Osaka – Tsuruhashi Cityscape

20 February, 2018

Cambridge – Kettle’s Yard Outtakes

The problem I always have with any of the places that I visit, and is surely a common issue for any photographer, is that you end up with many throw away style photos that never see the light of day. It’s a real shame in my opinion. I was happy to see my previous post documenting my trip to Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge had some healthy exposure here and I thought you all might like to see some more details from inside the home that I didn’t include in the original post.

My particular focus in this home has always been the ceramics and sculpture. As you may know I’m a potter myself and try to make daily using the pottery wheel and other methods in my studio. In this home the most prominent ceramics are the Lucie Rie bowls, an Austrian-born British studio potter who was famous for her modernist style. She was well-known as the teacher of Hans Coper, another studio potter who worked with Lucie and continued to develop his style as a talented sculptor alongside her. Unfortunately his works don’t feature here but a few of her bowls do and they are very inspiring. I also like the rock patterns and little shells scattered in this property, very quaint. Enjoy.

14 February, 2018

Cambridge – Kettle’s Yard

Kettle’s Yard, a house museum in Cambridge, is somewhere that I used to visit on a regular basis and was the creation of Jim Ede, once a curator of the Tate Gallery in London. When he created Kettle’s Yard he wanted to share the art and objects that he collected over a fifty year period or more with students and others, thinking that these artworks could be better appreciated in the intimate surroundings of a home. For the last two years this space has been closed for renovation, with the foundation building a gallery, cafe and shop to coincide with the house itself. So last weekend was the first time it’s been open in a while and I decided to go along and photograph the interior and objects. It’s a beautiful space.

Read more about Kettle’s Yard on the OEN Blog here →

13 February, 2018

Ripples in the Water – Zen Mind

As I meditated on the ripples that I saw in front my eyes it made me think about our actions and the knock-on effect. I’ve always wondered about the symbolism of the gravel surrounding the rocks in a zen garden and I was intrigued to hear as the monks rake the surface early in the morning they are looking to create the texture of waves in the sand. True artists at work.

Sometimes you hear this saying, “everything is caused by something, and in turn, is cause for something else”, but honestly I never really thought about it much until recently. I think there’s something true to be said about living your life in an honest manner and letting the ripples of energy spread out in to the water. Although sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, the actions and contributions of individuals can impact those around us and in turn affect those around them, if that’s positive then we can be hopeful for the future.

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. – Dalai Lama

This is part of my Zen Mind series, combining my photography with some thoughts on meditation and life.

6 February, 2018

Kanazawa – Garden Details

It’s an easy mistake to get wrapped up in the frivolities of life. So much so that we’re often not paying attention to the beauty that resides in our surroundings. Depending on your mood the viewfinder on a camera can act as a great magnifying glass to admire all the things that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

In the garden next to the D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa, Japan I felt a strong inclination to capture all the details around me. As I walked slowly, breathing with each step, I looked to the moss and stones for colours, textures and shapes that would capture my interest.

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and grass grows by itself.”

5 February, 2018