Friday, 30 December 2011

Little Man

I love this little man who lives with his family on an island in the Nile. When I met his folks, they lived exclusively from tourism. This includes allowing tourists into your own home. But my small friend decided that some places were out of bounds and cheerfully blocked the way to the living room with its wondrous collection of prayer mats.

His small act of defiance has stayed with me throughout the Egyptian Revolution. Hopefully, he and all his people will be able to find their way to a better, happier and fairer future in 2012.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Sahel Island, Egypt

Tuesday, 27 December 2011


Santa Claus has been very good this year and given me a bag that I'd admired but never dreamed of owning. Also appreciative of his generosity was Alfie, my travelling bear, who quickly purloined it as his preferred means of transport.

Alfie truly proved his worth when we got stuck in a Jordanian desert following the volcano eruption of April 2010. While I fretted in my room, he was calmly relieving the hotel of its whisky supply. No matter where he is, Alf manages to lead a (somewhat disolute) life of his own.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Greetings from Amsterdam!

Amsterdam's favorite means of transport has been transformed into a festive decoration to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter and a great deal of happiness.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Staalstraat

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Chance Encounter

In these days of euro crisis and cultural cutbacks, I'm constantly astonished by artists who think big rather than small, and use the entire city as both their canvas and gallery. These are works that you can see from the corner of your eye in moments of sheer wonder.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial. Click to enlarge so as to join this nicotine meditation

Friday, 16 December 2011

Magic Shadow-Show

"For in and out, above, about, below,
'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-show,
Play'd in a Box whose Candle is the Sun,
Round which we Phantom Figures come and go."
(The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Taken at the dress rehearsal of the Dutch National Ballet's production of Nutcracker. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011


These hand-painted ducks are waiting for the tourists to return to Egypt and the Nubian restaurant whose walls they adorn. I do hope that they will be able to come back soon...

Photo: Profoundly Superficial, Aswan

Friday, 9 December 2011

Glamour Gym

My local gym is cheap but none too cheerful with vile smells wafting from its antiquated plumbing. Fortunately, the company owns it has just taken over a glamour gym that had gone bankrupt. No prizes for guessing where I'm going now...

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

So Hipstamatic!

It's not often that you get the chance to buy a camera complete with four lenses for mere 79 euro cents. The Hipstamatic app is not only a great bargain, it's also a lot of fun with its crazy effects and old school wonkiness.

This photo was taken on a train; it's a portrait of my travelling companion and her spectral reflection.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Egypt on My Mind

As Egypt enters a new chapter, I'm thinking of my friends in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Alexandria. And I'm thinking of this little girl and hoping she will have a brighter future.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial