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Style Power to the Pedal

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The humble bicycle is once again having its day – pushing back against the motor car in urban environments. Not only environmentally friendly and cost efficient cycling is also becoming stylish and cool in all sorts of ways. At last week’s opening of the Bill Cunningham exhibition at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in NY, a new phenomenon appeared in the evolution of cool partying – the bicyle valet. The super stylish guests were free wheeling up to the red carpet hopping off their bikes and walking straight in to the show – the valets just handed them a ticket and the bikes were kept right next to the entrance – instantly ready when the guests were ready to leave.

Here’s a snapshot of one of the bike valets, taken by my son on his phone.


Its instantly obvious, in very bicycle centric cities, like Amsterdam and Munich, that cycling is treated by many as a fashion show cat-walk on two wheels.

Nothing new about that. Here’s the famous Ramón Casas painting depicting himself and Pere Romeu on a tandem bicycle. The picture was a centerpiece in the “Four Cats” restaurant where the twenty year old Picasso mingled with the Barcelona art establishment.

To the right is a shot I did for a car rental company calendar in the 70s – each ‘month’ depicted a different mode of transport.


Here’s another image from the same calendar.


Below is an impromtu cylcle image, a snatched snap, from a calendar assignment in Normandy.


The following cycle images are from Cowboy Kate.



Here are the individual elements of the spread.



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Wimbledon Tennis

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

The craziness of the All England Lawn Tennis Association running an international sporting event in the confines of a London suburb, has started.

You can read all about it here.

Here's to looking at the spectators...

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Energy Crisis

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

The London Independent - famous for using information design to help tell a story has a striking front cover today dealing with the global energy crisis.

This is not like the oil shock of the early seventies - the supply and demand dynamics have altered fundamentally. Experts agree that peak oil is unfolding. The flip side of the bad news is that the pursuit of alternative energy, a systematic diversification away from oil, will not be tampered with by greedy oil companies and nuclear lobbyists. This time the world will get serious about conservation and sustainability.

For those of us who remember the romantic days of global journeys from A-to-B by sea and rail there will probably be a wonderful new high tech version of the past in the future of long distance travel. Certainly with airlines now citing fuel as a third of their costs - the days of low cost long distance journeys powered by jet engines may be drawing to a close.

Here are some fun shots from a calendar I shot for British Airways cargo in the 70s. The calendar and the story of the shoot were featured as a double page spread in the Evening Standard. At the bottom of the list the two images compromising the spread are shown individually and the very last image is a close up of the T-shirts we had printed for the shoot. In today's politically correct climate the ad agency's concept would never have seen the light of day. But the seventies was a decade full of fun when the humour of visual thinking and advertising wasn't as closely policed as it is today.

British Airways Cargo 01

British Airways Cargo 01B

British Airways \'Cargo\' on Pallet

British Airways Cargo - Man Handled

British Airways Spread A

British Airways Spread B

British Airways Cargo T-shirts

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Culture Rules!

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

The following comment was sent to the Dr Fish Blog on the New York Times web site in response to a piece about defending the teaching of humanities at American universities.

The humanities, like all learning, educate the imagination. What is it like to be the “other?” How can this poem, this painting, these replicating stem cells, this sonata, help me see, hear, and understand reality in a deeper, more vibrant way? How have other humans, at other times, in other circumstances, felt, believed, experienced? And of course, this isn’t “useful.” It may be, in the grand scheme of the universe, that neither human beings nor the study of what they think, feel, sing, or do is of the slightest importance. But I think it is to humans. The humanities keep us in touch with reality, increasingly important in affluent countries where the virtual “reality” of technology has broken the link we human animals have with both the mud–and the stars.

— Posted by Wanda



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