CHINESE GRANDMOTHER

SOUTH QUAY – MODELLING IN A DESERT

I found an email in my Junk Box. It was from a Grace Ng and about a possible job.
I wrote back, hoping she hadn’t given up or found another mature model. I wanted the assignment: a shoot fulfilling her wish to redress her beloved grandmother’s lack of a childhood. This was intriguing – I am a grandmother and my childhood has informed my life.

Tank Fashion Video

Joanna Pietrowska is a sensitive and artistic photographer, especially of people and in situations or places where they are either at quite at home, or slightly uneasy.  There are examples of both here – Balenciaga heels are not easy to wear…  Before I had only seen Joanna’s work in black…

Acting in a Cold Climate

Here is an account of the spaces around a recent shoot; the non-filming side of it. The background was a dystopian world and, this cold, wet, February day, the surrounding blocks seemed soulless and randomly spaced, as if no one thought or cared about how people live. The views when…

Muto: Say Nothing

I had the pleasure of being cast in a music video for Muto’s ‘Say Nothing’. Muto is a Sydney producer whose debut EP is due for release in October. You can find his singles on Soundcloud and Spotify.

GET THEE TO A PUBLICIST

GET THE TO A PUBLICIST I am the child of a past era. When publisher lay in wait for unsuspecting authors at the top of dusty flights of stairs. They lived in attics with sloping ceilings and fed their authors sherry and dry biscuits.  They took them to lunch at…

JAZZ ON A WINTER MORNING

  7.45 am on Sunday morning – grey, raindrops hovering, the steps down into the underground wet and grubby. Broadcasting House at 8.00am.  In the ground floor reception there are three bilious-coloured chairs.  They are shaped like eggs, scooped out and lying on their sides.  You sit down, you lean…

BRALESS IN DIOR

BRA-LESS IN DIOR We were shooting accessories,  so I didn’t bother about my underwear. The studio was big, empty and windowless.  A corner was curtained off by a few meters of thin brown stuff, half concealing a shelf, a chair, a mirror, a hair-stylist, a manicurist and a makeup artist….

GETTING WISDOM FROM TESCO’S

FINDING WISDOM IN TESCO’S Tesco has not been here as long as I have.  First the store was a Co-Op where elderly ladies managed the tills strictly from 9.30 to 5.30. It closed,  they told me, because they could not compete with the corner shops that stayed open till late…

HOLBEIN

I was standing waiting for the lights to change when a woman said to me ‘You look just like a painting by Holbein.’

What have moths to do with feminism?

I’m darning my cardigan. It was second-hand anyway; from Oxfam, but still I darn it. Years ago, in the 60’s there was a seminal article in The Guardian by Katharine Whitehorn. I think it was called ‘How to be a Slut’ and described the marks of such i.e., if the…