Lord, Save Us

December 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Notre-Dame de Dives-sur-Mer was built in 1087, allegedly by William the Conqueror, following his victory over the Saxon monarchy of England. It has survived many periods of damage and restoration, starting with the depredations of the English during the 100 Years War, after which its reconstruction was delayed by the Black Death. A Huguenot army va...
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Greeks And Blue

November 19, 2021  •  1 Comment
There was no word for the colour “blue” in ancient Greek. Clearly, they saw it, but could not name it as a distinct colour. In the texts of Homer, black, white, yellow, red and green are all mentioned, but never blue. Amazingly, the same is true in ancient Chinese, Hebrew and Sanskrit. The only ancient peoples who could name blue were the Egyptians...
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Beginnings

November 05, 2021  •  1 Comment
I was privileged to walk to work daily through the southwest corner of Central Park for 4 years. Photographically, it was a never-ending source of inspiration and remains my most favourite place in the Big Apple. A year after my arrival in New York in 2005 I embarked on a somewhat reluctant conversion from film to digital. I was learning the D70, t...
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In Memoriam

October 22, 2021  •  1 Comment
The Washington Monument is here framed by the cladding of the beautiful National Museum of African American History and Culture, both on the National Mall in Washington. I was deeply moved by my visit to this place, which has inner architectural beauty, as well as a fascinating exterior aesthetic. Its’ asymmetric form is a fit metaphor for the emot...
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The Veil

October 16, 2021  •  1 Comment
Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris is the last resting place of Oscar Wilde, Chopin and Edith Piaf among numerous other luminaries and is an operating crematorium to this day. It was the scene of the massacre of the Communards in 1871, when 147 “fédérés” prisoners were summarily executed by French government troops and thrown into a trench at what is...
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