Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wicken Fen

“Wicken Fen Vision, an ambitious landscape-scale conservation project, is opening up new areas of land to explore. Our grazing herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies are helping to create a diverse range of new habitats.” Photo: Highland cattle, Wicken … Continue reading

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Lasting images?

A friend recently asked me to scan some photographs from an old album to make up a new album for a birthday present.  It was depressing to see how cheap commercial colour prints from the 1970s have faded, bleached out and … Continue reading

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Veil

There was a time, a more modest or prudish one perhaps, when naked dummies in shop windows were given a paper veil to protect innocent passers by.  Today anything goes.  In this case nature has provided a cloak of modesty. … Continue reading

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Mask

Photo: African mask, Victor Skipp Collection, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, January 2013

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Mahal

Photo: Mahal, Islington, London, January

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Incidentals

Maybe these glass panels in the door of an Edwardian (?) house in London should be considered urban incidentals rather than urban ephemera. Photo: Door panels, Queen’s Drive, London, January 2013

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Skull

Photo: Islington, London, January 2014

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Menagerie

Photo: Brownswood Road, London, January 2014

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Slice of Memory

Bacon slicer, Peck deli, Milan.  Retired to display only.  Memories of bacon slicers in childhood local grocers.  Grander, though. Photo: Bacon slicer, Peck, Milan, December 2013

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Ephemera?

God and mammon.  Spirit and technology.  Longevity and transience.  What is ephemera? Photo: Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan, December 2013

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San Lorenzo

Photo: San Lorenzo Maggiore, Milan, December 2013

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Vathia terraces

Monsell’s photograph of Vathia (‘A distant prospect of the Towers of Vathia’) opposite page 160 of the 1958 Mani shows terraces of olive trees of almost paddyfield like precision.  My photograph of 2010, admittedly from a differed direction, suggests how … Continue reading

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Joan Eyres Monsell

My first edition of Mani includes 26 photographs by Joan Eyres Monsell.  They include landscapes, buildings and people.  She is known as a photographer: her 2010 obituary in the Telegraph refers to her as ‘one of the most distinguished amateur … Continue reading

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