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North Norfolk Days

Sunday 14th April A10 north to King’s Lynn – fields of rape glowing in the sun against an ashen sky.  A149 to the NN coast and through Holm, Thornham and Titchwell.  Down to the beach at Brancaster in a chilly … Continue reading

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Blakeney Angels

Panel from a south window in St Nicholas, Blakeney.  Gregory’s quote is conveniently shortened, if Wikipedia is to be believed: ‘Non Angli, sed angeli, si forent Christiani.– “They are not Angles, but angels, if they were Christian”.  Aphorism, summarizing words … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 5

Another book of moments (see post 21st March 2019) is People Kissing by Levine and Ramey (Princetown Architectural Press 2019).  More active that quiet moments, the sub-title is ‘A Century of Photographs’ and it reveals the shifts in social and … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 4

Alasdair and I are planning a session for the U3AC Photography Forum loosely titled ‘Alternative Photography’.  The aim is to get people to play, experiment and have photographic fun, by using film, for example.  So, I loaded an Olympus Trip … Continue reading

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Everything I Ever Learnt

DaveH got to see Everything I Ever Learnt before I did.  He commented: ‘Was rather disappointed.  Maybe that because I am a Philistine!  The quality of printing did not help but I rebel against out of focus images and poor … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 3

Black+White Photography magazine runs a regular feature, ‘Smart Guide to Photography’.  It concentrates on still lives and other static subjects and rarely ventures out onto the street.  The helpful advice at expertphotography.com/smartphone-street-photography-tips/ shows that B+W is missing something.  I don’t … Continue reading

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WTO – Dress It Up

Novelty buttons: made in Taiwan and China; packaged at 950 Jennings Street Unit 1B, Bethlehem PA 18017, USA; sold farmers market Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK; price £2.50.

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Haystack

One of the most widely reproduced images from the early days of photography is The Haystack by William Henry Fox Talbot.  It was taken in April 1844 using the calotype process, originally reproduced as a salted paper print and published … Continue reading

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Scarecrows

Two scarecrows from last week.  The different worlds of Fen farming and the National Trust. Photos: 1. Scarecrow, Landbeach, Cambs, March 2019; 2. Scarecrow, Ickworth House, Suffolk, March 2012

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Metcalfe Almshouses

I made the mistake of trying to get to Ickworth House using TomTom on Saturday.  The man at the Shell garage was much more helpful.  But there was a bonus: an unwonted tour of Suffolk took me to Hawstead and … Continue reading

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Only Colour Will Do

Forced to make the choice, I’d opt for black and white photography over colour.  Part of the reason may lie in habit and tradition: it’s what I grew up with and learned in the darkroom.  Monochrome is timeless.  Then there … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 19: Song Titles

The last session of term was a collation of members’ work based on song titles.  The minimal rules set by Tim were: images can be newly taken or from personal archives; the title can be any type of song – … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 2

The previous post has set me thinking that there might be a photo book in my pictures of people sitting in quiet moments.  This would be in a similar vein to my Ruckenfigur Revisited (2013).  More elevated examples are Elliott … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment

Anyone seeing my street photography on Instagram will have noticed that it often includes seated people.  Why?  Is it just an accident; or do I go to lots of places where people want to sit down?  Is it because it’s … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 18: Walkabout – The Other Cambridge

The brief for the walkabout practical session last week was the following.  ‘The title “The Other Cambridge” is deliberately vague and wide open. The sub-title is “the Cambridge that the tourists don’t see”. So anything that you consider falls into … Continue reading

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