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Moonshine

Moonshine

  The location for this picture is a nymphaeum, the so called Diana's Bath in a cliff beneath the Pope's summer palace at Castel Gandolfo on the shores of Lake Albano near Rome. The ravages of time and the depredations of robbers as well as legitimate excavators have left it a dripping,...

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Flying Down to Rio

Flying Down to Rio

  Vargas or 'Varga' was the most famous pin-up artist of all time. I came across him in the 60s when I found piles of Esquire magazines in my uncle's library dating back to the war years. The Varga gatefold was to my teenage eyes the only memorable part of the magazine. Esquire magazine...

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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

  A remarkable feature of Italy is the amount of  history simply abandoned to nature. A walk in the woods can lead to a ruined church with peeling frescoes, even entire towns abandoned and overgrown or as here a Renaissance sculpture park outside Pitigliano constructed by the once powerful...

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Spirals

Spirals

  Though the name is  This Autumn Evening,  how I got there is something of a spiral. I was intrigued by the idea of a spiral suggested by the form of the belvedere. This is the original shot. In fact the working title was Vortex. This took me to Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists...

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Herm

Herm

  In the ancient world, given that fertility was of fundamental importance, sex and religion were entwined. Bacchanalian rites were famous for their eroticism. A Roman home would often have the figure of Priapus holding his oversized phallus prominently displayed by the entrance and the...

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