Ziyara

When you’re a frequent traveler, you’ll very quickly find a system of your own that minimises pain and maximises pleasure and comfort.  In my case, much of my travel was for work.  Trips very quickly started to have a pattern: staying at a favourite hotel chain to get upgraded to better rooms and access to lounges…

Learning Your Lines

I have loved calligraphy since my early childhood and often toyed with letters using fountain pens bought by my mother because I ‘needed them for school’.  I never applied any rules to my writing, so it was more doodling than calligraphy, nor did I work on a specific script.  I always ensured my letters and lines…

Julia Margaret Cameron at the V&A

In only eleven years, Julia Margaret Cameron managed to create her own style of photography; capturing beauty in a time when the process was more cumbersome than we can even begin to imagine today.  “I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me…” she wrote.  She received her camera at age 48 as…