Category Archives: Cambridge

The Year of Living Safely – David Runnacles

David Runnacles’ new book, The Year of Living Safely, is a major achievement in a year when we have been so constrained. Insightful and illuminating, it draws strength from being focused on a specific period of time, which he has … Continue reading

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Covid Queue

Today – waiting for the post of Christmas present.

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On HCB 2

‘A few years after the first edition of Magnum Contact Sheets was released (5 June 2014 to be precise) journalist and literary critic Gaby Wood wrote an interesting article about the Cartier-Bresson exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris for … Continue reading

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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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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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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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the others

the others, a stimulating new book from David Runnacles, showing what he says ‘are the leftover pictures, the others in all their otherness’. A hundred brilliantly seen pictures with so much to explore, so many intimate little interactions, in every … Continue reading

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Madingley Hall

Sunny breakfast with DH on the terrace at Madingley Hall, looking out over the meadow and Capability Brown’s serpentine lake on the 10th. We puzzled over the architectural history of the house. I checked with Pevsner back home. The main … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2020 Challenge #5

Fifteen participants contributed 41 images in response to Tim Ewbank’s challenge to photograph people from behind.  Strangers, friends, relatives and the self were engaged as subjects.  They were variously cycling, painting, jogging, climbing, feeding swans, going to work, walking the … Continue reading

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Covid 19 Day 95 25th June 2020

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Covid 19 Day 94 24th June 2020

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Covid 19 Day 93 23rd June 2020

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 30

I spent Sunday afternoon working on my book Take a Seat – I probably should have been finishing off some decorating, or outside gardening, especially as the weather was so good.  But I’ve been feeling increasingly unhappy with the book … Continue reading

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Covid 19 Day 67 28th May

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Covid 19 Day 65 26th May

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