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When I went into the National Gallery it was raining. When I came out an hour later London was in a blizzard. Met Ilsa in a very snowy Wood Green to talk about the various ideas I’ve been working on since our first meeting. Read More >

Posted: December 21st, 2009
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Also at the National Gallery is The Sacred Made Real. An exhibition of super realistic religious sculptures created in 17th century Spain. In many cases graphic and gory, designed to shock viewers into a deeper faith. Read More >

Posted: December 21st, 2009
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Kienhoz - The Hoerengracht
Afternoon in the National Gallery killing time before meeting with Ilsa Parry. The Hoerengracht is a re-creation of a street in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Made by Ed and Nancy by Kienholz in the 1980′s. Read More >

Posted: December 21st, 2009
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Made our way through the snow to a great party in the town youth hostel last night. It’s a mad building – the oldest in Walden from around 1490. Read More >

Posted: December 20th, 2009
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I read a lot of advertising blogs. But the one I find the most interesting and useful is Dave Trott’s Blog. His new book “Creative Mischief” is a collection of observations on creativity, problem solving and personal experiences of the ad industry. Read More >

Posted: December 16th, 2009
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Followed a link from Simon Larbalestier’s Facebook page to the work of Jehad Nga, an American born East African based photographer. He has worked in Somalia, Darfur and Iraq. His latest project documents the Turkana tribe in Kenya, who are experiencing the worst of the current droughts but are receiving very little in the way of food aid. Read More >

Posted: December 14th, 2009
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Last week’s return to the RCA reminded me that the rector in my time, Christopher Frayling, wrote several books that I meant to read but didn’t. He’s written about Sergio Leone and the spaghetti western film makers and about science fiction. He made a TV series on Tutankhamun. All very much up my street. Read More >

Posted: December 10th, 2009
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To the Royal College of Art for class mate Xavier Pick’s talk about his work as an official war artist in Iraq. Xavier worked in documentary at college, driving an ambulance in Bosnia over the Christmas holiday in 1995/6. Read More >

Posted: December 3rd, 2009
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Met Rosie Guille at the V&A and had a quick look around their new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. The new galleries are big enough to allow some very large scale exhibits. These snaps show the entire front of a house mounted on a wall – it originally stood on the site of Liverpool Street Station and is one of the few timber framed building to survive the great fire of London. Read More >

Posted: December 3rd, 2009
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thaxted_1Looked round a listed property being stripped out prior to renovation. Evening: fading light – shot on N95 camera phone. Will return once completely empty and re-shoot but like the low quality effect with artefacts and strange colour casts. Read More >

Posted: December 1st, 2009
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graffitti_trees_smallImprovised fence/bridge across a stream. Morning: A muddy hollow amongst trees, adjacent to a footpath that runs between Audley End House and the golf course, close to the County High School. Read More >

Posted: December 1st, 2009
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