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Madrid by Night

A walk through the centre of Madrid, Spain by night in November  Impressions: Mild evening, bars full of chatter, night wanderers, tourists, a couple of pickpockets thwarted, historical buildings lit up, chirruping road crossing lights, 6 lane boulevards thrumming with traffic, couples with arms around each other, children playing in the square Question: Where will …

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Making Shadows in Dimitrakopoulo Plateia

Dimitrakopoulo Plateia in Larisa, Greece on a week day lunchtime in March. Impressions: Bright blue sky, bright white light, sharp shadows, yellow flowers, scraggy green grass, tiny lizards scurrying.  Dormant fountain, rubbish floating in it.  Empty square, cafes quiet now, motorbikes vibrating, swing creaking, man on his phone, bench missing planks. Question: What shadow shapes …

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Uplifted Near Pinios River

Pinios River in Larisa, Greece early on an April weekday morning Impressions:  Magical light, blue sky, lush green, peaceful river, tall trees.  Wild horses, runners plugged into their headphones, a gang of kids playing with sticks, a fast moving lizard.  Blossom, flowers, bees, dragonflies, graffiti and street art.  Restorative and uplifting. Question: Where do you …

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Winter Light Magical Powers at Kew Gardens

Winter Lights at Kew Gardens on a week day evening in December. Impressions: Night, magical lights, tacky performances, amazing sculpture, fire, colour.  Mulled wine, doughnuts, marshmallows.  Children, families, music, fairground rides.  Winding walk, floodlit trees, laser lit water.  The Hive shining and breathtaking. Question: The lights create a magical atmosphere.  If we could use magic to give …

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Hoxton Square and the Changing Light

Hoxton Square at midday on a week day in January. Impressions: Post-sleet puddles and sunlight.  Deep shadows and reflections.  Muddy grass.  Outdoor urinal.  Dog fetching a stick.  White cube gallery.  Chained bicycles.  Chain restaurants and bars – so many changes of ownership and lost memories for me.  Church and church bells.  Cold.  Icy wind.  Grey clouds and …

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