Sunday, 13 April 2014


By Alan Horten

Saturday, 12 April 2014


A weekend update...

My week (or so) has involved such things as workshopping poetry (seriously, it's amazing how fired up and excited a group of literary-enthusiasts can become over the implications for meaning of 'the' or 'a' within a particular clause. Arguments and dark-choc-ginger biscuits galore. I seriously love this new group I'm part of!), eating dinner at the delicious 'restaurant, cafe and boating venue', 'The Folly', which I recommend for anyone visiting Oxford, walkies with Lulu, of course, and the usual other exploits... I also had a really nice wander around the Wiltshire village Lacock during a lunch break, when modelling there for a portraiture workshop. I was on the hunt for the small village bakery and came back with a new watch. Typical. (I'm still on the hunt for one to replace the beautiful watch I was given for my 21st birthday but unfortunately lost; this new one is no replacement, really, but a fun (/cheap) stand in. It's magnetic. Handmade. It has silver hearts. It's nicer than it sounds.) I also had a last minute agency job which involved a loooooong costume-fitting for an exciting production I'm going to be involved in, which I'm sure I'll tell you all about in due course.

For the image side of things, here's something by Phil Chaplin (more of his beautiful work here). How cool was this, for a location?! A step up (quite literally) from the usual 'model on train tracks' cliche you see done again and again... Thank you Phil for letting me blog this, in both mono and colour...

(Click to see properly.)

P.S. I'm so in love with Ray Lamontagne (Till the Sun Turns Black is such a beautiful album, e.g. this exquisite auditory business), and love this new, uncharacteristically upbeat summer offering. I know you don't ask for my current musical interests, but I feel compelled to share them with you, occasionally. :-)

Friday, 4 April 2014

; also, weather

...Three images taken at the light-stricken wonderwall of Dagmar Falls in New South Wales, by the lovely Brian Connor.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Closure; unfinished business

By Nigel Barklie.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

White, Yellow, Red & Blue

I meant to show you these a long time ago (well, almost a year ago!), and looking at my schedule (and that of mother nature) it's clear to me that Spring is a-Springing (let's ignore the fact that it hailed today) so I'm either really really late with these or really early.

Either way, I am very much looking forward to the possibility of my some local outdoor shoots in April/May (let me know if you want to make the most of it this year by booking something in in advance!), where all of the below were taken by the lovely Kev Bretts. Sweet and casual was the order of the day.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Pearls, Fleurs & Luminance

Thank you for my birthday wishes yesterday. I seriously couldn't believe how many hundreds of you took the time - it brought me lots of cheer, and you also managed brilliantly to spread it out across 3/4 days (I have no idea what time zones some of you are claiming to live in and some of you are you still going strong, but hey, I'll take what I can get!)! :-) Thank you!!

Also, that last post, '10 Things You Might Not Know About Nude Models' has proved quite a hit - with lots and lots of, er, hits, that, again, has blown my tiny little mind. Wow. Thousands and thousands of views, shares, comments... Not bad for something banged out quickly on a whim. I'm glad it was taken in the spirit intended.

Here are some more images by the excellent Bjorn Hansen. We seem to have got a week's worth of images from one short shoot and I really love the luminence in the first one particularly.

Until the next one! :-)