24th July 2020 Masquerade! Seething shadows breathing lies 123 in the UK

POST LOCKDOWN Masquerade! Seething shadows breathing lies  Day 123

AND do you recognize this?

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE I WILL STAY AT HOME, KEEP THE 2m RULE AND WEAR A FACE MASK

Staying at home! – STILL Protecting the NHS – STILL saving lives

I AM STILL Keeping safe

Today while thinking about what to write it struck me the anonymity a mask
can give the wearer. A jewellers on the news this morning was concerned
that everyone coming into the shop could be a villain!

It also reminded me of one of the few musicals we enjoy listening to
and watching, Phantom of the Opera, hence the title to the blog. The
sinister Phantom is almost as twisted as Mr Johnson and his gangsters.

Venice also has a long history of mask wearing and we brought one back
as a gift for our son who loves fancy dress when last we were there. It
would be perhaps nice to visit during Carnival, a photographers
paradise I am told!

Take your turn, take a ride
On the merry-go-round in an inhuman race Eye of gold, true is false Who is who? Curl of lip, swirl of gown Ace of hearts, face of clown, faces Drink it in, drink it up till you've drowned In the light, in the sound but who can name the face? Masquerade! Grinning yellows, spinning reds Masquerade! Take your fill, let the spectacle astound you Masquerade! Burning glances, turning heads Masquerade! Stop and stare at the sea of smiles around you Masquerade! Seething shadows breathing lies Masquerade! You can fool any friend who ever knew you Masquerade! Leering satyrs, peering eyes Masquerade! Run and hide, but a face will still pursue you

Words from the Masquerade song and dance
Phantom of the Opera
Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Other matters today:

  1. The Foundations of Yoga‘. ‘Camel Pose’. No one got the hump!
  2. Shopping today, love food. Wore my mask as needed but a few were not and there is always one who wants to get to the tomatoes before you do like they are going o run out any second and deadly disease or no deadly disease they must have them first.
  3. Here is another engagement shoot I did almost exactly a year ago to the day. This time in Chester at St John’s Church and Grosvenor Park.
    St. John the Baptist ruin in Chester is where I first photographed this lovely couple almost exactly a year ago. Little did we know then!
    Engaged couple on Chester engagement shoot. Beautiful stone arch, lovely couple.
    No heavy posing, just relaxed and how they hold each other whenever they are visiting a medieval ruin.
    Beautiful flint path beneath a yew tree arch. Many churchyards have ancient yew trees, some perhaps older than the church and belonging to a more pagan religion practiced in that place.
    Found a lovely spot in Grosvenor Park for some more pictures. I like to get this shot with eye contact between me and one of the couple and the other paying them complete attention.
    It is always a privilege to get to know a couple and to be allowed to get close to them.
  4. Write this blog.

Spent all day with lovely Oona, went shopping but not to the same shops!

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