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Snowdrops

Galanthus ‘Magnet’, Galanthus peshmenii, Galanthus ‘Merlin’. …………………………… Galanthus ‘James Back- house, Galanthus nivalis ‘Anglesey Abbey’. Photo: Botanic Garden, Cambridge, February 2019

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Second-hand

An old copy of Amateur Photographer advertises equipment described variously as ‘used’, ‘as new’ and ‘second-hand’.  ‘Second–hand’ once appeared widely in small ads, on motor traders’ signs and above shops that sat somewhere between those selling antiques and those getting … Continue reading

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Karl Parsons

Search on-line for ‘My bath has two silver taps’ and you will learn more that you will ever, ever need to know about silver taps, but you won’t be led to the poet who used it as a first line. … Continue reading

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Carre Arms, Sleaford

Lunch at the Carre Arms on Saturday – cheese soufflé, salad and a glass of wine.  Wikipedia gives a potted history of the Carres ‘During the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the Hussey family owned the manor of Old … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 14: Patterns

Nick Kerry ran today’s session on patterns.  He suggested that photographing patterns both helps us to see at things in different ways and reflects a natural human urge to seek structure.  Using 30 pictures from 45 submitted, he looked at … Continue reading

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North Fen, Cottenham

Repeat postings of photographs of Great and Little North Fens, Cottenham, on this blog can be explained in part by the fact that I walk there fairly often.  But that’s not the only thing.  I’m fascinated by the fen landscape … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 13: Morality and Controversy in Photography

Helen Cherry approached this under three broad headings: fake photographs; shocking photographs; and controversial art photographs.  She took us from the Cottingley Fairies through the work of a wide range of photographers, including Robert Capa, Mikhael Subotsky, Eddie Adams, Nick … Continue reading

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Rampton Rectory and All Saints

Ivy and bramble have taken over the old Rectory at Rampton; fatal cracks run down walls that are falling apart.  It was built in yellow brick under a Welsh Slate roof sometime between 1855 and 1862 – a rambling pile … Continue reading

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Edward Burne-Jones

It’s plain that The Guardian’s art Critic, Jonathan Jones, did not like the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition at Tate Britain:  ‘Almost everything else in the exhibition is art that disdains life.’ and ‘Burne-Jones proves how boring beauty can be.’ (22nd October … Continue reading

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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I visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum on the 22nd.  Wonderful pictures of wonderful things; and tragic pictures of tragic things.  All are tributes to technical mastery with sophisticated equipment, no doubt.  More … Continue reading

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

I did the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at 116 on Monday 28th.  The count was: blue tit 2, great tit 2, blackbird 2, dunnock 2, robin 2, starling 1, jackdaw 2, jay 2 and magpie 2 – 17 birds of … Continue reading

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Cheltenham Bubble Clock

The Bubble, or Wishing Fish, Clock was designed by Kit Williams in 1985 as the centrepiece for the Regent Arcade in Cheltenham. The clock’s mechanism was built by Michael Harding.  Fourty-five feet tall, it is said to be the tallest … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 12: Photobooks

Margaret Kerry led a session of the Forum on ‘Why Photobooks?  Well why not?’ on Friday 25th.  She explained how she used CEWE software to produce several books in different styles and formats.  For the uninitiated she explained the choices … Continue reading

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Joan Leigh Fermor 5

My post of 3rd January 2019 referred to the inclusion of photographs by Joan Leigh Fermor in Paddy’s translation of George Psychoundakis’ The Cretan Runner (1955).  The book has been reprinted in hard back and several paperback editions; the Folio … Continue reading

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Annie Albers

Yesterday, to see the Annie Albers Exhibition at Tate Modern.  The Tate web site sets the scene.  ‘As a female student at the radical Bauhaus art school, Albers [1899-1994] was discouraged from taking up certain classes. She enrolled in the … Continue reading

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