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London weather is not at its most delightful in January. There are cold, wet and grey days, incessant rain and darkness before the afternoon has ended. And so I am still dreaming of Spain: the aquamarine skies, the towering palm trees, the waves crashing up on the beach and most importantly, sun. I’m a big fan of Winter, having grown up near Buffalo, New York, but only when the cold and dark days bring with them the magic that is snow. And so, in my mind, I’m still here:
Photo: Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera, Canary Islands
And, a few interesting links I’ve stumbled upon this week:
- What’s it like to be a subway driver in NYC? Photographer Janus van den Eijnden explores, with a series of near identical images. Same places, different faces.
- I love a peek into someone else’s house, like Mike and Molly’s colourful place in Brooklyn featured on Apartment Therapy (one of those addictive blogs, beware).
- 5 recipes to try: Cider Roasted Chicken with Prosciutto, Apple & Potato; Hawaiian Coffee and Sugar Coated Almonds; Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake; Apple Yogurt Cake; and for a real treat – Dungeness Crab Steamed in Champagne and Butter. Also, some brilliant food photography.
- The Telegraph shared some photos from The World Atlas of Street Art.
- What a cool idea – 3 grown up siblings recreate childhood photos as a gift for their parents – down to similar clothes and everything.
- 5 places I’d spend a night or two: Ace Hotel in London’s Shoreditch; The Hoxton also in London’s Shoreditch; Library Hotel in New York City; La Résidence d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia; this airbnb property near Athens, Greece; and maybe not to stay in anytime soon, but here’s one of the most colourful I’ve seen – the Buqsan Hotel in Yemen.
- What a fun photo series of an 8-year-old Japanese grandmother and her crazy eyed stray cat taken by her photographer grand-daughter Miyoko Ihara.
- I could definitely be lounging in front of a fireplace right now, couldn’t you? Here’s a blog post dedicated to them with lots of photos to make you jealous if you don’t have one!
- Heartbreaking photos of Afghanistan’s child hunger crisis and a related article.
- Lastly, a film I’d love to see about the late photographer Saul Leiter who died in November days before his 90th birthday. It’s called “In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter.”
My favourite quote? “Many of the things people treat very seriously, you realise that they don’t deserve to be treated that seriously. Many of the things people worry about are not worth worrying about. If I didn’t do more than my little book, wouldn’t that be enough?”
Enjoy your weekend.