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Canterbury at Night and Brassai’s “Paris de Nuit”

One of the most precious photography books in my collection is Brassai’s “Paris de Nuit”.  This was given to me by my father about 20 years ago and is a well loved copy which detracts from it’s monetary value (it remains the most valuable book I own despite the wear) but in no way detracts from the images.  These images, along with those of Sudek have formed one of the back-bone of my photographic education. Interestingly though, I never felt moved to emulate any of their work at the time.  But last year, or it may have been the year before, I spent a number of winter nights tramping around the streets of Canterbury doing a Canterbury de Nuit series.

By way of background to Brassai, this Hungarian born photographer forms part of that rich stream of photographers that flowed out of Europe during the early part of the 20C.  He worked mainly in Paris and died there in 1984, after a life of work in photography.  His commercial commissioned work is largely forgotten now but his legacy of personal work is formidable.

And so to Canterbury at night…

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From barns and hop garden poles to the hi tech world of the City of London – from the top of the Fosters Gherkin

Yesterday, I had occasion to visit the bar at the top of the Gherkin building in the City of London.  We arrived after dark and it was raining but the space up there and the view were both stunning, as one might expect and it was a welcome contrast to the world of Cathedrals and old barns in which I have been immersed of late.  (Thanks due to Mark, Richard and Tony!)

View from the top of London's Gherkin

View from the top of London’s Gherkin