Category Archives: Cambridge

Pollution over Cambridge

View north from Magog Down, mid-day Friday 14th January 2022: Cambridge lies under a blanket of pollution after three windless freezing days.

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Christmas Eve morning view from my window.

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Sainsbury Sunrise

Yesterday, the advantages of: shopping early; and carrying a camera.

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Park Street Car Park, Cambridge

Contractors are putting up scaffolding round the unlovely and unloved Park Street multi storey car park.  It is to be redeveloped as an apart-hotel with 250 public car parking spaces in the basement.  It closes on the 4th January. I’ve … Continue reading

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Regenerating Beech

At Wandlebury on Saturday to enjoy the autumn colours. Found this beech regenerating with eight new sturdy coppice-like growths shooting vertically from a fallen trunk.

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Coffee Stop

Bridges coffee shop, Tuesday 19th November; I’m on my way to the ‘Reading Women’ class.  Outside with a black americano and an almond croissant; it’s mild for mid-November, but a brisk wind rattles the awning overhead. I dip into Women … Continue reading

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Reading Women 4

Yesterday’s U3AC session looked at The Blessed Reader, images of the Virgin Mary, principally the Annunciation.  The pictures included: the Simone Martini altarpiece, 1333, in Byzantine style; the Fra Angelico fresco from San Marco, Florence, c. 1435; a Veneziano predella … Continue reading

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Reading Women 3

Women predominate in paintings of people reading.  This reflects reading as a gendered activity: women read more than men, though whether this has always been consistently the case is unclear. The choice of women as subjects historically is not surprising … Continue reading

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David Runnacles

Several posts over the past three or four years have shown or mentioned the work of David Runnacles, a street photographer based in Cambridge.  His work has now been featured in INSPIRED EYE | Street Photography Magazine + Insights Video … Continue reading

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Women Reading 2

Maybe I should try to introduce my own pictures of women reading into the course as well as bringing up Kertesz’s book (see yesterday’s post). There are around 20 examples of women reading in my book Take a Seat – … Continue reading

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Footfall: Nice Cover, Shame About the Book

‘Does the artist understand their work best?’  That’s the question posed in the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, Summer 2021.  Yes, argues critic Matthew Holman, ‘because they possess a more profound understanding of what they are up to’.  No, says … Continue reading

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Footfall Final

I introduced my Walking project on 29th January 2021.  Around 50 photographs from it have appeared up to 29th May, when I described bringing the work together in a Blurb book, Footfall – copies arrived on the 7th June.  The … Continue reading

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Photographic Ups and Downs

Thursday 27th was a day of photographic ups and downs. On the upside, the final version of my latest photobook, Footfall, was sent to Blurb for printing.  I tweaked a few of the pictures and included eight new ones that … Continue reading

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Walking 45

‘I walk because I like it.  I like the rhythm of it…’

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Walking 44

‘…the unexpected insights and juxtapositions…’

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