Tuesday, 24 August 2010
"Their Majesties The Swallows Are Back"
One of the most beautiful found objects I have is a hand-made album made by a young Dutch girl who spent her summer with an English family in May 1961. She made a beautiful album of photographs and drawings as a memento of her visit which she gifted to the English family she had stayed with. I found it last year discarded in a cardboard box at a boot-sale. The photographs in this album are really wonderful and the drawings are achingly beautiful. Ever since I found it the phrase on one of the drawings, 'Their Majesties The Swallows Are Back', seems to summon up for me every wonderful and haunting thing about the annual return of the British summer.