Sunday, 22 June 2008


Under railway bridge in Battersea

Monday, 16 June 2008

where I wrote a letter...

you still hang your words in air,
ten years unfinished, glued to your
noticeboard, with gaps
or empties for the unimaginable phrase . . . ?

A scholar of the world's castoff concerns.

Land lies in water; it is shadowed green.
Shadows, or are they shallows, at its edges
showing the line of long sea-weeded ledges
where weeds hang to the simple blue from green.
Or does the land lean down to lift the sea from under,
drawing it unperturbed around itself?
Along the fine tan sandy shelf
is the land tugging at the sea from under?

Elizabeth Bishop

Photos: Shoreham Harbour

Sunday, 15 June 2008


Sunday, 8 June 2008

black cats

Neo-Egyptian Art Deco Carreras cigarette factory, apparently inspired by th discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun as well as the Temple of Bubas; Bubas was an Egyptian cat-headed goddess. A black cat was the emblem of the company, which made Craven A. Built 1926-8. Hampstead Road, Camden, London.

National Temperance Hospital - 1884; Hampstead road, Camden, London

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

free radicals

Len Lye - 1935

Selected films.

Sunday, 1 June 2008


Moorgate Street station was opened by the Metropolitan Railway in December 1865. Renamed Morgate in 1924. The ticket hall was opened on 2nd October 1936.

Moorgate - originally a postern in the 2nd century Roman London City Wall; during medieval times was built upon and altered. Moorgate became a gate in 1452. The gate was demolished in 1762; there are only a few remnants here and there.

The gate was next to Bethlam hospital, which moved to the west of the gate in 1685. It was the world's first psychiatric hospital, and root of the word 'bedlam'

city architecture

  • Gherkin - Norman Foster
  • Lloyds building - Richard Rogers

photographer beware

BBC report on over over enthusiastic police harassing photographers. I was recently stopped under anti-terrorism laws (apparently) by what must have been two very bored plain clothes policemen; questioned in 'polite' policese ... said I was behaving 'oddly'. Couldn't understand why I was taking photos of walls and bridges, no matter how much I explained colour, texture, age, history. "Yes, but why?".