Speaking this month we have:
Darren Axe – Treading lightly… Journeys among the mountains of Europe by boot, snowshoe and train.
Darren is an International Mountain Leader with a passion for
sustainability in the mountain environment. During ten years of
journeys to, from and around Europe’s high places he has
developed a wealth of knowledge and passion. This talk
critically assesses our place in wilderness; from how we move
in, out and around it to the activities we undertake within it.
From the emblematic Alps to the intrepid Carpathians, this
thought provoking talk takes us there and back again with
stunning photography throughout.
Tim Holland – Russia
Philip Bichon – Yemen
For many years Philippe Bichon has been working as architectural assistant in a workshop set in southwest of France, specialized in the preservation of architectural heritage. He enjoys travelling around the world with a pencil in his hand. As he wanders lonely he fills his travel diary with account, and also sketches and watercolors drawn on the spot that he doesn’t alter once back.
This diary becomes a collective work enhanced with the accounts written in their own tongues by different encounters, or sometimes with their own drawings. More than a diary, the travel book becomes a link then, a way to share the journey with people met on the road.
His artistic approach is mainly based on the travel diary itself. As he return home however he share his genuine account and sketches in a faithful published book so as to invite the reader to follow in his footsteps.
Since people were becoming more and more enthusiastic, he decided to work as an artist, sharing his travels.
About Yemen …
Today, troubles in Yemen are so huge that we can’t know if we could again travel one day in this amazing country.
Particularly attracted to architecture Philippe has been dreaming about discovering Yemen for many years.
He was absolutely delighted when he first travelled there in 2009, a lonely six weeks tour by share taxis throughout western Yemen. He was overwhelmed by the outstanding architecture but also by the discovering of a so authentic and welcoming country. Speaking a little Arabic and playing ud, plus the fact that he draws on the spot helped him to meet several people. He was glad to be invited in 2010 by the Yemen Department of Tourism along with seven other European artists, a wonderful opportunity to increase his Yemen’s work.
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London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.
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