When is St James Park at its most beautiful? As a visitor, I would say late afternoon when the sun is golden and the birds are relaxing for the evening. But as a photographer I believe it is dawn. So at 4.30am I hauled my lazy derrière out of bed, jumped in my little car […]
The pandemic has been pretty challenging for me, and yet it came with the most enormous gift. I was working as a portrait photographer, but something wasn’t gelling. I just couldn’t seem to move forward with it. Then lockdown happened. It was very frightening indeed, because I was completely unable to work. But it gave […]
Clambering through a thicket I emerged into the most peaceful, golden scene imaginable. The view is of St Patrick’s Church and adjacent spire on Lough Beg, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The idea that what we see is not what is really there is a haunting one. Have we misunderstood everything? Do we see what others see? In this exhibition I explore the mystery of the limits on our perception and the idea that perfect beauty exceeds our visual capacity. The book at the heart of […]
I wasn’t that enthusiastic about visiting Fairford Church. I thought I ought to see it, as I knew it contained a full set of stained glass. But in pictures, the stained glass looked rather boringly didactic; endless rather featureless faces. Luckily, I happened to be passing on a trip to the Cotswolds. I was wrong. […]
Photograph copyright G.Plumb, Virgin and Child in a Hortus Conclusus, Eaton Bishop A young girl in a garden, surrounded by high walls. A strange idea came upon me last year to track down images of the Virgin Mary as depicted in stained glass. This forgotten English vision of Our Lady in a ‘hortus conclusus’, […]
Words and picture by Fiona Campbell Hicks. Thank you to my beloved 2nd cousin by marriage, Sary, who was a Cambodian angel and hosted me when Raffles were overbooked, and guided me around the city. The amazing thing was that I didn’t know of her existence until I got to Cambodia!
A postscript: I’ve just been sent a press release for a star gazing package at La Samanna in the West Indies. http://www.lasamanna.com/web/omar/packages.jsp What a perfect experience for a honeymoon. La Samanna is one of the Orient Express hotels, so I think you can take it as read that it will be utterly fabulous, even though I haven’t […]
So I promised you the full low down on the fantabulous Sarra’s shoot. I loved this shoot because Sarra was totally open to being creative and trying anything. She was keen to get some glamorous photographs to present to her husband Steve for his birthday. She also wanted a serious photo for her linked in […]