the book that i photographed with swami and sarah has come out- mudras for modern life – i didn’t realise how stiff my hands and fingers were until i tried to do each pose. did you know that these simple hand exercises not only stretch the fingers and joints, but activates and stimulates other parts of your body? its also simple to do these exercises at your desk, especially if you have been on the computer for long periods of time.
the photographs that i took for yogi ashokananda about relaxation have come out – the power of relaxation is a practical guide to a happier, healthier life through body centred meditation. i was utterly amazed at the positions yogi ashokananda could comfortably sit into; it was great to watch as he helped our model Tess get into peaceful poses – his words and instructions were wise, interesting and curious.
love the new book shop cafes that are springing up in london, there is a newish one on all saints road, book and kitchen that hosts lots of events – makes buying a book far more interesting. downstairs there’s a cafe where you can eat lunch or have cake and coffee.
loved these calligraphy books in tokyo
earlier in the year i photographed all these lovely crochet projects by susan pinner for this new book that has just come out. its one of those crafty things that you could carry in your bag on long journeys and do sections – now i need a few lessons on how to actually crochet! you can always follow her blog and learn a few tips too.
just finished reading this memoir by viv albertine – formerly guitarist of the punk rock band slits – it traces her life back from teenage all the way through to middle age. its a brutally honest recollection of life from her first boyfriend through to marriage, motherhood and change of career – describing in full frankness the pain, the joy and the mundane. i have to admit at first i thought that i wasnt interested in her life – some descriptions a bit explicit and raw, but its addictive reading and i ended up admiring her honesty; the words are very simply written which makes for an easy read and lots of her thoughts, emotions and ramblings are exactly what you wish you could admit or utter, but are too embarrassed to.
i love book shops – especially small independent ones. i have noticed recently that there are more and more individual bookshops opening, especially specialising in photography and art and special editioned books. some books are becoming like art – collectors pieces. dashwood books in new york has a beautiful and unique books, you could spend hours in there.
broadway market with its wonderful food stalls and interesting shops has 3 great book shops too, artwords books , broadway bookshop and donion books – both have an eclectic choice of books and a good selection of art based magazines.
i particularly loved the book sellers in plaza de arm as in havana, mostly selling books about che guevara.
just finished reading the wonderful memoir by Alan Johnson, This Boy. its a nostalgic insight to 50’s and 60’s London and tells a story of a poverty that we hope to have eradicated. and although i am slightly younger than Alan, it brought back a lot of similar memories of my life in Manchester – also coming from a single working mother with brothers, being alone all day, young children in those days were a familiar sight on the streets alone and nobody batted an eyelid.