Standing Still in Wilmington Square

Wilmington Square on a week day afternoon in June.  Impressions: Frilly, heavy trees, buoyant greenery, gnarled trunks, overflowing bins, a pigeon exploring the debris.  Oblong bandstand, a person on the ground in a sleeping bag, sturdy benches, men sitting.  Crowds of tiny flies, clouds of cigarette smoke, cloudy sky, warmth. Beautiful and seedy. Question: What happens …

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Lake at Kew Gardens

Standing Still in Wintry Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens on a week day morning in January. Impressions: Babies, so many babies, and toddlers and maternity leave mothers.  Retired women in colourful accessories – rainbow leg warmers, leopard print hat, furry pink gloves.  A friendly and curious robin follows me.  Steaming manure, frost in the shade, deep winter colours, strong shadows, brilliant light, blinding …

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