March 20, 2023

20March 2023

New photos on the drying table

new photos from the 27 February session

Image with 20March 2023 blog Thom Puckey

Jan. 31, 2023


A detail of a much larger photo

This is a detail of a much larger photograph. The lighting is a double event, like the taking of the photo with a Mamiya RZ67 is an event in itself. The whole production is a chain of events. Viewing a photo is an event in itself.

Image with Detail blog Thom Puckey

Jan. 31, 2023

Poetry of Force

A sculpture in development.

The preliminary version in clay of a new sculpture in development. Provisional title: The Poetry of Force - or - The Alchemy of Force.

Image with Poetry of Force blog Thom Puckey

Oct. 22, 2022

Sailing to Byzantium

Sailing to Byzantium

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees,
—Those dying generations—at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.
O sages standing in God's holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.
Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.
Image with Sailing to Byzantium blog Thom Puckey

Oct. 22, 2022


By William Butler Yeats


The unpurged images of day recede;
The Emperor's drunken soldiery are abed;
Night resonance recedes, night-walkers' song
After great cathedral gong;
A starlit or a moonlit dome disdains
All that man is,
All mere complexities,
The fury and the mire of human veins.
Before me floats an image, man or shade,
Shade more than man, more image than a shade;
For Hades' bobbin bound in mummy-cloth
May unwind the winding path;
A mouth that has no moisture and no breath
Breathless mouths may summon;
I hail the superhuman;
I call it death-in-life and life-in-death.
Miracle, bird or golden handiwork,
More miracle than bird or handiwork,
Planted on the starlit golden bough,
Can like the cocks of Hades crow,
Or, by the moon embittered, scorn aloud
In glory of changeless metal
Common bird or petal
And all complexities of mire or blood.
At midnight on the Emperor's pavement flit
Flames that no faggot feeds, nor steel has lit,
Nor storm disturbs, flames begotten of flame,
Where blood-begotten spirits come
And all complexities of fury leave,
Dying into a dance,
An agony of trance,
An agony of flame that cannot singe a sleeve.
Astraddle on the dolphin's mire and blood,
Spirit after spirit! The smithies break the flood,
The golden smithies of the Emperor!
Marbles of the dancing floor
Break bitter furies of complexity,
Those images that yet
Fresh images beget,
That dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea.
Image with Byzantium blog Thom Puckey

Sept. 23, 2022

Mae Clarke in Frankenstein, 1931

Sept. 19, 2022

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon
Three Studies for a Crucifixion, 1962
Oil on canvas, three panels
198.1 x 144.8 cm, each panel
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 64.1700
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved

I saw this painting as a photo in a magazine, around 1965/

Image with Francis Bacon blog Thom Puckey

Sept. 12, 2022

Hans Baldung Grien and me

Encounters with supernatural figures

Hans Baldung Grien: Death and the Maiden. 1517

Image with Hans Baldung Grien and me blog Thom Puckey

Sept. 4, 2022

Giovanni Bellini's Holy Allegory

Aug. 20, 2022

Julie van der Vaart

Aug. 18, 2022

New sculpture in development

A new sculpture in development in my studio.

My photographic activities have temporarily had to make way for this new work in development.

Image with New sculpture in development blog Thom Puckey

Aug. 12, 2022

2006 <> 2016

2 works

Bringing 2 works together

Image with 2006 <> 2016 blog Thom Puckey

Aug. 5, 2022

Reindeer Werk with Jean Sellem

September 1975

Photo by Angela Spanswick. Reindeer Werk, Thom Puckey and Dirk Larsen, with gallery holder Jean Sellem in the middle. Galerie St. Petri, Lund, Sweden. September 1975.

Image with Reindeer Werk with Jean Sellem blog Thom Puckey

Aug. 1, 2022

Paul Nougé

The Subversion of Images

1929-30. Taken with a simple box-camera.

Image with Paul Nougé blog Thom Puckey

July 30, 2022

Study in curves

July 28, 2022

Paul Nougé

From: Subversion des Images

First edited and published by Marcel Marien in 1968 in a limited edition of 230 copies, half a year after Paul Nougé’s death, The Subversion of Images is a miniature classic in both the photobook and surrealist canons. It collects Nougé’s notes and photographs from 1929–30 to form a guidebook to the surrealist image. Nougé here outlines his conception of the object and the surrealist approach to it, while also offering an accompaniment to the visual work of his colleague, René Magritte, whose paintings he sometimes titled. How might a tangle of string elicit terror? How might the suppression of an object move one to sentimentality? What is the effect of a pair of gloves on a loaf of sliced bread?

Image with Paul Nougé blog Thom Puckey

July 27, 2022

Robert Capa

Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936

Capa's famous photo. Ref - my sculpture

Image with Robert Capa blog Thom Puckey

July 27, 2022

Herbert James Draper

The Lament for Icarus, Herbert James Draper.

The Lament for Icarus - Herbert James Draper. 1898. Oil on canvas. 180 cm × 150 cm. Tate Britain, London.

Image with Herbert James Draper blog Thom Puckey

July 26, 2022

Georges Seurat

Landscape, ca. 1881

Georges Seurat
French, 1859–1891
Landscape, ca. 1881
Black Conté crayon
The Art Institute of Chicago

Image with Georges Seurat blog Thom Puckey

July 26, 2022

Alix Cléo Roubaud

Alix Cléo Roubaud

Alix Cléo Roubaud
(1952, Mexico - 1983, France)


1980 - 1982


Collection: Centre Pompidou

Image with Alix Cléo Roubaud blog Thom Puckey

July 26, 2022

La Grande Odalisque

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Grande Odalisque, also known as Une Odalisque or La Grande Odalisque: by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Image with La Grande Odalisque blog Thom Puckey

July 26, 2022

The Poem that Took the Place of a Mountain

By Wallace Stevens 1954

There it was, word for word,
The poem that took the place of a mountain.
He breathed its oxygen,
Even when the book lay turned in the dust of his table.
It reminded him how he had needed
A place to go to in his own direction,
How he had recomposed the pines,
Shifted the rocks and picked his way among clouds,
For the outlook that would be right,
Where he would be complete in an unexplained completion:
The exact rock where his inexactnesses
Would discover, at last, the view toward which they had edged,
Where he could lie and, gazing down at the sea,
Recognize his unique and solitary home.

July 26, 2022


Andrzej Żuławski

Possession - the 1981 psychological horror/drama film directed by Andrzej Żuławski

Image with Possession blog Thom Puckey

July 24, 2022

Piero della Francesco


Visit 19 July 2022

Image with Piero della Francesco blog Thom Puckey

July 23, 2022

Bruges La Morte

Intro to blog

Fernand Khnopff's frontespiece for Georges Rodenbach's novel, Bruges La Morte, 1892

Image with Bruges La Morte blog Thom Puckey

July 23, 2022

Eugène Atget

July 16, 2022

L'Arrêt de Mort. Maurice Blanchot

the book of books

Image with L'Arrêt de Mort. Maurice Blanchot blog Thom Puckey