Monthly Archives: November 2020

On HCB 1

‘Tell us your favourite photographic quote. “We must think before and after, never while taking a picture.  Our success depends on sharpness, clarity, knowledge, but each time a photograph is planned, elaborate, it becomes stuck in clichés.”  Henri Cartier Bresson.  … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 3

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Following on from my post on 15th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 3, which looked at image and identity in photography KB: The Arnold Newman photo of Stravinsky (below) really struck … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 26 – Shell Line

Sculptors have drawn the shell line with the chalky remains of the common whelk, or buckie, Buccinum undatum.  Shellcraft artists have punctuated the line with a crown of bleached common starfish, Asterias rubens, and a necklace of purply ridged common … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 11 – Augustus

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Augustus was a Roman statesman and military leader who became the first emperor of the Roman Empire, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. He was the first ruler of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Figure: Augustus, one of … Continue reading

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Cottenham at Random

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Gog Magog Hills

Walking up the Roman Road to Wandlebury in lovely late autumn sun yesterday. A view of the Gog Magog Hills, what J calls ‘a waterfall of winter wheat’. (Excuse mobile phone quality.)

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Fen Landscape, Rampton

After a wet October and some miserable days in early November, Friday 13th shed its triskaidekaphobia image – bright and clear it was late autumn at its best. We walked Cow Lane from Rampton towards Willingham. I photographed again the … Continue reading

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U3AC 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 2

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Following on from my post on 9th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 2, which looked at photography a means of engagement with society GM: I was glad to see that some … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 10 – Ariadne

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Ariadne: daughter on Minos, King of Crete, she helped Theseus overcome the Minotaur.  Abandoned by Theseus on Naxos, Dionysus found her and married her. Figure Italian (possibly Neapolitan) School, c. 1895-1925, marble; Park Close, Englefield Green, Surrey.

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Classical Contrasts 9: Askelepus

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Askelepus God of medicine, the patron god the ancient guild of doctors. Attribute a snake.  Son of Apollo and Coronis. Figure: Askelepus, Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts, c. 1901-17, lead; origin unknown.

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U3AC 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 1

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In autumn 2019 Jane Lynas and I ran a course, Photography: The Telling Image, for the Cambridge U3A, see post 13th December 2019.  We are repeating it this year, though as a series of five on-line modules. The course looks … Continue reading

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Photography in three words

One of the people on my U3AC course ‘Photography: The Telling Image’ has been struggling to know what to photograph during these constrained times – his main interest is around live music events.  I can understand how he feels, though … Continue reading

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Shingle Street Tank Trap

A row of 22 anti-tank blocks stride across the marsh at the south end of Shingle Street where it joins Bawdsey Beach.  Today it seems a strange spot for such defences, but once it blocked an exit off the beach … Continue reading

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