The peak of infatuation

Many of my friends are smitten by mountains. Continue reading


An artist’s life: Emil Nolde (1867-1956)

Born in a village close to Denmark’s border with Germany, Emil Hansen began studying wood carving at the age of 17 while at the same time training as a draughtsman. A period of working in furniture factories followed, while he took evening classes in arts and crafts. Continue reading

Two masters of mountain photography: Ansel Adams and Vittorio Sella

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, is currently hosting an exhibition of photos by Ansel Adams. In a perceptive and characteristically trenchant review in the Evening Standard, art critic Brian Sewell lauds Adams but opts for the less well remembered Vittorio Sella, “whose work preceded and exceeded his achievements.” Continue reading