Monthly Archives: September 2018

Eggleston

Yesterday’s meeting about the U3AC Photo Forum was useful in shaping the programme for the coming year.  Whether it will bring anyone nearer to an understanding of William Eggleston remains to be seen.  After the meeting I bought a copy … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19

Meeting with Tim Ewbank and others this morning to discuss the programme for the Forum in the coming year.  I think my mission is to make the members come to terms with the photography of William Eggleston. Photo: Swiss Laundry, … Continue reading

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Water

Given a choice, I’d always choose walks that include being by water.   For somewhere to rest and be in the moment, where better to be than by water, whether sea, river, lake or fountain?  Water is essential to physical life.  … Continue reading

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Chimping in Russell Square

A group is out photographing in Russell Square.  The previous frame shows them all zooming in on something across the park, now they are ‘chimping’ (not all, two have clocked me turning the tables).  ‘Chimping: What one does after taking … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape 36 – Rampton

Today, on the edge of Rampton Wood, the reeds (Phragmites) waving, shimmering and rustling in Cottenham Lode made the gusty wind from the west visible and audible, something alive.  I thought about all those long exposure photographs that turn moving … Continue reading

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Lincoln by Borglum

A Capitol tour guide stands in front of a bust of Abraham Lincoln by Gutzon Borglum.  The son of Danish immigrants, Borglum was born in 1867 in St. Charles, a child of Mormon polygamy. He was active in the committee … Continue reading

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Consolations of Art

‘…it seems to me that only one intangible, religious faith apart, can be relied upon to see us happily through our last years.  It is art, which is infinite in itself, which can be creative or comforting, active or passive, … Continue reading

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FDR Memorial

When I visited Washington I found the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial the most moving of tributes along the National Mall.  Designed overall by Lawrence Halprin, the sculpture The Rural Couple is by George Segal.  I don’t know what influenced Segal, … Continue reading

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Propeller

Is this propeller blade bolted to the deck of the Queen Mary 2 a sculpture or a spare handy for some transatlantic emergency?  It’s definitely sculptural and has a clean formal beauty, but can a piece of pure engineering be … Continue reading

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Anglesey Herm

A herma or herm, is a sculpture with a head, and sometimes a torso, above a plain, usually squared lower section, on which male genitals may be carved – the Anglesey Abbey example is decorously decked with foliage.   The form … Continue reading

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Water Lilies

When I saw these water lilies growing in the corner of the lake at Quy Fen I was reminded at once of Peter Henry Emerson’s Gathering Water-Lilies (1868). Originally issued as a limited-edition photogravure print, the photograph of a man … Continue reading

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William Ison

Quy Fen is a wildlife haven and a rare place to find cattle grazing in the Fens – income from the grazing is shared by the neighbouring villages. In earlier times villagers had the right to cut hay or pea … Continue reading

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Nina

              Annina Frances Human, 24th April 1947 – 31st August 2018

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