Category Archives: Photos

Photos of Europe, blog posts which are mainly photos.

Caminos de Exilio Outdoor Photo Exhibition in Malaga, Spain

The Caminos del Exilio (Paths of Exile) outdoor photography exhibition is located in muelleuno shopping centre, close to Centre Pompidou Malaga.

The exhibition was organised by the French Institute of Spain.

The photo above, depicting migrants wrapped in foil, was hauntingly similar to the Ghosts installation by Kader Attica (photo below) on display at the Centre Pompidou Malaga. which I had visited the previous day.

I found the Caminos de Exilio photography exhibition in Malaga very moving. It made me appreciate my comfortable, settled life in the UK all the more.

Photography Exhibition About the Huni Kuin People at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis Porto

When I visited the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto this morning, I enjoyed the Photography Exhibition About Huni Kuni People. The poster at the musuem foyer said that the exhibition ran from 13 – 16 June 2017, but it was still there on 18 June 2017.

Below is a selection of my favourite photos.

I looked online and The huni Kuni are an indigenous people of Peru and Brazil.

Walking around Corfu Old Town

My walk around Corfu Town got off to a rather shaky start. I took the coach from our hotel the Mayor Capo Di Corfu, which was located in south east of the island.

As I’d been told by one of hotel receptionists that the coach left from a different location (the Green Line coach station) to the town centre drop off point, I thought that I’d better stay on until the coach reached the the coach station to ensure that I knew where the coach station was located.

I was impressed by the modern coach station, which had clean, free toilets, plenty of seating and electrical sockets to charge you mobile phone or laptop.

I was incredulous that there wasn’t a proper pavement for the 15 minute walk back into the town centre. Where a pavement did exist, it was narrow and uneven. Im some stretches, there was no pavement and you had to walk along the side of rather busy road.

As the battery of my mobile phone seemed to be on the way out, I decided not to use Google Maps, but to navigate from my paper map. That was an error as I got lost.

The first place of interest which I stumbled upon was the Holy Monastery of Platitera.

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At that stage, I thought that I’d better turn on my mobile phone to get directions to the Old Port.

From the monastery, it took me around 15 minutes to reach the Old Port. One end of the New Fortress stretches to near the Old Port

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In the garden below. there’s a sculpture.

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By the time I reached the Old Port, I was feeling rather hot and bothered. I reckoned that I’d walked a couple of miles, and it was a warm day. I found a seat in the shade, which I quickly vacated as some old Greek guy started to chat me up.

I could see Ptichia Island from the Old Port.

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From the Old Port, I could see up to the New Port, where a large cruise ship was docked.

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Next, I climbed up some steps to keep walking around the waterfront.

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The Museum of Asian Art was very grand.

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The Municipal Gallery was located behind the Museum of Asian Art.

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The Old Fort looked impressive from a distance.

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You have to cross a bridge to reach the Old Fort.

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In the gardens close to the entrance to the Old Fort, there were several sculptures.

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I then started to head back to the town centre. There were lots of pretty cobbled streets full of flowers and foliage.

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The Town Hall was sparkling in the sun.

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Town Hall Square is home to several restaurants

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I managed to get lost again on my way back to the coach station.

I thought that Corfu Town was very beautiful. If you’re on holiday on the island. I recommend a day trip to Corfu Town. But you might be better to get there by public transport, as it looked difficult to find a parking space.

The Art Museum in Gothenburg

Visiting the Gothenburg Museum of Art was one of the highlights of my stay in the city.

I started on the top floor in the Nordic at the Turn of the Century and Swedish Modernism galleries.

Helmer Osslund’s ‘Autumn Evening Nordingra’ was one my my favourite pieces in this museum. The combination of the large size and the vivid colours used in the painting gave it real presence.

Autumn Evening Nordingra by Helmer Osslund at Museum of Art Gothenburg Sweden

‘River Landscape Hjartum’ by Ivan Ivarson was another very colourful landscape.

River Landscape Hjartum by Ivan Ivarson at Museum of Art Gothenburg Sweden

I liked another of Ivan Ivarson’s paintings ‘Flowers in a Window’.

Flowers in a Window by Ivan Ivarson at Museum of Art Gothenburg Sweden

I’ve heard quite a bit about the Norwegian artist Edward Munch, with ‘The Scream’ being his best known work. ‘Vampire’ was the first Much painting I’d seen in real life.

gothenburg museum of modern art vampire by edward munch

The ‘Woman in Blue’ featured in Ake Goransson’s painting looked rather downcast.

Woman in Blue by Ake Goransson at Museum of Art Gothenburg Sweden

Next, I went down to the Sculpture Hall on the third floor of the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

The first piece I encountered was ‘Double Blind’ by Charlotte Gyllenhammar. It made me think of a hostage situation.

Double Blind by Charlotte Gyllenhammar at Museum of Art Gothenburg Sweden

The rotating ‘Seconds in Ecstasy’ by Cajsa Von Zeipel was bathed in pink light.

‘Ingeborg’ by Gerhard Henning, was a more traditional sculpture of the female form.

Ingeborg (female figure) by Gerhard Henning at Museum of Art Gothenburg Sweden

I wondered if the name of Jonathan Josefsson’s ‘Rug No 83’ related to the number of small circular tufted wool rugs making up the installation.

Rug No 83 by Jonathan Josefsson at Museum of Art Gothenburg Sweden

Just off the Sculpture Hall, there was an exhibition of paintings by the Gothenburg based artist Kent Lindfors.

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All too soon, it was almost the 5pm closing time. As I made my way to the exit, Isaacs Grunewalds’ ‘Self Portrait (created with buttons) caught my eye.

Self Portrait by Isaacs Grunewald at Museum of Art Gothenburg Sweden

Entry to the Gothenburg Museum of Art is free to holders of the Gothenburg City Card.

If I return to Gothenburg, I’ll be back at the Museum of Art.

My visit to Gothenburg was organised by the West Sweden Tourist Board.

Photo Tour of Highgate Cemetery London

Highgate Cemetery in north London was one of these places that I’d been meaning to visit for decades. One of the reasons I selected the Ramada Hotel Finchley for my London accommodation was that it was bus ride from the hotel to the cemetery.

I’d looked at the Highgate Cemetery to check opening hours before I visited. I was rather annoyed that there was a £4 entry fee, as it’s free to enter most cemeteries in the UK. Evidently the fee is charged as Highgate Cemetery used to be owned by a private company. When it folded in the 1970s, the cemetery fell into disrepair, until it was taken over by the Friends of Highgate Cemetery, a registered charity.

The most well-known grave in Highgate Cemetery is that of Karl Marx.

highgate cemetery karl marx grave

However for me the most striking gravestone was the one below, which looks like a woman clutching a body.

highgate cemetery sculpture of two people

Despair was the sentiment which came to mind when looking at the sculpture of the man with his head resting on a stone

highgate cemetery sculpture of man with head on stone

The full size piano sculpture was pretty impressive.

highgate cemetery piano gravestone

I liked the gravestone sculpture below of a young woman holding flowers; the folds in her dress made it look as though she were standing in a breeze.

highgate cemetery gravestone of young woman

The floral engraving on the cross of the gravestone below are beautiful.

highgate cemetery cross gravestone embellished wiht flowers

There were plenty of gravestone sculptures of angels in Highgate Cemetery,

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highgate cemetery angel gravestone

highgate cemetery angel gravestone covered in ivy

highgate cemetery young warrior angel gravestone

highgate cemetery angel gravestone in sun

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At least the £4 entry fee contributed to the upkeep of the pristine toilets.

highgate cemetery toilets

I have to say that I was slightly disappointed by Highgate Cemetery. It’s described as “one of England’s greatest treasures with some of the finest funerary architecture in the country”. I’ve visited other cemeteries, such as the Old Town Cemetery in Stirling and the Howff Cemetery in Dundee, which I found more interesting and were free to enter.

The Laing Art Gallery Newcastle

The Laing Art Gallery is located in the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Entry is free. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 2pm – 5pm on Sunday.  It’s closed on Mondays.

Laing Art Gallery Newcastle entrance

I loved that the Gallery has several al fresco murals on one of its exterior walls.

Laing Art Gallery Newcastle exterior painting

Laing Art Gallery Newcastle painting on exterior wall

Close to the Gallery entrance, there’s a bench sculpture.

Laing Art Gallery Newcastle sculpture bench

One of my favourite parts of the Laing Art Gallery was the Arts and Crafts stained glass window.

Laing Art Gallery Newcastle Arts and Crafts stained glass window

The glass vases were beautiful shades of blue and green.

Glass vases at the Laing Art Gallery Newcastle

Below is a selection of paintings that l liked.

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If you’re in Newcastle. I recommend a visit to the Laing Art Gallery.

‘Clothes of Memories’ Collages by Tonie Lewenhaupt at Rohsska Museum Gothenburg Sweden

One of the highlights of my visit to the Rohsska Museum in Gothenburg were the ‘Clothes of Memories’ collages by fashion historian Tonie Lewenhaupt. The collages were part of the ‘Only the Best – Fashion Highlights’ exhibition, which runs until 30 December 2016.

Clothes of Memories Collages by Tonie Lewenhaupt

I’ve created quiet a few collages myself. The collage technique of using various types of material such as fabrics and paper to stick onto a supporting surface, is one of my favourites. I like the textures and feeling of movement that this technique offers.

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I was hosted by the West Sweden Tourist Board on my trip to Gothenburg. The gave me a Gothenburg City Pass which includes complimentary entry to the Rohsska Museum.

Cruising Along Sweden’s West Coast

I was delighted when the West Sweden Tourist Board invited me on a press trip to cruise along the west coast of Sweden.

A couple of months earlier, I’d watched Timothy West and Prunella Scales cruise along the Gota Canal from Gothenburg to Stockholm on the ‘Great Canal Journeys’ TV show. Watching that show made me think that I’d love to take a cruise in Sweden.

The West Coast Cruise journeys through the Bohuslan archipelago between Gothenburg and Grebbestad.

Itinerary for the West Coast Cruise in Sweden

My cruise started at Grebbstad. I had stayed at the Scandic Europa, Gothenburg,  the night before taking the coach from central Gothenburg at 9am the next day, for the two hour drive north to Grebbstad.

On arrival in Grebbestad, we were greeted on board by the captain Pierre. Our boat, Wilhelm Tham, was built in 1912. In her recent past she had been one of the vessels doing the Gota Canal cruise. This west coast cruise was a new adventure for her.

wilhelm tham docked in grebbestad for start of cruise along sweden's west coast

There was an organised excursion at every port of call. You could choose to  go along, do your own thing on shore, or stay on the boat.

Fjallbacka

Our first stop was in Fjallbacka.

arrival in fjallbacka on sweden's west coast

The actress Ingrid Bergman had a holiday home here.

fjallbacka on sweden's west coast

Swedish crime writer Camilla Lackberg, was born here, and some of the novels were set around Fjallbacka.

fjallbacka on the west coast of sweden

Smogen

The next stop was Smogen. Close to where the Wilhelm Tham berthed, there was a large sailing ship, Lady Ellen.

lady ellen in smogen on sweden's west coast

I walked along the long wooden pier.

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There was a wide selection of restaurants and shops.

shop in smogen on sweden's west coast

Grundsund

It was almost dark by the time we arrived in Grundsund, where we docked for the night.

sunset in grundsund on sweden's west coast

As we were due to depart from Grundsund at 7am the next day, I decided to get up early so that I’d have some time for a wander around.

willhelm tham in grundsund on sweden's west coast

It was perfect morning, still and sunny.

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grundsund reflections

Gullholmen

The first stop of the second day was on Gullholmen.

gullholmen quayside on sweden's west coast

We visited the Skepparthuset Museum. It’s a sea captain’s home which has remained pretty much unchanged since the late 19th century.

Skepparhuset Museum in Gullholmen on Sweden's west coast

crockery in Skepparhuset Museum in Gullholmen on Sweden's west coast

I loved the painted ceiling.

painted ceiling in Skepparhuset Museum in Gullholmen on Sweden's west coast

Outside the museum we were offered fresh oysters and mussels.

fresh oysters in gullhomen on swedebn's west coast

There were wonderful views up the slope from the church.

gullhplmen view from rocks

Skarhamn

I thought that visiting the Nordic Watercolour Museum on the island of Skarham would be one of the highlights of my trip. However, the exhibition that was on during my visit was ‘Disney’s Art of Storytelling’. I had been rather hoping for a selection of works, including landscapes by Nordic artists.

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There were some brave souls swimming and jumping into the water from the wooden platform.

swimming in skarhamn

Marstrand

We arrived in Marstrand, our overnight berthing spot, at 6pm, which allowed time for a wander around before dinner.

marstrand's waterfront on Sweden's west coast

It’s a very pretty town with lots of grand buildings.

bar in marstrand on Sweden's west coast

cafe in marstarnd on sweden's west coast

Marstand sweden's west coast

During dinner there was a cruise out to see a light house.

lighthouse near marstrand on sweden's west coast

It was a 6.20am departure from Marstrand the next morning.

Leaving Marstrand on Wilhelm Tham on Sweden's west coast

Vinga

On the third day, our first stop was on the island of Vinga.

willhelm tham on vinga on sweden's west coast

It’s the most westerly island of the Gothenburg Archipelago.

approaching vinga on sweden's west coast

There were some sheltered spots for swimming on the island.

inlet in vinga on sweden's west coast

The Swedish composer and singer Evert Taube lived on the island, as his father was the lighthouse keeper.

lighthouses on vinga on sweden's west coast

Alvsborg

The final port of call on the cruise along Sweden’s west coast was on the fortress island of Alvsborg. The dramatised tour of the fortress was good fun.

historic tour at alvsborg fortress on sweden's west coast

I was accosted by one of the performers outside the prison.

historical guided tour in alvsborg on sweden's west coast

On the prison wall is an illustration of the prisoner’s sleeping accommodation.

Illustration of prison in Alvsborg Fortress on Sweden's west coast

Accommodation on the Wilhelm Tham

My cabin was on the bridge deck. I knew that it would be compact. There was a sink in the cabin, with a toilet and a shower nearby. I found the bed to be more comfortable than I’d expected. There was some noise from the boat’s generator during the night.

Most passengers spent very little time in their cabins. The weather was very good for most of my cruise, so it was great to sit in the covered area to the rear of bridge deck to make the most of the views. There is also seating on both sides of the boat, on the bridge and shelter deck.

If you prefer to be inside, or the weather isn’t so good. there’s a lounge to the front of the shelter deck.

Catering on Wilhelm Tham

Meals were served in the restaurant on the shelter deck.

The meals during the cruise along Sweden’s west coast were superb; very tasty and with local ingredients. Full board was included, which consisted of a breakfast buffet, a set menu two course lunch and set menu three course dinner.

I thought that there was bound to be picked herring on the menu some day. I’d tried it before, and didn’t like it. However, I really liked the herring served on the Wilhelm Tham.

herring, salmon and cheese lunch on wilhelm tham on cruise along sweden's west coast

Below are photos of some of the other delicious fare.

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Crayfish main course

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Minced elk starter

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Cod main course

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Venison main course

There was an honesty bar on the bridge deck.  Tea and coffee were complimentary. You could drink the tap water on board.

The Cruising Experience

Cruising along the west coast of Sweden is a very special experience. It felt magical to journey through such beautiful scenery on an old fashioned boat.

There’s a maximum capacity of fifty passengers on board in the twenty five cabins, so there’s an intimate atmosphere, with the opportunity to chat to fellow passengers.

The staff are all exceptionally friendly and helpful; they are focused on giving passengers the best possible experience.

The Ruth Borchard Collection: The Next Generation at Kings Place London

004’The Ruth Borchard Collection: The Next Generation – Self Portraiture in the 21st Century’ runs until 24 September 2016 at Kings Place London.

Upon entering, one painting looked familiar to me. That’s because it was by Lucy Jones, and I’d seen the piece in her  ‘Looking In, Looking Out exhibition at Kings Place in 2014.

Lucy Jones in the Next Generation Collection at Kings Place London

Below is a selection of my favourites at the Next Generation exhibition.

Josie McCoy in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Josie McCoy

Red Studio Portrait in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Mary Mabbutt

Tabitha Steiner Self Portrait in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Tabitha Steiner

Crowd By Jiro Osuga in The Next Generation Collection is King's Pl London

Jiro Osuga

Mum of Four in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Brita Granstrom

Self Portrait with Exploding Chest in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Marcelle Hanselaar

Self Portrait by Adam Birtwistle in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Adam Birtwistle

Peter Glossick in the Next Generation Collection at Kings Place London

Peter Glossick

Elizabeth Shields in the Next Generation Collection at Kings Place Londo

Elizabeth Shields

Anita Klein in the Next Generation Collection at Kings Place Londo

Anita Klein

Self Portrait as Ornament by Charlotte Hodes in the Next Generation Collection at Kings Place Londo

Charlotte Hodes

Dale Atkinson in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Deal Atkinson

The Mystic Peasant by Greg Trickery in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Greg Trickery

Night Studio Study by Eugenic Vronskaya in The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Eugenia Vronskaya

Self Portrait by Andrew Kuhn in The Next Generation at King's Pl London

Andrew Kuhn

Self Portrait by Lisa Stokes at The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Lisa Stokes

Self Portrait Neck by Tony Beanie The Next Generation Collection at King's Pl London

Tony Bevan

Frances Borden in the Next Generation Collection at Kings Place London

Frances Borden

Dora Holzhandler in the Next Generation Collection at Kings Place London

Dora Holzhandler

Isobel Peachey in the Next Generation Collection at Kings Place London

Isobel Peachey

The Ruth Borchard Collection: The Next Generation exhibition made me think about doing a self portrait. I used some of my own hair to create sheep in one of my artworks. If I save the hair from my next few haircuts and the the self portrait isn’t to large. I should have enough hair to do the job.

A Photo Tour of Tate Britain London

Although I’ve been to most of the well known museums and galleries in London, I only recently paid my first visit to Tate Britain. It’s located in Millbank, on the northern bank of the River Thames.

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I was prompted to visit Tate Britain as, when I looked at a map to work out how to get to the Garden Museum in Lambeth on the south bank the Thames, I saw that it’d only take me a few minutes to walk from the Garden Museum to Tate Britain.

Before going inside Tate Britain, I ate my packed lunch in the Summer Garden.

tate britain london summer garden

Upon entering Tate Britain, I admired the Rotunda with its terrazzo floor.

tate britain london interior

A sweeping staircase leads to the lower floor from the Rotunda.

tate britain london staircase

My eye was caught by the Christina Mackie installation featuring ten 12 metre high silk nets.

tate britain london net installation

It was interesting to see Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’, which I better understood after reading about Emin’s bout of suicidal depression after a relationship breakdown.

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I’d previously seen Jacob Epstein’s ‘Jacob and the Angel’ alabaster sculpture at Tate Liverpool, but it’s still a powerful piece.

tate britain london jacob and the angel by epstein

I liked the vivid colours used in ‘How the West was Won’ by Donald Rodney.

tate britain london how the west was won

I was rather intrigued by a Typhoo Tea packet. An online search revealed that it was an early work entitled ‘Tea Painting in an Illusionist Style’ by David Hockney.

tate britain london typhoo tea

I wasn’t sure why Peter Black was clutching a Elvis magazine in his ‘Self Portrait with Badges’.

tate britain london elvis fan

I didn’t spot the title of this painting. To me, it resembled a foetus in its amniotic sac.

tate britain london red painting

The blade wielding character in the ‘The Nanny, Small Bears and the Bogeyman’ by Paula Rego, looked like a Red Indian about to perform some initiation rite on the youngster.

tate britain london bogeyman

I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to replicate some of the positions portrayed below.

tate britain contortions

The lighting created shadows behind the ‘King and Queen’ sculpture by Henry Moore.

tate britain london henry moore couple sculpture

The wire sculptures looked a bit like squint pylons or TV masts.

tate britain london sculpturees

I highly recommend visiting the Tate Britain with its diverse collection of historical and contemporary British art. It’s open every day from 10am to 6pm.