Amazonas

Mads Nissen is a Danish documentary photographer who has won many prestigious prizes like World Press Photo of the Year amongst others. Of his work, perhaps my favorite series are those captured in the book Amazonas published in 2013.

Low Life, High Roller.

Having spent a few years of my life living in Hong Kong and having taken the hydrofoil to the gambling kingdom of Macau on a couple of occasions the book ‘The Ballad of a small time player’ has particular resonance for me. Thankfully I never had a gambling addiction like the one suffered by Lord …

Going Solo

Nils Frahm is a modern classical composer who seems to be everywhere I look. At least two complications I have brought recently have featured this piano player’s delicate and haunting compositions, as well as a soundtrack to the film ‘Victoria’ and an album released early this year as a free download called ‘Solo’. ‘Solo’ is …

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty

As I get older I get harder to please particularly when it comes to literary fiction. So it was pleasant surprise to come across Vendela Vida’s funny and touching ‘The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty’ Set in modern day Morocco it involves the hapless adventures of a mixed-up young woman who meets disaster after disaster by …

Ex-Machina

It’s been a while since I was truly excited and hooked by a film. Ex-Machina ended that for me. Even though I only watched it on a tiny screen on the back of a plane seat its obvious quality shone through. Devised and directed by Alex Garland the writer of the novel ‘The Beach’ and …

Talk to the Sea

Italian composer Gigi Masin has been sampled by Bjork but still remains something of an unknown figure in most musical circles. His new album ‘Talk to the Sea’ probably won’t change that but it should. It’s a beautiful collection of ambient pieces that you can drift away to.

Looking for Eden

Back in the day I was something of a club kid. A job in the London music industry combined with easy access to guest lists and drugs made it a no-brainer (though having no brain was a serious option if you ingested the amount of ecstasy that was available to you) I have mixed feelings …