Two photographs, and a poem

Two photographs, and a poem

If I have been remiss lately in posting my photographs, here are two images from an ongoing series on rural Ontario, with the promise that there will be more to follow. And just to mix things up, here is a teeny weeny poem from my Lost Poetry project. Words and pictures, folks, words and pictures! [...]

When is a rhino just a rhino?

When is a rhino just a rhino?

Sometimes a rhino is just a rhino. This big fellow, bringing up the rear of a group of white rhinos as they lumbered up a rutted track to the top of a ridge before disappearing down the other side, maintained a watchful eye as we jolted along in his wake, in the open LandCruiser, last [...]

Staying Home during the Lockdown – Day 10

Staying Home during the Lockdown – Day 10

It is Day 10 of the Covid-19 lockdown, here in South Africa, and autumn is in the air in Johannesburg. It has been an intense week of work, and the calm and quiet are strangely welcome. I say strangely, because the times are not normal, and we stay home not by choice but because we [...]

What to do in a lock-down?

What to do in a lock-down?

What to do in a lock-down? This is a question to myself, you'll be glad to hear, not another of those claims to instant expertise, sunny wisdom, righteous outrage or uniquely personal angst or fear that seem to be spreading around the globe with the speed and virulence of, well, a Coronavirus or a Donald [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

L’Eglise Romane St Martin at Plaisance

L’Eglise Romane St Martin at Plaisance

The 12th century L'Eglise Romane St Martin dominates not only the small village of Plaisance in Aveyron but the surrounding valleys. No matter from where you approach the village, it seems, there is the squat Norman tower atop its hillside, holding dominion. We visited on a bright, sunny day - blue skies, green hillsides - [...]

Bathers, Ambialet

Bathers, Ambialet

We walked across the bridge, at Ambialet, another of those beautiful little villages in Aveyron, France, to have lunch with the Thompson's. The weather was hot, the sunlight was blinding, and in the river Tarn, below, these women were bathing. Click on the image to enlarge