Monthly Archives: June 2016

All In The Family?

More than 100 years ago my great-great-uncle, the commercial artist and illustrator Hamilton King, painted his iconic Coca-Cola women. Last December I – his great-great-nephew – had the privilege of photographing women in Africa – for Coca-Cola!

Bill Cunningham – Cyclist and Photographer

On the subject of cycling and photography came news yesterday of the death of Bill Cunningam, iconic fashion photographer for the New York Times, who passed away at the ripe old age of 87. Famous for gadding around the city on a battered old bicycle, a small camera bag on his waist, he captured the…

A Picture of Hastings

One of the important things about posting on my blog – for me anyway – is the necessity to illustrate it properly. Indeed, until I started doing this blog I had largely given up photography and it was the need to find decent illustrations for this site that dragged me back into it, reluctantly at…

Good ole Henny Penny

There it is – the sky. Good old sky. Still hanging up there despite the pronouncements of legions of ‘experts’ – Nobel prize winners, archbishops, scientists, tycoons, bankers, sporting heroes, columnists, the heads of everything from the IMF to the IOU, even the President of the United States – who have been warning us for ages…

Aloha Oe EU

Aloha Oe - Brexit

I went to bed last night believing that Britain would almost certainly choose to remain in the EU. When last I checked the various news websites on my iPad I saw that most of the opinion polls were predicting a win for Remain (by 52-48) and that some of the leaders in the Brexit camp…

Brexit?

This morning polls open for the great EU referendum. As an Australian sitting on the sidelines I have been following the run-up to the vote with great interest. Actually, I learned the other day that as an Australian citizen with leave to remain in the UK, I could have had a vote in this –…

Ugliest Colour In The World?

Mona Lisa

Behold Pantone 448c – a colour determined by a group of Australian researchers to be the ugliest, most off-putting colour in creation. Market research firm Gfk Bluemoon spent three months experimenting with the colour wheel to determine which colours humans liked least. The  object of the study, commissioned by the Australian Government, was to find…

The Ultimate Iconic Bicycle

In 1954 a 12-year-old black kid named Cassius Clay parked his new red-and-white Schwinn outside the Home Exhibition in Louisville Kentucky and went inside to get some of the free popcorn and candy that was on offer. When he came back outside a while later his bicycle was gone, nicked.  He reported the theft to…