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April 28, 2011

life and art


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April 26, 2011


The Romans took a lot of the Greek gods and renamed them, so Aphrodite became Venus. Here she is having just risen from a choppy sea, riding on a convenient, and rather large, scallop shell, being blown to the shore by Zephyrs while hiding her modesty with her long tresses. An attendant waits on the shore with a fancy blanket so she doesn't catch a chill


The Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli, tempera on canvas, 1486

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April 25, 2011

Aphrodite revealed


Cronos, having cut off his father's genitals [in a fit of pique presumably] throws them into the sea, and Aphrodite rises from the waves as a result.

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April 23, 2011

first shot first day



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April 21, 2011

day one filming


Rebecca Riley as The High Priestess

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April 20, 2011

First day rehearsal


the new dance film is underway

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April 17, 2011


UPDATED Film isn’t reality. Well, no surprises there. Moment by moment, reality is quite boring. In life, we edit reality in our heads, to make it more interesting. So if we were just to film reality, in real time, it wouldn’t be very interesting [see home movies].

To make a film, whether it’s a documentary or a fiction, it’s necessary to grab the reality of the subject and take it apart into a series of moments which can then be put back together again [in post-production] to create something that looks like reality. In the case of the documentary it's often done retrospectively.

This is the key, it must look like reality – and that’s the tricky bit, it takes a lot of un-picking, working out and putting back together in the right order. To look right, intended and real it’s got to be more than reality, super real, or, as they say in Bavaria – Überwirklichkeit.


working out a tumbling sequence early in the new film

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April 15, 2011


The cards I designed for Invisible Thread Theatre's new show PLUCKED have gone down well.


look out for the show this autumn

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April 13, 2011

International Festival of Movement on Screen


TRAPEZIUS is being shown at the moves International Festival of Movement on Screen, at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, on Saturday 30th April at 18:45. If you happen to be passing.

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April 09, 2011

talking of photography...

...here's a photograph of my first proper bicycle


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April 08, 2011

some photographs


I've just put a few of the photographs I take when I'm wearing my photographer's hat, up on Flickr. So why not go have a flick through.

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April 06, 2011

a long low slow track to the right




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April 05, 2011


Many years ago now, where the past disappeared round the corner of time, Charles Saatchi e-mailed me and asked if I wanted to be part of his online gallery. There were only a few of us in those days. Now there are thousands.


I've just uploaded some more images, if you have a minute, go see Saatchi Online

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April 04, 2011

The Tea Tray at Grosvenor Road


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April 01, 2011

the past is smaller than the present


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