Monthly Archives: June 2018

Fen Landscape 33 – Great North Fen, Cottenham

Friday 22nd June 2018.  Midsummer evening walk into the geometric, point perspective, fen landscape.  Cultivator tracks meet a distant hedge separating land and sky, ordered, unvarying green from random blue and white.  The wheat looks healthy and full of promise, … Continue reading

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Joan Leigh Fermor 2

In the past year two things have happened to add some details to the story of Joan Leigh Fermor, photographer, described in my blog of 22nd November 2017.  First, the publication of Patrick Leigh Fermor – The Journey Continues.  Second … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 4

I’m fascinated by the strangeness of the Museum of Classical Archaeology.  On one level it’s the unease at being watched over in our mortality by all those lowering gods and emperors, like being entombed prematurely in a great sepulchre.  Then … Continue reading

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Making Connections

‘I got to the end of a project I’ve been working on for some time, which was both pleasing and a relief.  I found that, by working on one particular subject (with a couple of others rumbling in the background), … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 3

Sculpture from the temple of Zeus at Olympia. ‘Here the subject is a battle between Lapiths and Centaurs, mythical tribes of northern Greece, which took place at a wedding feast. The Centaurs, half horse half man, had been invited to … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 2

‘Harmodios and Aristogeiton were honoured for bringing an end to tyranny and restoring democracy in Athens in 514 BCE.  In the early fifth century BCE the emerging democracy in Athens was crushed by the coming to power of two tyrants, … Continue reading

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Renee Spierdijk

Renee Spierdijk at the Alison Richard Building, Cambridge.  ‘Renee Spierdijk’s work responds to images of young girls and women, mainly from found photographs.  She choose portraits that are taken in formal settings, with the individual often surrounded by political or … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 26 – Post Processing Photo Challenge

Tim briefed us for the session of the Forum on Friday: Your final challenge of the term is to improve a series of images, using whatever post-processing tools & creative tricks you like. Molly [Warrington] provided the six images in … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 1

Niobe, a daughter of Tantalus, King of Lydia, foolishly boasted that her children where more beautiful than Apollo and Artemis, the offspring on Leto and Zeus.  The two gods killed all of Niobe’s children and she was turned to stone, … Continue reading

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Being a Tree

‘I am a tree and I am quite lonely; I weep in the rain.  For the sake of Allah, listen to what I have to say: I don’t want to be a tree, I want to be its meaning.’  My … Continue reading

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Sing a Rainbow

Two students from ARU spoke about music therapy, its power in both learning and unlocking memories, at the St Matthew’s ‘Slice of Life’ yesterday.  I find often that songs can pin down events in my past where the date eludes … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 25 – Members’ Street Photography

Members of the Forum were asked to submit their photographs for this session, which followed naturally on the previous two classes.  I provided the following brief.  ‘Street photography can be interpreted in a number of ways. Pictures: of people and … Continue reading

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Patchwork Field

On Wednesday a four mile round-trip walk from The Crown, Little Walden.  At Sadlers Farm we crossed a field a curious patchwork of green and gold – strong dark green wheat and a stunted indeterminate golden cereal.  Green and gold … Continue reading

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Graffiti

Banksy is the best-known (and best?) of the graffiti artists whose work has blurred the distinction between art and vandalism.  Local authorities don’t like graffiti.  Cambridge City Council’s web site says: ‘Graffiti is illegal. It spoils property and can be … Continue reading

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Naming

‘We rarely love what we cannot name’, said Robert Macfarlane at the Cambridge Literature Festival in April 2018.  He was speaking with Jackie Morris about their book The Lost Words.  He may be right, but there is a somewhat Linnaean … Continue reading

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