Wednesday Lensday: Love, of KAWS

Wednesday Lensday: Love, of KAWS

Last weekend, we ventured out into the Spring sunshine and visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in Wakefield. The 500 acre estate is home to many permanent sculptures by the likes of Andy Goldsworthy, William Pye and Dame Barbara Hepworth.

It also houses transient installations, such as their current exhibition by American artist KAWS. This is the first UK museum exhibition by him and I’ll admit that I wasn’t aware of his work before we went. However, I loved his quirky characters and marvelled at the sheer size of some of the outdoor structures, which represent nostalgic aspects of growing up.

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I’d stupidly forgotten to take the camera, so all these have been taken on my iPhone. I’ve then had a play around with them, bleeding out the background in order to give them an other-worldly feel.

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State of Mind: Reflective Serenity

State of Mind: Reflective Serenity

When I saw the prompt for this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, I decided to share one of my earlier galleries, ‘Areas of Sanctity‘. The theme this week is State of Mind and what with nostalgically looking back over my youth with my post on childhood TV, it immediately made me think of reflection as a mindset. Which led me to think of the font in Salisbury Cathedral. I know some of you will have seen this selection before but as I’ve gained quite a few new followers since I first posted it (thank you!), I didn’t think you’d mind it again!


I don’t consider myself to be a religious person, but I have always had a love of churches, holy buildings and graveyards. Not only for the serenity that can be found in their surroundings, but the outstanding architecture that has been lavished upon them in a celebration of some higher order. I’m lucky enough to live near two of the outstanding minsters in the UK, displaying both Medieval and Gothic design in all their glory, and I’m still in awe of how beautiful they are, even after numerous visits.

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Beverley Minster in Yorkshire, UK

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Wednesday Lensday: Sands of TIME

Wednesday Lensday: Sands of TIME

Hello everyone!

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge prompts us to look at time. Thinking about all the various connotations of the word led me to our holidays in Portugal.

We are lucky enough to have access to a villa on the Algarve, not far from where they hold an annual, international Sand Festival in Pera. Every year, sand sculptors practise their art based around a specific subject.

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The year we visited, the theme was Idols. From explorers, to religious leaders, musicians to stars of stage and screen, the detail and size (some over 12 metres high) was incredible, all created out of approximately 40,000 tonnes of sand. The exhibition only runs for a few months, after which, just like the tide washing away a child’s castle, the bulldozers raze it to the ground, ready for the next year.

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Round, round, get ‘a round’

Round, round, get ‘a round’

I’m a big fan of curves. I love the smooth, undulating lines of a meandering river, the spirals of a ringlet, the curl of a dozing cat.

And as geometric shapes go, a simple circle can often be the most striking, synonymous with completion, ending and beginnings, with life.

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So, in response to the Daily Post’s photo challenge, here are a few images from my collection of circles and curves, snapped as I’ve been out and about and getting ‘a round’!

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Void of Rainbows 4: Areas of Sanctity

I don’t consider myself to be a religious person, but I have always had a love of churches, holy buildings and graveyards. Not only for the serenity that can be found in their surroundings, but the outstanding architecture that has been lavished upon them in a celebration of some higher order. I’m lucky enough to live near two of the outstanding minsters in the UK, displaying both Medieval and Gothic design in all their glory, and I’m still in awe of how beautiful they are, even after numerous visits.

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Beverley Minster in Yorkshire, UK

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