Dark Modernism : the forgotten story of an abandoned Jewish boarding school

The premises of an groundbreaking Jewish boarding school played an active role in both WW1 and WW2, and hide some rarely seen Modernist architecture – but also dark stories of child abuse. The country south of Oxford is simply beautiful, in a typical English way. Gently rolling hills and endless green pastures give way to… Read More

The eagle dance of Zeybekiko : an expression of the Greek soul

The unique, soulful Greek dance called Zeybekiko is steeped in folk tradition, has no specified steps or moves, and yet captures the essence of Greek character. I attempt to explain what it’s all about. I was recently invited to capture my nephew’s christening in photography. Christenings, weddings and other family gatherings are important social happenings… Read More

Batterie Plouharnel : the awesome story of the French 340mm naval gun

In the early 20th century, the French equipped their surface fleet with one of the most unique and formidable weapons in naval history : this is the fascinating story of the 340mm/45 Modèle 1912 gun, which saw service in two wars, both on land and at sea, whether in turrets, emplaced, cradled, or on rails.… Read More

The Pantheon of Energy : mythology and symbolism in Chernobyl

“Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.” Cormac McCarthy, The Road There were no other cars but ours on the long, abandoned motorway to Pripyat. The last living souls we’d seen were the last chance saloon keepers and armed guards at the Exclusion Zone Border about 15 miles ago.… Read More

Lethe : of ancient legends that battle with oblivion in Greece

“..And I, stepping from this skin, Of old bandages, boredoms, old faces, Step up to you from the black car of Lethe, Pure as a baby.”  Sylvia Plath, Ariel, November 1962 It’s unthinkable, although not impossible, to knowingly bypass antiquity when it comes to Greece. Whether it’s a quick visit or an extended trip, the… Read More