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redstuffdan is a 67 year old shy and retiring ex civil servant who lives quietly in the Aquitaine countryside with his beautiful French wife of 48 years.

My art, like my photography, borders on the naïve and was provoked as a complimentary activity to my recovery from illness. Much of the work is experimental and would best be described as an expression of a child let loose in the sweetshop of digital photography and acrylic paints.

My current obsessions are the Bordeaux vineyards, local village life, architecture, doors, mirrored images and digital photography as art with a healthy dash of golf, wine and local history in equal parts. I hope you get as much pleasure from my work as I do in producing it.

Welcome to redstuffdan

(All photographs and other images in this blog are © copyright and cannot be reproduced without my written permission and consent – All rights reserved)

231 thoughts on “About

  1. I gotta thank you for this piece of advice Dan,
    I was out for a drive tonight and it occurred to me that I ought to snap photos when I see things, and not when I feel like I need one.

    -vH

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  2. …….and writing is really hard for me but l got so off my face a couple of months ago and promised myself l’d give it a try. You can find the result or the very, very small start l’ve made in a couple of recent posts. Now if l can do that what about you dragging your arse outside with your smart phone and snapping shakily away at the world. The results may surprise you – in any event if you sober up long enough to get it done l for one would be interested in seeing the results. If they are anything like your writing they will be shit, but inventive, addictive, beautifully composed reality shit.

    Santé

    Dan

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  3. Beautiful photos, sir.
    I usually make it a point not to blindly follow people who have followed my blog and fall into this faux-popularity trap, but I think for this, I would need to make an exception.

    Photography is something I have no talent for, but can sure appreciate.
    So once again, good stuff.

    -vH

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  4. Bonjour Again Mme McMahon

    I have been dabbling with writing for a while now and have just built up enough courage to risk publishing an extract of Prince of Spoons on this blog. I would very much value some honest feedback from a writer l respect, if you have the time.

    Regards

    Dan

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  5. Oh, you had me at Bonjour! I’ve taken a trip through a few of your posts and like me, you are discovering the joy of the world around us, I with words and you with that talented eye for beauty and the unusual. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

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  6. Bonjour Mme Doougherty

    Leap of Faith stuff – exactly what one comes to expect from a cold war princess. Your blog has inspired me to take up the quill, figuratively speaking, and dip it in some very murky ink. I have just posted my first extract from The Slaughterhouse Yard Trilogy – ‘Twice the Man’.

    I dont know where it will take me yet but l would dearly like to have a mentor to guide me along the way.

    Regards

    Dan
    P.S. Go on, look at the pictures, some of them might even make you smile.

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  7. Bonjour Honey

    Enjoyed your blog and will be popping in now and again to get the tour of your part of the world. As far as a wine is concerned the best value for money red wines, if you can find them, are those from the Pays D’OC – Languedoc Rousillion. Faugeres or Costiere de Nimes. Corbiere or Cote de Rhone. A little more expensive but still affordable are the Bordeaux wines from the Graves vineyards in the Gironde. Hope that helps.

    Santé

    Dan

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  8. hello & bonjour & merci & thank you for visiting my blog!
    (phonetical) jenuparlpafrancais
    (i don’t speak french)
    (but my sister does and she taught me how to say that when i visited Paris in 1991 to see a Giacometti retrospective while living in Italy…)
    my computer is slow so i haven’t yet seen all of your work but i appreciate what you’ve written thus far and your images, too
    wishing you all good things

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  9. Hi Shy Dan, thank God you put wine in there. Any French wines you would recommend for a retiree on a budget?? Thanks for the follow.

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  10. Bonjour

    I definitely do not have the discipline to undertake such an enormous task – that’s probably why my book writing effort has stalled.

    Regards

    Dan

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  11. You’re coming in late, but have you considered national novel writing month? It’s a challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It’s a good way to just write and then you’ll have something to edit and work with. There’s no time to worry and delete things when you are trying to write 1667 words per day.

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  12. Bonjour Mme

    My ‘Prince of Spoons’ is in a right mess – l keep deleting, rewriting, writing some more, leave it, come back to it, delete some more, give up on it etc., etc., and thats only the first chapter.

    It aint ready for the light of day let alone the gentle eyes of a graduate writing poetry and fiction – Ah but one day, one day………….

    Love them sausages & mash – and dont forget the onions and gravy

    Regards

    Dan

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  13. Thank you for the follow. How’s your book coming? Better than mine, I hope. I’m kind of just throwing my fingers at the keyboard, trying to get a story to come out. You mentioned that you have a blog for that book? Could you share it?

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  14. Hi Dan, so happy you dropped by my blog & are now following, really appreciate it! I love your quirky art here, i’m sure gonna drop by ofetn :)

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  15. thanks for liking my review of SJ Hodge’s Secrets of the Knights Templar. Regards and best wishes to you and your writing!

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  16. Bonjour Dave

    Bit of an obsession at the moment – but l do try straight stuff occasionally. Hey your ice photos are amazing and from the brief visit l made its obvious l need to come back and stay a while.

    Regards

    Dan

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  17. Dan, I saw some of your mirrored images. That is something I have not thought about doing. I like it! Thank you for visiting Gwichyaa Zhee. Make yourself at home.

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  18. Hi and thanks for following our fledgling blog, Being in Burgundy [http://beinginburgundy.wordpress.com/]. We are planning to stay in France for at least the next three years, although we may love it too much to go back to England or Ireland. The work we have seen on your site is wonderfully creative and we hope to stay in touch – not least because it is part of our dream to start a little gallery somewhere in which to exhibit the best art we can find from France, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland… All new contacts welcome!

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  19. Bonjour Madame Steele

    I am pleased it intrigues you – if my pictures provoke an emotion or reaction then they are successful.

    Thank you

    Regards

    Dan

    P.S. Love your pictures by the way

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  20. Bonjour, Monsieur
    J’ai bien aimée votre blog. Et merci pour votre intérêt, cela me touché.

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  21. Bonjour Madame Williams

    Thanks for your lovely compliment – l really enjoyed your artsy stuff and will be visiting again soon. You have a very happy Outlook which is reflected in your blog;

    Regards

    Dan

    P.S. Pocket contents – Normally a couple a golf tees, a ball marker, gate key, tissue and a spray to take in emergencies – It opens the arteries a little and the iPhone of course.

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  22. Thanks for your follow on my blog today. That is appreciated. You and I are about the same age with about the same amount of years of marriage. I like playing in the digital sandbox too. Isn’t is great that all this creativity is at our fingertips!! I am enjoying your work too.

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