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Friday, 27 June 2014

Three

"Perhaps the easiest way of making the town’s acquaintance is to ascertain how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die. In our little town (is this, one wonders, an effect of the climate?) all three are done on much the same lines, with the same feverish yet casual air. The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits."

This is the quote from the novel I read as a 16-year-old girl and it made such a powerful impression on me that I started analysing people, including myself, through this 'tricoloured lens'. It's never stopped. Different 'colours' were important at different stages of my life, but the one I've been focused on for the last few years is the first one. 

It might be that the quotation resonates with the values instilled in me by my family, but I find those who persistently try their best most interesting. They are the ones who won't suck up to anyone in authority to gain anyone's favour because they simply don't need it. They are focused and consistent. They know their value (without the need to be flashy) and realise that someone's inability to see it doesn't reduce it. 

I feel so privileged to be able to watch them. And, in this context, it's so wonderful to remember that people don't change; we just get more set in our ways as we age. 



I've been listening to this lately, just in case you were curious. 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Just A Stunning Girl


A few portraits of my niece taken only two days ago. Thank Heaven for this little girl.  























Strangely enough, I've been listening to this lately.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

My Mum

As you can see, she hasn't quit smoking yet (despite having tried countless times). No make-up, no fancy clothes and still looking stunning at 59. Her most important and most precious qualities, though, can't be seen in these photos. 








I'm listening to this now.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

The Picture of My Grandma on BBC

Yesterday, I mentioned that last Sunday I submitted two pictures to BBC. Below is the link to the second one, which has been published today.
The picture won't tell you this, but My Grandma was a lawyer and, for many years, worked as a Deputy Head of The Inland Revenue in the town where I grew up. This picture is about her vulnerability, defencelessness and, strangely enough, about her power.
I love you, Grandma, and I'm immensely proud of you! Kocham Cię, Babciu i jestem z Ciebie niezmiernie dumna!
www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-27695438 (image 3).



Wednesday, 4 June 2014

My Brand New Photo on BBC Wales

I've been busy, so I didn't have the time (or kept forgetting) to submit my pictures for a while (with this tiny exception: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26777198; image 4, but then I never took the time to post the link to it here).  
Luckily, I found a free moment last Sunday and managed to submit two photos. Here is the link to the newly published one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27644391). Number 6 is by me and I think it looks better below (or in my previous post) than on BBC. I just don't fancy their crop and perhaps their black background doesn't go with this pic.
                                                

Listen to this

Monday, 2 June 2014

Brecon Beacons


A few photos taken in Brecon Beacons, mainly of Cwm Llwch, which is nestled just below Pen y Fan.