A little girl and boy chatter away, oblivious to the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia

A little girl and boy chatter away, oblivious to the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia

My post last week tried to show something of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul - a glimpse, I hope, of more than just appearances - what does this look like? - but photographs that, perhaps, maybe, if I am lucky, encourage us to ask, what does this mean, what does it represent, what does it [...]

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

The Hagia Sofia in Istanbul is difficult to grasp, in its sprawling immensity, its architectural grandeur, its layered complexity. You think to yourself, as you look about, at its enormous dome, its towering columns, this place is more than 1400 years old - and where was Europe, back in the fifth century? The Hagia Sophia, [...]

Rosendal, Eastern Free State – Four Black-and-White Photographs

Rosendal, Eastern Free State – Four Black-and-White Photographs

Rosendal, in the Eastern Free State, is a small village with big skies. Rob and I drove down on New Year's Day, from Johannesburg, taking our lives in our hands over the last twenty or thirty kilometres of dangerously potholed roads, a legacy of Ace Magashule's thieving and mendacious premiership of the province. Then you [...]

Young man on the town, Istanbul

Young man on the town, Istanbul

I love this image of a young man out on the town, in Istanbul, early one evening. With his cool red sneakers, nonchalant cigarette, airy wave of greeting to someone who is out of the frame, he seems an expression of the city, an embodiment of hip young city-dwellers everywhere. Of course, a city as [...]

Mausoleums of the Sultans – Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Mausoleums of the Sultans – Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

In the grounds of the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul are the exquisite mausoleums of three Sultans - Mahmut I, Murat III and Selim II. Here are three images, in black-and-white, that express something I hope of what I saw and felt. A woman at prayer, a sleeping cat, a pair of shoes by an entrance. [...]

Ice-Cream Performance in Istanbul

Ice-Cream Performance in Istanbul

Turkish ice-cream is thick and sweet, almost toffee-like. This vendor in Istanbul was a master performer and magician. Wielding his ice-cream paddle like a sword, he made ice-creams appear, disappear, whizz around your head with dazzling speed. And he would taunt you - push the ice-cream right into your face, and as you reached for [...]

Istanbul’s Hakki Zade 1864, palace of earthly delights

Istanbul’s Hakki Zade 1864, palace of earthly delights

Baklava, Turkish Delight, tea, coffee, pastries - Istanbul's Hakki Zade 1864 is a place - a palace - of earthly delights. And I love this image, which I took from outside, of a man ordering from the counter, with the reflections of the street in the window above him. It seems a good image to [...]

William Kentridge at the Norval in Cape Town

William Kentridge at the Norval in Cape Town

William Kentridge, as you perhaps know, is one of South Africa's foremost artists, and his spectacular exhibition of sculptures and artefacts at the no less spectacular Norval art museum in Cape Town is simply not to be missed. These images, in black and white, are less about representation of Kentridge's works than a form of [...]

A Food Tour in Istanbul – The Best Introduction to the City!

A Food Tour in Istanbul – The Best Introduction to the City!

A food tour, on foot, proved to be the best introduction to the vast, over-crowded, overwhelming metropolis that is Istanbul that Rob and I could imagine. Especially as we had just come straight from an idyllic week in rural Aveyron, in the south of France - the contrast could hardly have been greater. [Click on [...]

The River Rance at Plaisance

The River Rance at Plaisance

The River Rance flows in a wide, shallow loop around the village of Plaisance, as if the village were a head asleep in the crook of an arm. We went down to the river, one afternoon; the day had been hot and Tom and Gabriel were in in a flash. Stones, fish, and deep tranquil [...]