Looking and listening this week

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I made a deal with myself to avoid adding more books to my unread pile and for the most part it has worked but when I saw a title that grabbed my attention in the window of one of my favourite bookshops, it had to come home with me.

Fear: The ultimate challenge by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

I certainly consider Fiennes to be a subject matter expert. He has done a great many things that most of us would refuse out of fear. Fiennes is not so much fearless as aware of and able to manage his fear and that is something I am intensely interested in.

Listening to Rumer

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

I have been suffering from Spring cleaning for a few weeks now. Various parts of the house that catch and hold mess getting tidied by emptying them completely and not letting anything back in that has no business being there. It culminated in a massive clean up of my tool shed on the weekend. I found of lot of abused (and by that I mean really rusty) tools that will probably end up in front of my lens before becoming scrap.

This cleaning method is something I need to apply more in my photographs. Take everything out of the image and only allow back those elements which belong, that are necessary and not gilding the lily.

Listening to Raphael Saadiq

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

Finally, the track works have finished, trains are running again and I have one less thing to deal with. Certain members of this household with more time on their hands (or paws) are taking advantage of the warmer days when they come.

Maybe my photography isn’t progressing as I would have wanted but the satisfaction in seeing a rescued dog run amok in the back yard is a great compensation, He continues to improve by the day and gives far more than he takes.

Looking at work by Dave Brosha and Hannah Couzens

Listening to Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society

Looking and listening this week

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Cogs of all sizes are needed to make things work. they have to mesh to be effective. If only the laws of engineering could be applied to society at large.

Looking at work by Rachell Smith. In particular, this portrait of Ricky Wilson

Listening to some nostalgia… Split Enz was the gateway band that got me hooked on Neil Finn and Crowded House, an addiction I have yet to shake.

Here is what they looked and sounded like the first time I saw them playing “I see red”, probably watching Countdown as a spotty teenager.

This is them the last time I saw them live.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

At some point recently, I passed a milestone of working 35 years and while I have occasionally thought about what retirement could be like I realised that it’s a lot closer now, even if I have to work until I’m 70 to afford it.

This recent New York Times article on Annie Leibovitz caught my attention. I don’t think Annie is planning her retirement anytime soon but why would she?

Listening to some electronica curtesy of Scottish band CHVRCHES (not misspelt!) I always had a soft spot for this genre ever since The Art of Noise released Close to the edit back in 1984. Lauren Mayberry has this delicate child like quality to her voice that isn’t forced and group shows how much a three piece band is capable of.