Friday, 17 October 2014

Pic of the Week . . . Mark Bryan

ON THIS DAY . . . (haven't done one of these in a while) in 1091, London was hit by a massive tornado, measuring T8/F4.  It's the first ever recorded tornado in the UK and destroyed churches, houses and businesses.  Even London Bridge, which was made from wood at the time, was destroyed. It's estimated that 18,000 people inhabited London at the time, all witness to the twister that tore through, and even though around 600 were left homeless, only 2 people were killed.

This fueled a tornado theme for Pic of the Week, and I found artist Mark Bryan whose work, I think, verges on a combination of reality vs dreamscape.  I really liked this piece for its imaginative simplicity.

You can see more of Mark's work on his website and prints are available to buy.

Enjoy and have a great weekend :)

'The Tornado Men' by Mark Bryan

10 comments:

  1. I never knew London had tornadoes at all. Maybe there's been some climate change there in the last 1000 years. Fun illustration!

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    1. We get quite a lot in the UK but they rarely touch down. We had one not so long ago in Durham, I think it was, which caused a bit of damage - nothing like the US though...

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  2. Freaky illustration.
    Miracle only two people were killed.

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    1. With something that size and back in that day, miracle is an understatement :)

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  3. I loved that story about the 1091 tornado. Busy researching it now. What a great plot base for a short paranormal that would make :)

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    1. Wouldn't it? Stop giving me ideas :)

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  4. I didn't know the UK was subject to such extremes. Wow! And Mike's right. It would make a great base for a paranormal story.

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    1. We sometimes get the odd hurricane off from the atlantic, but as for tornadoes...they're rare here but they do happen

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  5. it's a nice and scary one! It's unusual to see tornadoes in Europe, but they've been happening in recent years too! Most people blame HARP :)

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