30 April 2013
29 April 2013
We're in Cap d'Ail today at the Pointe des Douaniers. The restaurant, Le Cabanon, is behind us, the car park off to the right - Monaco is to our left. I think these are mulberry trees - they form a wonderful horizontal canopy of shade in summer. I'm not sure of the name though - perhaps someone knows?
28 April 2013
Yacht Club of Monaco is getting nearer and nearer to completion. As you can see it's beginning to look like a yacht iself. It's due to be finished at the end of this year with a grand opening in summer 2014. You can see another photo by clicking on the link. The design is by Lord Norman Foster.
27 April 2013
26 April 2013
25 April 2013
This is a longer shot of the diveboat we saw yesterday. (see small pic)
There's something so relaxing about wandering around amongst the boats - look at their names, look at the reflections in the water, look at the people working on the big yachts. You don't have to own a yacht to enjoy the buzz of Port Hercule.
24 April 2013
23 April 2013
22 April 2013
20 April 2013
Yesterday was the 5th and last day of a superb Photography/Writing Workshop in Monaco called:
Telling Tales: The Art of Creating Stories in Images and Words
With Nick Danziger, award-winning photojournalist, author and documentary filmmaker and Rory MacLean, best-selling author.
It was fabulous, inspiring, exhausting - we each worked on a specific project and left with the tools to put it into practice. This is probably the only course where writing and photography are combined. It was such a privilege to be taught by and work with Nick and Rory - they really cared about us and our projects and that we should learn as grow as the course progressed. Do click on the links above to read about the work of Nick and Rory.
There will be another workshop, I believe in September, in Monaco, so if anyone gets the chance, I'd say --- don't miss it! Click on the link where you'll find contact details to reach Nick. Note - the workshop is in English.
Thank you Nick and Rory for a truly great workshop.
And thankyou to my fellow participants, wonderful talented photographer Tiziana from Monaco who cooked a regu to die for one evening. To Jon (that's going to be a wonderful book!) and Claire from the UK and her photographs representing poetry and to beautiful Elisa from Hongkong who has an old soul and will enchant us with her future work.
The first photo was taken by Nick Danziger. The one below by me.
19 April 2013
18 April 2013
17 April 2013
16 April 2013
Today Blake is pouring warmed wax into a mould that is the beginning of a new Angel creation. Later he will join the delicate pieces together along with internal rods to hold the sculpture together. Then it will be sent to the foundry in Italy to be cast in bronze. We'll see more of these processes another time.
Click on the link to see the beauty of a finished Angel by Blake.
15 April 2013
14 April 2013
It's always such a treat for me when celebrated Canadian sculptor Blake invites me to his Monaco studio to take photos of work in progress.
In the main photo, you see Blake's assistant, a sculptor herself, applying gold leaf to the interior of this sculpture in his new series, Phantom. The first in the series, 'Phantom Sky' was exhibited at the recent Monaco-Japan exhibition. (see photo below)
Blake has written about the Phantom series:
'We have gone Las Vegas!
Bling has entered into the realm of the Phantoms!
This new series of sculptures place great value on the interior space within us, it is an exploration of our inner selves and the ideas of our emotional and spiritual psyche. By bring the interior to our attention I place a high value on this area of our intellect and emotional being, by covering it in gold I add physical, symbolic and material value to the work.'
13 April 2013
12 April 2013
11 April 2013
10 April 2013
09 April 2013
08 April 2013
After all the rain and wind and chilly days, this was Monaco yesterday - glorious sunshine that made us all wonder if spring has finally arrived.
This photo shows the far end of the beach - in the background you see Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and beyond that Menton and Italy.
07 April 2013
I walked down from the village and along the Moyenne Corniche to get this shot. Although I was quite a long way away, the 24-70 mm lens did pretty well. The strip of land you see out to sea, is Cap Ferrat. Someset Maughan used to love there. in 2012 Cap Ferrat was named the second most expensive place to live in the world - after Monaco!
06 April 2013
These two donkeys are usually to be found half way up the main slope that leads to the village. Presumably this is their winter grazing - it's just below the village.
Let's hope the restaurant behind them doesn't decide to serve donkey in their 'brochettes.' As if ...
05 April 2013
This archway includes the entrance to the gorgeous Chèvre d'Or.
04 April 2013
03 April 2013
Any work that needs doing in Eze Village involves lugging the materials and the tools up the narrow streets and then lugging everything, including any waste materials, back again.
As I walked up this little street, the guy with the beard who is plastering under the sign 'le troubadour' looked right at me. He has a marvellous face and I should have taken his photo at that moment but I thought I'd do it on the way back down. But by then he'd gone. Grab the moment! Applies to everything in life, doesn't it?