Sunday, July 10, 2011

The non-Sartorialist

Do you read The Sartorialist blog? I do. I like the quirky clothes although I suspect that the photographs of women are more about the uniformly spindly body shape than the clothes. I particularly like the vintage photos that readers send in mostly of their grandparents or parents kicking back on holiday.

It's a bit splotchy, and probably not up to Sartorialist standards, but this is a photograph of my grandfather Thomas Long. At the time this photograph was taken, probably in the mid 1930s, he was working as a builder's labourer in and around Hamilton in Scotland. He would later own his own building contractor's business. I love the nonchalant pose and the effortless elegance just for a day out at the seaside.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Campus grafitti

I'm not a great fan of urban grafitti generally — I find it mildly threatening — but I have to admit that there's something funky and fascinating about this ribbon of grafitti around the bottom of a shoebox building on the campus in Pessac.


Being confined indoors most of the day, just the four of us, is reminding me of the days when my children were wee and most of our weekends ...