norman miller writer and photographer
norman miller writer and photographer norman miller writer and photographer norman miller writer and photographer norman miller writer and photographer
 

VENICE'S SECRET LAGOON
The Times

The ghost speaks suddenly in the ruined hospital on the abandoned Venetian island of Poveglia – a piercing whisper of Italian from high up the building's shattered stone stairs, as if the Lagoon breeze had decided to share a memory. I tune back into the comforting cicada symphony pouring in from the overgrown gardens, and stare at a wall covered with mysterious vignettes of a jagged-toothed wolf in blue squares. Back out in the sun, my wife Jessica asks if I had called out from inside. I say no. We hurry back to our boat.  

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JAPAN'S WEST SIDE STORY
Blue Wings

“Now I have a question for you,” says curator Maiko Yamauchi, pointing to an ancient theatrical character mask at Kanazawa's Noh Museum. “Do you think that is a man or a woman?” I gaze at horns, red face, fearsome expression - a devil for sure, and so definitely masculine. “No! This is a woman,” exclaims Yamauchi with an air of bemusement at the strange perceptions of gaijin (foreigners), before explaining how any Japanese person would instantly recognise the mask as that of the Jealous Wife. I realise, not for the first time, that there is much about Japan I do not noh...

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NZ'S WINE AND DECO PARADISE
Beau Magazine

Looking at Napier today it's hard to believe most of it was wiped out on 3 February 1931. That was the grim day a massive 7.8 earthquake slammed into this North Island east coast city – though rather than the shakes it was fire did most damage, with many blazes started by bunsen burners igniting chemicals in the make-your-own-meds pharmacies of the day.

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