Wordless Wednesday: the sign says it all

25 Mar
A hairdressing salon window, Mission Street, San Francisco. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Not sure these claims would survive NZ’s Fair Trading legislation. A hairdressing salon window, Mission Street, San Francisco. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

On the collision of the curated and the entirely accidental

24 Mar
Seen in Selfridges window, Oxford Street, London. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Seen in Selfridges window, Oxford Street, London. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

I seem to have developed a habit of photographing shop windows. I’ve only recently become aware of this, and have been thinking about it quite a lot. I think it’s because I love the interplay of items placed and framed deliberately — often with great care and at great expense — against the totally random nature of the world reflected in the glass.

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Still life with coral – and a couple walking their dog. Seen in window of design store, Munich. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Is it street photography? Abstraction? Or in the case below, self-portrait?

Captured in a store window in Bordeaux. "Jellyfish" made of fabric, chandelier, armchair, street scene and the photographer. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

Captured in a store window in Bordeaux. “Jellyfish” made of fabric, chandelier, armchair, street scene and the photographer. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.

This post was written for Sally’s Phoneography and non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Six word Saturday. Behind the lens; photographing the photographer

20 Mar
Behind the lens: photographing the photographer. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Release Your Inner Artist

17 Mar

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I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity while wandering around new places these last few weeks, and then this morning read this piece by the very talented writer Tish Farrell. It says all I would like to — and so eloquently.

Originally posted on Tish Farrell:

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We are each of us born brimming with potential, creators in the making. But then something happens – at least for most of us it does. Somewhere between the childhood dreaming, and the adolescent wake-up call we make a decision. For each of us this will be the result of particular, often very painful circumstances, but the outcome will be the same. From that point on we will tell ourselves we are not goodenough, and what we do is not good enough and that even if we toil until the crack of doom, it never will be good enough. We give up. Surrender, often before we have given ourselves half a chance. Somehow – through repeated expressions of contempt, denigration, ridicule, bemusement from peers and elders – we learn that it is dangerous to be too extraordinary, and that if we persist in following our dream we will…

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Hello, I’m back … normal service has been resumed

16 Mar
Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

The holiday is over! Three and a half weeks visiting San Fransisco, Munich, Bordeaux, London and the midlands with the Big T and our boy-child just flew by. Now we’re left with residual jet lag, a huge laundry pile, SD cards full of electronic memories — and human ones that have already softened to forget the not-so-good bits and reshape the rest into an experience we will all treasure.

I’m sure I’ll bore you all with my holiday snaps over the coming weeks (months if you let me), but for now I’ll just say “hello, it’s good to be back.”

A huge thank you to the people who have chosen to follow ZimmerBitch in my absence. I WILL get over to your blogs to visit and say a proper thanks as soon as I can.

It’s always hard to get back into real life after time out, but there a lots of little compensations. One was coming home to find my tomato plants groaning with tiny sweet fruit. So excuse me for now; I’m just off to enjoy some.

Homecoming harvest. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Homecoming harvest. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015.

Six Word Saturday: checking in from Bordeaux this weekend

28 Feb

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It’s rained during most of our time in Bordeaux, so yesterday’s sunshine was very welcome. But today the rain jackets were out again — wpexcept for the boy-child who doesn’t seem to notice the weather.

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Wordless Wednesday: postcards from here and there

25 Feb

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Apologies; I’m posting from my iPad and having trouble captioning the images. So:
1. San Francisco from the Coit Tower
2. Church of St a Peter & St Paul, San Francisco
3. My “boys” with Francesco; street performer in Munich
4. The boys again. On the road up to Schloss Neuschwanstein, Bavaria
5 & 6. Views from the train; Munich to Fussen
7. Resedenz Garten, Munich
8. A perfect plate; macarons in a shop window, Munich

All images: Su Leslie, 2015

Not exactly wordless, but this last week pictures definitely speak louder than words.

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