Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Truly Angelic

Angels are beyond gender, being neither male nor female but traditionally a bit of both. Just like Andrej Pejic, a 19-year-old male model who is famous for his girly good looks.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Guardian Angel

Recent research has shown that around a third of all Brits believe in guardian angels. That must be a comforting thought, although the sightless angel in the illustration above looks as likely to accidently shove its tiny charges off the bridge as to save them from impending doom.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Pervy Angel

A monument to a little girl who died in the early 20th century. No doubt her parents were comforted by the thought that she was being borne heavenwards by an angelic being, but in these cynical times it looks more like she's drugged and has fallen into the clutches of a paedophile with wings.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Hampstead

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Not Happy, Not Funny

Still wearing his face paint in this mug shot, clown Pedro Artega Velazquez was arrested while performing on a Mexican street for allegedly sexually assaulting his step-daughter.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Love is Blind

The weather here in Amsterdam is unsettled. It's sunny, it snows, it sleets and it rains. Although left temporarily unable to see, my jolly Buddha on the balcony has acquired a nifty hairdo and a fluffy, white stole.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 11 December 2010


Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen maintains a Zen-like calm despite being merciously primped for the runway at Yves Saint Laurent.

Photo via Freja Beha

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Even in the chilly light of day, the hottest club in town invites you to get in touch with your dark side. Very sexy!
Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Jimmy Woo's, Amsterdam

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Bookish Bags

Feel like you're being treated like a bimbo? Get a book! And preferably something weighty but pretty like an elegant edition of Proust that - hey presto! - can pulled from your bag like the proverbial rabbit out of a top hat.

Going one step further, designer Olympia Le-Tan combines style with substance in her bookish bags that provide plenty of space for all your non-literary essentials: keys, iPhone, credit cards and lippy.

Photo: Olympia Le-Tan

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Carved in Stone...

... and written in the elegant but extinct language of Palmyrene.

So what does it say?

Probably something along the lines of "our king's dick is bigger than your king's". Because some things in history never change.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Syria

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Miss Moody

Last year at the Temple of Bel in Syria, I was fascinated by the teenager on the right. I loved her defiance.

So why is she so pissed off?

Is it:

- Because she doesn't like being photographed?

- Because she hates traipsing around after her mother (the lady in black in the foreground) and would rather be gossiping with her mates?

- A definite case of PMS?

- All of the above?

- None of the above. If so, please elaborate.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial: Click to enlarge and get the full glower

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Screaming for Culture

This message on the window of an Amsterdam gallery announces that "due to the cuts and increased value added tax (...) on culture, we will be at the Leidseplein from 3.30 p.m. onwards". There, they and many others kicked up quite a stink, literally screaming about the importance of culture in these times of economic gloom.

A total of 100,000 people screamed for culture throughout the Netherlands which, in such a small country, is not at all bad.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 20 November 2010


I love reflections. They're like hallucinations in every window. What's real, what's not.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Paris

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Inside and outside, two worlds meet in this image. The spot-lit Empress with her golden turban melts into the twilight shadows of Amsterdam.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial. Click to enlarge

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Fierce Glamour

With her tattooed fingers and gold-plated, diamond-studded teeth, Michèle Lamy consumes jewelery by the handful in this month's French Vogue.

Stories currently circulating about her that she's:

- 1,600 years old
- an arms dealer
- a witch
- a vampire
- the mother of a daughter called Scarlett Rouge
- the wife and muse of fashion designer Rick Owen
- all of the above

So what do you think?

Photo: Steven Klein

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Divine Decadence

Singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg as snapped by photographer William Klein for the cover of the album "Love on the Beat". Love the fingernail... very sexy in a perverse kind of way...

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Where the Streets Are Paved With Gold...

Amsterdam in a glorious autumn of fluttering leaves, intoxicating colours and leaden skies.

It makes you high. It makes you stop thinking.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial
Click the photo for the full hit

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Lanvin for H&M

This is the first photo of the Lanvin collection for H&M. Personally I'm fascinated by the inclusion of the woman second on the left. Very cool.

Photo: David Sims

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Martha Doesn't Live Here Anymore

It's now more than two months since Martha left us forever. Her belongings have been divided and scattered, leaving an empty flat that used to be her world. All that remains is the door bell with her name - the bottom one - and the desire to press it and discover that it's just been a bad dream. That she's still up there on the top floor, alive, well and as magical as ever.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Hand Reading

You can tell a lot about a person from their hands, an example being
the bejeweled fingers of this stylish elderly gentleman.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Gentle Art of Getting Lost

Steeped in history, this merchant's house in Cairo is a maze of staircases, passageways and half-forgotten lives. But if the myriad ghosts are a bit too much for you, fear not: the turquoise dots above each archway will protect you against the Evil Eye.
Photo: Profoundly Superficial, the Gayer-Anderson Museum

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The End of the Affair?

The flowers have been consigned to the trash, and the rest - as they say - is history.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Veruschka at 71

1960s model Veruschka as snapped at a recent event.

So what do we think of her style?

Wild and edgy?

Or age-inappropriate and just plain weird?

Let me know.

Photo: Flynet Pictures

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Frozen Bra Men

Distinctly fruity, they were discovered lurking in the deep freeze department of my local supermarket in Amsterdam.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Mini Me and Mini You

I spotted these adorable mini thems in the window of fashion designer Sophie Hong's boutique in Palais Royale, Paris. And yes, she does look just like her doll!

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Erkan Çoruh

A creation from Turkish fashion designer Erkan Çoruh's Women of Allah collection. Very stylish, very thought provoking.
All images © Erkan Çoruh

Saturday, 18 September 2010


The defaced poster of a female candidate participating Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary elections.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Détective Duluc, Part Two

Is that the sound of Détective Duluc's 1955 Citroën DS drawing up outside? Can he save the female photographer from the dastardly intruder?
Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Paris

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Profoundly Superficial; the Website

This anxious-looking pharaonic MC has an important announcement to make: the Profoundly Superficial website is now up and running. Designed and built by my super-talented friends Jane and Al Steger-Lewis, it can be reached at

Please drop by! You'll be most welcome.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 4 September 2010

In the Shadow of the Louvre

A rainy day at a detective agency opposite the Louvre in Paris. I imagine Monsieur Duluc heading towards the museum where a body has been found beneath the all-knowing eyes of the Mona Lisa...

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Want One?

Barneys of New York commissioned the Brooklyn-based artist Andrew Yang to make these slightly scary replicas of fashions mavens Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington.

As of August 31, the dolls will be auctioned off on with the proceeds benefiting The New York City Aids Fund.

Photo: Joshua David McKenney

Saturday, 28 August 2010


I've been looking at my photographs and imagining them as paperback covers. This steamy novel would be called "Heaven Is on the Third Floor".

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial, Paris

Wednesday, 25 August 2010


A pair of angel wings on a beach in Ireland.

All celestial beings missing a body part should apply within.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

It's a Jungle Out There

Spotted in a living room window in a smart part of Amsterdam.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial. Click to enlarge

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Secret Doors

Every house has its dumping ground, that unlovely room full of cast-offs that "will come in useful some day".

By way of diversion tactics, Couture Deco has come up these trompe-l'oeil fabric posters that can be trimmed to fit every door. While they offer a glimpse into another, magical world, unfortunately they can do nothing about the messy death trap in the room behind.

Photos: Masons News Service

Wednesday, 11 August 2010


Following last Saturday's entry, "The Saddest Sight in the World", feline correspondant Isidoor commented that I should go back and take the bear home.

I'd originally left him where he was because I thought that his small owner's mum was bound to come looking for him.

Three days later, I figured that if he was there, he'd definitely been dumped. And there he was, still sitting in the rain...

Pictured here with a friendly local Buddha, he's actually quite an elderly gentleman, in fact something of an antique. And because of what he's been through, I've called him Jude after the Patron Saint of Lost Causes.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 7 August 2010

The Saddest Sight in the World

... is a lost teddy bear.

I do hope he's found soon.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Grey Revolution?

43-year-old supermodel Karen McMenamy recently caused quite a stir by not only letting her hair go grey but also wearing it long.

So what do you think of it?

Is she beautiful? Or just plain scary?

Please let me know.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Beyond Reach

Caught in the reflections between here and there...
Photo: Profoundly Superficial. Click to enlarge

Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Men and women, West and East: it's all about stylish scarves, hats, bags, gloves and sunglasses. But following the example of the ladies in the bottom photo could cost you dear if Dutch politician Geert Wilders gets his way. Because he plans to introduce a special tax on headscarves.

Whatever next? A ban on wearings Uggs? No, Mr. Wilders and his growing band of followers are not interested in the sartorially challenged, it's the Muslims that they're after.

Photos: ©Profoundly Superficial. Top photo: Amsterdam; bottom photo: Damascus.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

The Most Beautiful Lips...

... belonged to Queen Tiye, the great matriarch of the Amarna Dynasty of Ancient Egypt.

Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Saturday, 17 July 2010

It's What You Don't See That Matters

It was from this hotel window in Amsterdam that jazz legend Chet Baker either jumped, fell or was pushed to his death. So when I'm in the area, I always photograph it in the hope of capturing his ghostly face in the reflections of light and leaves. Nothing's happened yet. But I'll keep on trying...

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

The Triumph of Style Over Substance...

... this beautiful dome that covers a pit with a pole that was used to measure the level of the River Nile.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial. Click to enlarge