Reflections On Art


I don’t normally plan ahead for my blog posts, preferring to take what comes in the day. I did, however, wake up in the night with an idea which I put into practice today.

Jackie drove me to New Milton for the Waterloo train for me to have lunch with Norman, and collected me from Brockenhurst afterwards.

On my now familiar walk from the London Station, I passed Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings) Ltd London Art Gallery on the corner of Cornwall Road and The Cut. Behind well guarded windows, paintings and ceramics are on display. I have often noticed that, criss crossed by its protective metal grill, the glass reflects the world going by, and in my sleepy state I had dreamed up the idea of a project. It was a dull day, but I thought I’d have a go.

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 As can be seen by those capable of reading mirror writing, this first photograph was taken from Cornwall Road. There were no big red buses in the shop.

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Around the corner, in The Cut, a woman carrying an orange bag approached me. Suddenly, abruptly, she paused, and turned towards the window;

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stopped to study a painting for a while;

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then walked on.

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These reflections give an indication of what is currently being performed at The Old Vic opposite;

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and offer the opportunity for a double take.

Norman and I enjoyed a meal at Tas restaurant in The Cut. My choice was a fish casserole and mushroom rice followed by baklava. We shared a bottle of the excellent house red wine, and finished with coffee, mine being Turkish without the sugar. We then walked back to Waterloo together.Llewellyn Alexander reflection 11

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I stopped again at Llewellyn Alexander’s because the light was now so much better. Norman walked on and I caught him up, after I had taken a few more shots;

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including one showing him using his stick.


  1. Very cool way to use light and reflection. My favorite is the one of the lady looking into the window. ~ Joanne

  2. Like Joanne, I like the one with the woman looking in the window. Very cool, Derrick…that’s kind of how my vision gets when I have a migraine headache. 🙂

  3. There are several photos that are captivating – where I couldn’t tell immediately what was behind the glass and what was within the glass, so to speak. The first Old Vic might be my favourite …..

  4. Zooming in on the last pic results in a really nice cropped image: just Norman, his silhouette filled with the geometry of the reflection. It would make an interesting and poignant painting…

  5. I’m a big fan of window reflections (and puddle reflections also) – they can make for interesting photo compositions.

    And your captures are just as interesting (especially the 2nd and 3rd shots).

    If you have the opportunity, try some at night when the shop window lights reflect on the side of a passerby or someone standing in front of the shop. The dark frame behind/beside them adds another element to the composition.

  6. Great photos Derrick – excellent idea! Art reflecting life moments all as art! Brilliant! As said above, so many layers and so much to see when zooming in. Thanks!

  7. Excellent idea AND photos – Especially good for the zooming in trick. I love those ideas that just pop up – I think the difference between creative people and “not creative” is that some people learn to take those ideas and use them.

  8. I am very late in catching up with this post. I did a search for blogs about art and this was one that came up. I love the window shots particularly the one with the woman with the orange bag.

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