All posts filed under: Weekly photo blog

Pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

between in some parts of Germany we call the time between Xmas and New Year ‘between the years’ – Zwischen den Jahren. i like that expression because it really captures this weird in-between meandering around Winter Solstice and the strange shift from the often quiet, homely and potentially slightly solemn Xmas family days on the sofa to the loud party time of New Year on the streets… in Germany the end of the calendar year […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

tight last saturday i walked past this beautiful woven willow fence in bow; last sunday i was given a little weaving frame by my secret santa; this week all i managed to do in terms of me-time was playing with my little weaving frame and my favourite colour combinations. this week was so packed and space-less – which i kind of knew when i accepted to deliver a 4-day peer mediation course in a lambeth […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

ephemeral last Sunday my friend Danny took me to the Ephemera Society‘s fair. until the moment we got there i didn’t even know how to pronounce the word ‘ephemeral’ leave alone what a thus named society would do with a fair and i was immediately struck by a whole load of impressions – quite ephemerally so because unfortunately i cannot recall but a few by now: a large well-lit window-less room (inside a fairly soulless city […]

pic of the week

deep:black / Weekly photo blog

spirals last week we did a final deep:black ‘personal leadership’ session with a group of homeless young adults living in a hostel somewhere in the suburbs of East London’s. something had shifted over the three sessions and i was really struck by how much vulnerability people were allowing us to see in this last session. i got a glimpse of lives twisted into spirals of mental health issues (depression or psychosis or at times both), […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

lost in mist i’ve just come back from a 10-day trip to Bavaria/Germany where my colleague katharine and i delivered a couple of deep:black workshops at my former university. one of our main attractions for them is that we train essential social pedagogy core competencies – conflictability – in English. i knew from last year that i was likely to feel a bit fuzzy with the constant mix of English and German; throw some Bavarian […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

motion the last few weeks were very busy and I struggled making space for creativity – but this week I made up: doing some of my favourite things (writing, photography, spinning yarn) in my favourite spaces (cafes, my room, the cemetery). maybe I should let you guess which ones I did where? here’s a little help: the old tower hamlets cemetery is one of my favourite places and I took part in a very inspirational […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

borders looking back at this week i all of a sudden remember how years ago when i first worked in an international context (with refugees in germany) i was trying to find the correct english translation for the german word ‘Grenze‘. today i know that the word i needed was ‘border‘. but back then i was infuriatingly confused by the choice my dictionary offered: ‘limit‘, ‘boundary‘, ‘frontier‘, ‘threshold‘, ‘edge‘, even ‘barrier‘. so some things have […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

no more austerity* what we do and we march and I hold no placard easy to pick up where other marchers got tired of them only cleaners now to pick them that’s what they get paid for and badly and we march and I hold my camera pick up the joy around me the colours behind ‘trident’ primary [school] blue, red, green, yellow marching well together and we march and I shoot colours, joy, a […]

pic of the week

deep:black / Weekly photo blog

dawn it’s been a rich and richly intense week. it included having to deal with two crises in a freelance project and two crises in two different deep:black projects; and in total juxtaposition attending a performance by poet Alice Oswald at the Southbank which came from stillness, darkness, slowness, spreading out-ness and spacing out-ness. it was beautiful in an earthy way and magical without any special features but voice and melody. it was my antidote […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

Joy and John I spent the last week in the Cabin on the Hill to have some creative time out. A friend gave me a book of poems by Benjamin Zephaniah to take along and I started reading them on my first evening. I went through the table of contents to find the ones I wanted to read and don’t know what called me to ‘The Death of Joy Gardner’ because I’m not drawn to […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

boat days seems i was born dizzy: i’ve always had seriously low blood pressure and also some postural condition that makes me dizzy, faint & lightheaded when I stand up. on good days i barely notice it. on not so good days i run around lightheaded and get blurry visions from getting up. and on bad days even bending down to the sink makes everything turn black and my ears drowning in noise like standing […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

once… …there was a jumper. however, it wasn’t just any odd jumper but a very odd one that had been hand made by myself following no pattern just the curiosity of the yarn – which had been hand-spun partly by myself: the product of even more curiosity (described endlessly in earlier posts). so here was my odd jumper made from un-treated un-dyed wool and because it was looking a bit odd and it was summer […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

disobedience this isn’t necessarily the greatest quality picture in the world but what’s on it is quite significant to a lot of the people i met with last thursday at my local CND group – and i’ve been really impressed and touched by the ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition at the V&A where i took this picture. i’ve just spent a couple of hours updating our CND blog and feel really deeply connected with the campaign and […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

Brighton Stories Coming to the UK as an outsider I dare say Brighton seems a strange place: I always sensed a real hype about it esp in London (where some people see it very generously as a London suburb by the sea – only aptly echoed by Brightonians seeing London as the natural expanse of Brighton by the river). Everybody likes it, everybody is keen to go: for a day trip to the sea side […]

pic of the week

Weekly photo blog

golden   during ‘The Journey’ in Embercombe (see here) i realised that it was about time that i reclaimed some of my happy childhood family memories because unfortunately i tend to give more attention to the unhappy and painful ones. my brain certainly falls straight into the ‘negativity bias‘ that some scientists believe exists and that makes the brain behaving ‘like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones‘ Rick Hansen. for me this […]