Sunday, September 27, 2015

Under the Eclipse

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The wind was blowing chill off the sea when I arrived along the East Cliffs above Bournemouth.  The Needles glowed off the tip of the Isle of Wight as the sun set.  A steady procession of swells rolled in from the southwest, attracting seabirds and surfers.  Photographers started gathering along the paths, setting up tripods and adjusting lenses to get the best views.

The big event was the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.  The moon was due to pass through the earth’s shadow just past 2 am, local time.  It coincided with the closest approach of the moon in its elliptical path around the earth, making the disc appear 14% larger in diameter, up to 30% brighter, than normal.

We had clear skies and a beautiful sunset in Dorset: great practice for the show to come.

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On cue, the moon rose over the Isle of Wight.

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It really was spectacular: absolutely brilliant against the darkening skies and the reflecting seas.  The professional photographers were getting wonderfully detailed shots of the lunar surface.

Nearby, an elderly white-haired man sat on the park bench watching all of the excitement.  Early in the evening, he talked to me about traveling down from London, staying with his family, what the eclipse was all about.  He kept to himself when people started to arrive, but came over as I got ready to leave.

‘I’ve written you a poem,’  he said, offering to read it:

It was the night of a full moon,

It was beside the sea.

My heart was full of happiness,

My spirit full of glee.

It was in beautiful Bournemouth,

A lovely, lovely place.

God bless you and all you meet

And may you always have a smile on your face.

  -- Tom Dennis

It was unexpected and nice:  I told him how much I appreciated it, and he jumped a little and clapped his hands, laughing.  We shared a brief hug and smile, and then were off our separate ways, under the rising moon.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Evening light along the harbour

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It’s been the usual whirl of activity that follows a week of travel.  Phone calls and emails, coffee with associates and prep for chairing next week’s MedTech Investing Conference in London filed each day.

Hungarian couple Robert and Christa have upgraded their pizza delivery business: DSC05617 (1400x1036)a classy new motorcycle and deluxe pizza box to make the rounds.  They get out into the countryside with it when not working.

Away from the computer, I’ve focused on the basics: getting regular sleep, preparing fresh meals, and exercise each day.  I started at 200 cals / 20 mins, but was back up to full 45 minute HIIT routines / 600 cals by week’s end.  The summer’s excess weight began to drop off in parallel: October’s goal is to be back to where I was in spring.

It’s also been good to get the feet moving again.  My PT has tut-tutted over the stiffness in my small bones, reminding me that stretching and walking remain important.  So, I’m taking more time along the shore again, usually late in the day, looking for the first signs of autumn, looking for the best light and composition.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This space is restlessness, madness…

Gerard GarousteIt’s impossible to know much about a person just by looking at them.

The gentleman to the right is a French artist, GĂ©rard GarousteDSC04707 (905x1400)He has been painting figurative, mythological, and allegorical works for 40 years, exhibiting mainly in France.  Twenty years ago, he helped to found The Source, helping culturally underprivileged young people to achieve personal development through artistic expression.

The Maeght Foundation is hosting a retrospective of his work through November, and I had an opportunity to visit the gallery a couple of weeks ago.  It is a game of funhouse mirrors: The works follow the thread of restless thought that the creator offers us, suggests the guidebook.

His reality is somewhat grimmer. The artist describes the space as one of restlessness, madness.  His works tell stories about the Torments of Men through them grotesque deformation of his subjects.

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DSC04705 (907x1400)It’s a provocative and unsettling series, large bold canvases filling room after room.  They are well executed and boldly emotional. 

Still, I might have enjoyed them more if they weren’t so out of character with the avuncular artist described in the lobby.


My photographs wee taken with permission of the Maeght Foundation.  The works are copyrighted, and are used here only for review. All rights are reserved by the artist.