Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Kennet & Avon Canal





Two fine art prints showing the Kennet & Avon Canal from end to end printed on high quality linen finish paper and measuring 358mm x 615mm.

These limited edition prints are available, signed and numbered, for purchase by post.
Single prints are £35.00 and the set of two are £65.00 plus post and packaging.

Order by email: john@shipahoy.fsnet.co.uk
                                                        

                                                                                                    Bristol to Wilcot



                                                                                                        Wilcot to Reading

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

'Hay Day-Out' at the Book Fair

On my first visit to the Hay Festival there was a distinct feeling of Peace and Love, book lovers seem to be delightfully knitted together, and really quite cool!

Rediscovering the Pencil



















Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tango! - 'Really Dirty Dancing'

Couple Dancing or Impressing the Ladies!
A few years ago I was looking for an agent in America and thought I would do some appropriate
portfolio building and discovered a New york based tango group who published lots of their tango photographs on their website. I was impressed by their apparent dedication to the art and even more so by the fact that they tangoed all over the world, they would even tango in airports whilst waiting for their flight. How cool was that! Sod Strictly!

It's all about Shape and Chemistry
 If you were a man conned into travelling to Buenos Aries in the 19th Century to help build the railways and promised none existant riches you would find that, in those days, there was a distinct shortage of what most young healthy men need, when they are not working, a woman! There were, of course, brothels, very very busy brothels. To keep the clientele from straying the proprietors would have a small band playing and it was at this time that the men would dance with each other to sharpen their tango skills because if they were actually going to find a wife in Buenos Aries they would have to show their skills and passion through dance.

Street Tango
Apart from the wealthy few, who frowned on this form of Dirty Dancing, if a working man wanted a wife he would have to find one in the poorer districts of the city where they would congregate and dance in the courtyards of the tenement blocks. So it was in the streets where the foundations of the Tango tradition flourished and became an important part of social life in Buenos Aries and eventualy spread all over the world and is still carried on by the group who I discovered and used as my inspiration for the Tango series. I did evenually attract an American agent but by this time the world economies were about to go 'tits-up' bringing recession and a bleak time for purveyors of the graphic arts. But I'm richer for discovering the passion and beauty of the dance which I don't partake in because I think that this is something purely for a people watcher like me to marvel at!

Tango Night
And I'm lazy!








Thursday, 22 September 2011

Influences are Important

Giorgio di Chirico has always had a place in my affections because he looks like he should have been one of the Goons instead of an internationally acknowledged lover of the Piazza. This is based on the Piazza Bra in Verona and is overlooked by the colosseum which is a tourist attraction and a opera venue. Consequently the opera sets are left outside on the piazza during the daytime which has clearly irritated my hero and left him with a dilemma. Is there room left for his banana?

    Woody Allen, apparently, loves Venice and here he is outside Florians on San Marco,
    another Piazza. Florians is one of those seductive, overpriced sit outside and look cool
    bar/coffee venues that comes with its own entertainment in the form of the above happy
    band getting down to the chicken song. One can easily slip into this relaxing mood except for
    the fact that there are thousands of people about a couple of metres away photographing
    each other being shat on by the pidgeons for which they have bought overpriced bird food.
    No wonder Woody has that ponderous expression.