Tag Archives: BMW

Playing with my Christmas presents…

I’ve been having a great time playing around with some of the Xmas presents. Best of all, this one was free! It’s an app called Snapseed, and I’ve decided I love it.

Young lady

It’s sits on my ipad, and lets me manipulate photos in an amazingly intricate way.

Venice flooding

You just have to play, re-investigate the 000s of photos from over the years. Here’s some from about a decade ago:

Northumberland coast

Mother-in-law's lilies

Bamburgh Castle at dawn

Portraits come to life in weird and wacky ways:

Mrs P

and Ms P

Landscapes become mysterious and slightly age-less:

Pisa, of course

The Dordogne

Menerbes, France

Even cars seem to take on a new personality:

Blackberry photos of BMWs

But maybe my favourite is the abstraction to be given to the nude. Check it out: ‘Snapspeed’. You’ll love it on an ipad.

2011 – a personal review

This blog is one year old, so I thought I would do a quick review of the last 12 months, in 12 pictures. If you want to read the blog page that lies behind the picture, just click on the caption and it will take you there. Magic!

Dec/Jan, Venice in the cold:

Feb: Blackberry photos of BMW dream machines

Mar: Sailing off Mersea Island

Apr: Spring has sprung

May: Bluebell woods

Jun: The Royal Wedding

Jul: Cars!

 Aug: memories of York

Sep: kids gossiping on holiday in Italy



Oct: Italy’s sexy statues



Nov: New York, New York!

Dec: London night scenes

Desire and Lust in Munich!

Well, I hope the title got your attention, but this is a very particular passion, focusing on the pleasure to be had from the motorcar, and in particular, a racing BMW.

BMW is of course based in Munich, where there is a museum. And this museum is a fleshpot mecca for anyone who lusts after the streamlined beauty of the motorcar. It’s a while since I’ve gone weak at the knees, but this is the place where physical beauty overrides the senses… There’s one room with hanging earphones so you can listen to the different sounds of M engines over the years. Awesome.

BMW started right back at the early part of the last century. The logo refers of course to the spinning blades of the propellers in the first BMW airplanes, swiftly followed by motobikes and then cars. Spikey wheels on glorious chrome metal power steeds. A heady mix… And BMW has always been effortlessly stylish. A sign of the times is the 30s, 50s and the noughties…

BMW 5 series, 1954

BMW 335, 1939

Early BMW motorbike

These are the blades from one of the very first jet engines, late in the war, in 1944.

Jet engine, Arada, 1944

But looking at some of the developments for cars of the future, and my breath is taken away. I just love the sleek lines and the aggressive stance of the 2001 Gina. The car skin is soft and pliable, a stretched taught fabric. Even stationary it looks like it’s racing at more than 100 mph.

Oh God, it's just beautiful...

It’s looking into the future, but with a siren call to the present and the past. Beautiful….

The eye of the future

(A note to any photographers visiting the site – all these were taken with a Blackberry, not bad for a poxy little handheld thing..!)