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Photography Photo Tours in Iceland | Magical Sky Iceland

Discover a unique opportunity of experiencing nocturnal colours in an emotionally uplifting scenario. Join our Photography Workshops in Iceland and enjoy the envied northern light tour and the charming golden circle. We are offering a wide variety of different tours and package tours / workshops.


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review 2019-03-17 00:31
Secret Corners 2, Newland
Secret Corners 2 - William Newland Welsb... Secret Corners 2 - William Newland Welsby

So I identified 6/100 of these photos of interesting details and views of Bath. Anything from gravestones to streetlights feature and the cityscape has changed most in these details over the last twenty years - some of these pictures are now historical records. Even in 2000 it would have been hard to identify all 100, though. Most are obscure and many are in outlying locations. "Within one mile of the Abbey," implies over three square miles to search.


The charm of the book, though, is not so much in the puzzle as in the focus on detail, which makes these pictures well out of the ordinary in terms of Bath photography - and Newland's eye and camera skills are very good.


Here's a Bath architectural detail photo I took myself:

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review 2019-03-16 21:48
A beautiful gift for lovers of art, crafts, and a unique colouring book
Uzbekistan: An Experience of Cultural Treasures to Colour - Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva

Thanks to Rosie and the whole team at Pen & Sword for providing me a hardback copy of this gorgeous book that I freely chose to review.

This is not one of the usual books I review, but over the last few years I’ve become acquainted with adult colouring books through my mother, who loves them, and when I saw this one I realised this was something a bit different from most of the colouring books I’d seen. First, this is a hardback book, and it is not about a subject like flowers, or animals, or even a film. It is a book that promises “an experience of cultural treasures to colour” from Uzbekistan, and it does deliver. The book contains photographs of places, objects, ornaments, textiles… It is divided into distinct sections:

1) Architecture: with photographs of ancient temples, palaces, and modern mosques and other buildings, with brief explanations of the history and the significance of the building, in one page, and in the opposite page, the drawing to colour (in some cases of the reconstruction of the ancient building).

2) Murals. (Here I loved the winged horses and the beautiful geometrical ceiling decorations).

3) Ganch carvings. Intricate and beautiful, this section includes several pages of designs for free colouring, without corresponding photographs. In case you are not familiar with ganch carvings (I didn’t know the name but recognised it when I saw pictures), you can find more about it here).

4) Mosaics. Here, there are some deceptively simple and some incredibly detailed (like the one featured in the cover of the book). I’m a big fan of mosaics and loved this section.

5) Glazed bowls. If you love pottery, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.

6) The textiles section includes some richly coloured woven carpets, amazing dresses (iroki embroidery) and gowns.

7) Paintings. These are fairly recent and incredibly beautiful as well. Although there are some fairly modern in style, others make one think of the Arabian Nights.

The quality of the print, the paper, the colours, the selection of contents, and the sheer beauty of the book is a joy. It is perhaps such a pretty object that I am not sure that many people will dare to colour it and risk ruining it, but I can see it inspiring many, and also making many people wonder about the country and its history.

If you are looking for an unusual present for somebody who loves colouring book, or simply somebody who might appreciate a beautiful book about the arts, craft, and architecture of Uzbekistan, I’d recommend it.

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text 2019-03-15 15:39
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 96 pages.
Secret Corners 2 - William Newland Welsb... Secret Corners 2 - William Newland Welsby

Half way and so far I've scored 4/50. Some of them don't actually look the same, ~20 years later.

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text 2019-03-14 20:26
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 96 pages.
Secret Corners 2 - William Newland Welsb... Secret Corners 2 - William Newland Welsby

Will I be able to recognise any of these photos of "Secret Corners" of Bath - all within 1 mile radius of the Abbey? We'll see, but luckily for me, I have the answers in the back, unlike the original purchaser.

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