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I am very excited to announce my London book launch. My Greek Island Home is being published in the UK by Clearview Books. Next Wednesday night, April 30th Nikki Tibbles, Wild at Heart, Domus Nova and Clearview Books will be hosting a launch party at Nikki Tibbles, Wild at Heart. So excited!

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There are always surprises behind the closed village doors. My daily dog walking takes me past many uninhabited and also crumbling houses, they are thought provoking.  Past lives stir my imagination and my curiosity pushes me towards any small opening for a peek. Just a glimpse is enough, but the opportunity to step over the threshold is never turned down. This particular house was a gem it had been left almost untouched. It was a friends mothers house and we were invited to tread the grapes from their annual harvest. They said it was important that we came as they wanted the grapes to be trodden by couples who loved each other. This would add to the quality of the wine. Mmmm……… hope we didn’t let the side down. The grapes were in plastic baby baths in the garden and Matthew and I took off our shoes, washed our feet and started treading. I was taking photos at the same time so relied on Matthew to hold me upright. The sensation of treading grapes is a rather wonderful one. I loved the feeling of the soft skins between my toes and the feeling of determination I  took on to squish every single grape to liquid. I took my camera around the house and loved the way it had remained after the death of my friends mother. The only real difference were the bottles of wine being stored  from previous years. The house was now a cellar.

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Patterns of lace panels hang in front of windows and old tin trays sit on top of fabric runners. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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Tin trays rest against the wall, it seems they have not been moved for years and years. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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The old newspaper gives us a sense of time. I love the two patterns chosen to sit side by side each other on this wall. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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A fabulous wooden panelled ceiling and a random piece of lace hang from a nail. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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This is my kind of lighting, I love the single clear bulb hanging from the twisted cord. I particularly love the connection between the cord and the bulb and the cord and the ceiling fitting. Grapes trodden by previous lovers lay waiting to be drunk. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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Chairs stacked up until next time. An embroidered hand made purse hangs open, when it was last used. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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Rotting shutters let in diffused afternoon light. I covert a curtain hook which is attached to the wooden window surrounds. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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A sad, single fallen curtain and some newer hats on the hat rack, reminding us that people still pass by. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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Patterns of slowly disintegrating fabric and paper. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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Electricity was not essential in this household. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

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You can feel the bannister in your hand and the photos give you faces to the story you have built up in your mind. copyright CLAIRE LLOYD 

 

I’m loving the summer on My Greek Island Home and the shadows created by the abundance of harsh sunlight. There are patterns everywhere, transforming static surfaces into moving images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The all white girl has had to succumb to colour, but how could she possibly resist? On my last trip to Turkey I found myself drawn to colour and texture, it was very exciting. My latest book My Greek Island Home was the start of my new love for colour. I hope you enjoy my documentation of the colours and textures of Turkey as much as I enjoyed photographing them.

 

 

 

 

 

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TURKEY16 I love getting on the boat in Mytilene and crossing the Aegean sea to Ayvalik. I went again yesterday it was another day trip and again not long enough. Next time I am staying overnight, there is just so much to enjoy there and I always come back inspired.

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Walking around the village I am struck how the colours of nature are reflected in the fabric of our homes. My Greek Island Home http://www.penguin.com.au/lantern/authors/claire-lloyd

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My good friend, photographer John Mason, www.johnmasonphoto.com  has just been to Cuba and this is one of the images he sent me this morning. I want to go NOW! I love the dappled light and the colours are so intense. John was one of the first photographers I used when I moved to London, many years ago. I had admired his brilliant work featured in ‘The World of Interiors’ magazine, from afar, when I worked on Australian Vogue. He was always fun to work with because he never took things to seriously. Sometimes that drove me mad because he specialised in tormenting me too. I remember our first trip, we were shooting a car for Vauxhall and the number plates were sent separately. When I started attaching the number plates I noticed one was white and one was yellow. I was so freaked out that they had sent odd plates I could hardly breath with stress and told John. John strung me along to a point where I almost had to be slapped I was so hysterical. Then he told me to look at all the cars around me and yes, they all had one yellow and one white plate. I was so green, and taking my job so seriously, he thought it the funniest thing. I didn’t speak to him for the rest of the day. John is threatening to sail to Lesvos on his boat, has been for years, I’m not holding my breath. Thanks John for this beautiful image and for some great laughs on some great jobs.

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Book Cover:  My Greek Island Home

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