Welcome … James Blake has travelled all around England, Europe, The Balkans, The Mediterranean, North Africa, North & Central America and New Zealand in pursuit of his love of art and photography. Previous to art and photography James studied Public Media, Communications & Cultural Studies at Trinity & All Saints College, Leeds University and Fine Art Sculpture at the West Wales School of Art, as well as working as an artist, as a graphic and web designer and as a dj / club promoter. James was educated in England but was very fortunate to have spent his childhood growing up in Malta and Dubai, with visits to South East Asia, Europe and Scandinavia with his parents.

This website contains links to all of the books James has published for his travel and art photography from 2005, 2007 and 2011 to 2019, which included travels in England, North Africa, Central Europe, The Balkans, North and Central America, as well as three years spent living in New Zealand, three years spent living in Cyprus and a year spent in Spain. In 2007 James also lived in London and studied Documentary Film at The British Film Institute. Sadly nothing has survived of a year spent in Cornwall (2004), or has survived of a 4,000 mile journey taken in America (2006) and also nothing for the three years spent in New Zealand (2008-2010). Also here are links to books for all of James’ music mixes, graphic/web design and art from 1993 to 2003. All of the books were re-presented between 2018 and 2021. The music, art and design, travel and photography are all interlinked as ‘two halves of the same coin’. A balance of creativity and observation. Also, since 2020, James has been working on a couple of new projects – ‘The Biology Of Pre-Christian Art : Ancient Signs, Symbols And Motifs‘ and ‘The Biology Of Christian Art : Ancient Signs, Symbols And Motifs‘.

James is also a member of WPO and Lightstalkers and his work has featured in The Courier (UK), The Kent Messenger (UK), Kent On Sunday (UK), Cyprus Weekly (Cyprus), Options Newspaper (Cyprus), Sunday Mail (Cyprus), Mondo In Tasca (Italy), Guida Viaggi (Italy), Globetrotter Magazine (Italy), De Duinstreek (Holland) and The Photographer’s Mail (New Zealand). James’ work has been exhbited in Holland (“Unique abstract expressionism“), Cyprus (“Extraordinary”,”Spectacular”,”Stunning”,”Amazing”,”Beautiful“) and New Zealand.

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The Failed Future : The World Since World War II

The last book, ‘The End Of Heaven : The Last Thousand Years Of European Art & History’ contains examples of events and art that happened in the last thousand years to help bring about a secular society in Europe (and the activities of those who tried to prevent it from happening). This book contains examples of events and art that illustrate how America took over the world after the implosion of World War II (which essentially destroyed Europe and European cultural identity). American supremacy over European culture since the 1940’s is not exclusive to Europe, it spans the entire world, From Mexico to Mali to India to Indonesia to Japan and beyond. It appears now that there were two cultural choices to be had after World War II, that of America and one of Communism. both offered diffrent futures, and both failed. This book does not contain an explanation of the events and art that has happened since the 1940’s, it merely contains some examples of the events and art that have happened to help be part of further investigations and explanations.

Speech From ‘The Great Dictator’ Film (Charlie Chaplin, 1940)

“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible. Jew, Gentile, Black Man, White, we all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. And this world has room for everyone, and the good Earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities life will be violent, and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all. Even now, my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think, and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate, the unloved and the unnatural! …

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power, the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future, and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise! They never will! Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness …

Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite! …

The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow, into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us.”