Monthly Archives: February 2021

Women in Photography 2

I said on the 26th that some histories of photography pay the contribution of women scant attention.  Really, that was just an impression and not backed up by any evidence, so I thought I’d look a bit more carefully at … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape: Rampton

Walk of contrasts along Cow Lane yesterday: fly-tipping and a skylark singing; smooth blue sky and dark furrowed fields; and a flail cutter violently attacking hedges and a flickering flock of lapwings.

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Women in Photography

The story of Merci Lack and The Dig (blog 17th February 2021) is a reminder of how until comparatively recently women as photographers have been forgotten, ignored or written out of the history of the medium:  they make only brief … Continue reading

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Walking 14

‘He wanted to speed into the future at 60 m.p.h.; I wanted to walk there.’

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Walking 13

‘…walking can be a form of self-avoidance…’

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Classical Contrasts 25 – Julius Caesar

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Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general and statesman, who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey … Continue reading

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Walking 12

‘And then even the places I once knew intimately, I’ll walk over them again and know them in a different way.’

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Walking 11

‘…the vascular network of imagination…’

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Fen Landscape – Cottenham Lode

20th February: sunshine, blue sky and a mild south wind; skylarks singing over North Fen; the first Brimstone of the year, half flying, half blown, across the garden;  sunset at half past fine.  Signs of spring – reasons to be … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 24 – Hermes

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The ancient Greek god of travel, trade and trickery, messenger of the god he conducts the souls of the dead to Hades.  Invented the lyre; symbols the caduceus and winged cap and sandals.  Son of Zeus and Maea Figures: Hermes … Continue reading

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Walking 10

‘Learning to see meant not being able to look away…’

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The Dig – Merci Lack

Watching The Dig on Netflix was a good way to spend a bitter Saturday afternoon: a fascinating story told through a well-made, well-acted film, albeit with a heavy seasoning of fiction and romance.  Both fiction and romance (and some drama) … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography – The Telling Image

So, the course I ran on-line in the autumn seems to have been well-received.  Of the 30% of attendees who bothered to give formal feedback the majority thought it was excellent or good against a range of criteria, giving an … Continue reading

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Walking 9

‘Few of us see through the shining riddle of the street…’

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Classical Contrasts 23 – Hercules

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The Roman equivalent of the Greek divine hero Heracles, son of Jupiter and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his 12 labours and numerous far-ranging adventures, such as fighting the giant Antaeus. … Continue reading

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