Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Favourite Photos: Kei's Photos of China

I have been to China many times, but sadly have hardly done any sightseeing. My daughter Kei is making a trip there now, and her photos of the Yellow Mountains and Mount Huanshan in particular are so spectacular that I am reproducing them here.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Favourite Gardens - The Buildings, Broughton

Panorama of the grass garden

I have posted many photos from this amazing garden before, but on yesterday's NGS visit, it was looking more beautiful than ever. As some of you know, it has been the inspiration for my own grass and gravel garden, which sadly will never reach this level of perfection.

Old Swan House gravel garden in September

Click here for more photos from the Buildings
And here for more photos of Old Swan House in September

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Horst at the V&A: Photographer of Style

Horst's Vogue covers

The V&A's superb exhibition of the works of the photographer Horst (1909 - 1999) runs from 6th September to 4th January 2015 is a fine account of his fascinating life and includes his most famous fashion images and portraits as well as some of the more informal shots of those in his gilded circle of friends. Horst lived with my uncle Valentine Lawford (known as Nicholas in the United States) from 1950 to Valentine's death in 1991 and was an occasional visitor at home and took a number of portraits of us (which fortunately did not surface at the exhibition).
Herry and Valentine at Danegate 1949. Photo by Horst
The exhibition website the curator, Susanna Brown, has created is full of wonderful material.

For some photos of the event, click here.