Sense of silence

Nighthawks Edward_Hopper

Nighthawks:  When I first saw the Nighthawks painting a few days ago, I was taken aback by how Edward Hoppe managed to capture a sense of silence. This painting raises so many questions. What are these people doing so late into the night, do they know each other (e.g couples/friends or even strangers) etc. At the first glance, the painting has four people, but in fact, there is a 5th person. The fifth person is the ‘viewer’ (us) observing from outside. It seems the painter has left a door out of the painting. Therefore, creating an illusion of the viewer observing from outside. The painting captures a feeling of loneliness and isolation that matches Hopper’s description of it as “literally an illustration of loneliness.” Edward Hoppe,  American, 1882–1967

Plantonium– Mile End Road, E1 4UN

Plant Hunter. I discovered this plant shop by accident opposite the Genesis cinema, nestled among all the restaurants and off-licenses. It’s so refreshing to see a different type of business on this road.
When we entered the Plantonium, we were greeted by a young lady who was passionate about the plant! She cheerfully answered all our questions.
The Plantonium has a wide selection of potted plants for most inner-city plant hunters and the price was reasonable. I plan to buy a Bonsai tree on my next visit.

The white cat

Schrodinger's cat

Schrodinger’s cat. Came across this cat during my lunchtime walk resting on the wall daydreaming. Trying to elicit a response to capture an image was met with indifference. The cat ignored me and closed its eyes. It was only when I was walking away it took an interest to look back with a disapproving look!

Yesteryear

Before-photo – fading

That’s me. This cropped image is part of a larger family portrait that was taken in Bangladesh. I had not seen this for many years and almost forgotten that it existed, and it only came to light after a family friend sent this from Spain. My memory is a bit blurred when the portrait was taken, except that it was shot on a hot summer’s day in a local bazaar. Sadly, the passage of time and the tropical climate, humidity, had nearly destroyed the picture, but I’m grateful to the friend for sending the photograph that evoked the memory of my childhood.

This is my first attempt at restoring a photograph. The first left image is fading without restoration!

Hottest chillies in the world

Naga plant

Final curtain callAfter tending to the Deshi Naga Morich (chillies) for 10 months. With the onset of autumn, it’s time to say goodbye to this splendid specimen. This type of Naga is indigenous to Southeast Asia, and it has gained popularity amongst the younger  Bdeshi gardeners in London!  Also see gardeners’ world for different varieties of chillies grown in the UK.

Snow

Morning walks. Working from home from a small study can be isolating, but today I enjoyed watching the snow falling while preparing for online meetings.

Monday 8th February 2021 

Ephemeral Beauty

Fog park

Ephemeral Beauty. Today’s photo was sent by the young guest contributor (Jenny) during her early morning lockdown run.  It is remarkable how fog can transform a landscape into something magical!

Support physical store

Working from home. My decade-old office chair finally broke, which was not even comfortable. My decision to purchase the IKEA chair at that time, I suspect, was based on aesthetic and not comfort, a foolish decision in hindsight! Finding an office furniture supplier open during the third lockdown has been a nightmare – since most of them were closed.

Many of the online suppliers were running low on stock or did not have the chair in stock that met my requirements (i.e Inflatable lumbar support).

I was surprised to find http://docklandsfurniture.co.uk/ open. After speaking t the owner of the shop he understood my requirements and sent a few pictures immediately. Despite passing the closing time the owner kept the shop open for me to collect the chair Truly, wonderful old fashion customer service – that the online world lacks!

Victoria Park


Drive-by. Today’s photos  were sent by a guest contributor from London Borough of Tower Hamlet (LBTH). Despite the lockdown, open public space like the Victoria Park remains important to the local residents. LBTH is one of the most densely populated inner city boroughs in London with many high rise buildings with a few private gardens. It’s a vital space for the residents during the lockdown. Let’s hope everyone visiting the park is keeping a safe distance.


Both photos were taken on Sunday 17th January.