepen the harbour to let all the big boats, the floating gin palaces and the tax avoidance yachts in?  Then they could attract all the billionaires, the bankers and the dock dollies.  Or should they keep the small colourful sailing boats, fishing vessels, modest yachts and motor boats, thankfully they decided on the latter and the locals drew a huge sigh of relief...

Waiting for the Barber

The colours of this town are turquoise, ochre and terracotta, then every Wednesday, one of the biggest and best markets on the Provençal coast arrives and the colours go into overdrive....

Tomorrow, a train ride, a rendezvous with my Sister and a rather special place...

Friday, May 25, 2012


Regina Relang

We are heading off for a couple of weeks for a much needed sojourn hopefully heading for the French and Italian Riviera's before Tout Le Monde descend.  Laptop and camera plus accoutrements will be accompanying me so I will be able to keep up with what your all up to, and keep you all posted.  See you there.

 Before I go I could not resist a few more garden shots, the Peonies and the English Roses had the grace to start flowering just before our departure, we will miss the best of them but our neighbours, who have kindly offered to water all the new shrubs and trees we have just planted to replace the casualties that did not survive the cold spell in February, have carte blanche to enjoy and pick what they like for their home, so glad they will be appreciated and not go to waste.

Gentle Hermione, David Austin

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fabulous Photographer Martin Munkácsi

Peignoir in a Soft Breeze 1936

 Martin Munkácsi was the master of movement, along with Lartigue he is my favourite photographer, his pictures are full of life and personality, you can hear the surf, feel the breeze and sense the atmosphere, in short, he had the gift of capturing the moment.  It is no wonder that his work influenced Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard Avedon. He was a photographic genius.

Harpers Bazaar Halston 1962

The Bedouin Egypt 1929

Richard Avedon Homage to Munkácsi 1957

Boys Running into the Surf at Lake Tanganynika 1930. This was the photograph that so influenced Henri Cartier-Bresson

 "The only thing which completely was an amazement to me and brought me to photography was the work of Munkacsi. When I saw the photograph of Munkacsi of the black kids running in a wave I couldn't believe such a thing could be caught with the camera. I said damn it, I took my camera and went out into the street."
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Jumping Fox Terrier 1930

Parasols 1928

Fred Astaire on his Toes 1936

Lovely Autumn the Last Warm Days of Sunshine 1929

 Carol Lombard 1937

Europe 1928

Katherine Hepburn 1935

Woman Sunbathing 1935


Dancers in Seville 1930

Harpers Bazaar 1934


On Holiday with Greta Garbo 1932

Eva Szaplone in a Rumbleseat 1932

Cypress Gardens South Carolina 1937

I find it heartbreaking that this great artist died in poverty... His full story can be found here.

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