Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Burn Ignite Films are out!

Here they are, and yes, the skaters are really on fire.

Shot in Mexico City

Shot in Quebec

Shot in Philedelphia

the White garden at Sissinghurst.

Vita Sackville-West's writing room

I wasn't supposed to take these, but the room was just so beautiful. What a wonderful place to work. Photos taken from Sackville West's tower room at Sissinghurst Castle gardens, July 2010.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Beautiful England

London parks in the summer...

It's dry out there. Greenwich Park, July 2010

A happy chaos...

Polly anna, on the left, is our office pup. Haggis to the right, is her play friend. Keeps it real having these two blast around when you're trying to work.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hackney Marshes

This is one of my favourite places in East London, and oh so close to my house. The canal stretches for miles and miles, through the Jewish suburbs, away and past the East. It's full of marvelous creatures; for example today we saw several kestrels, birds, fish, and giant slugs. There are also abundant supplies of tadpoles, frogs and newts. On a day like today when the rain was falling softly, all these creatures seemed to be drawing nearer the surface. The bullrushes were out, and pearly morning glory clambered around long, rich purple flowers I don't know the name of. On the far side of the park we discovered strange industrial buildings over looking pools of deep water. As dusk falls, trains move across this beautiful landscape like the glowing, snake-like trains that glide through Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 film 'Spirited Away'. Sigh. And the airplanes, always airplanes. London's skies so full of air traffic. Come visit!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Last night: Dalyan

That's me, catching bats. No luck, but you see how close i got to that one!

Our Captain

Mustaffa, our Captain, is in his early 80s and seemingly as fit as a fiddle despite diabetes. First mate was his gentle teenaged grandson, who translated for us in halting English, Mustaffa's experiences as a morse code operator 30 years before he turned to the sea. He began his career signaling with lights from the hills above his village, (most notably responsible for communicating emergency services in after a great earthquake that racked the region in the late 40s and took his sister's life). Having lived in Cyprus for 6 months, it was something to learn of the stories of those on the 'other side'. I couldn't get the details, but he was certainly played a part in the Cyprus invasion of the early 70s - something so secret, he still couldn't discuss details years later. He makes an excellent vegetable stew. Interested in booking his services? It's surprisingly affordable for 3 days and 3 nights at sea!

Xanthos, Antalya

We managed to find Xanthos, an ancient Lycian city, tucked off the highway. No one else was there apart from a mother cat and her kittens, living among the fallen remains of the amphitheater. Again heat, buzz of insects, not much else was moving.

Heading over the hills

Sky, land, tortoise, road trip, heat, sun, glare, warmth, spin!