Category Archives: Cambridge

Beechwoods Extension 2

I commented on the differences between the new and mature woods in my post on the 4th June .  Apart from the size of the trees, the most distinctive difference now is between openness and enclosure.  The mature woods have … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Extension

The newness of the westward expansion of the Beechwoods gives it a very different character to the mature woods.  How different will it eventually be? This five hectare wood was planted in 1992 to improve the environment for wildlife and … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Setting 2

On 9th April 2017 I posted two colour pictures, ‘Beechwoods Setting’, trying to show the context within which the woods are set.  They put the woods in the middle distance and show the contrast between the massing of the trees … Continue reading

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Sun, Trees & Coffee

A good start to the Bank Holiday weekend.  First, lovely late May weather, the day dawning bright and clear, the sun rising through a blue sky flecked with the merest traces of cloud.  And warm enough to sit and have … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Patterns

Alex Schneideman explores the importance of patterns in his ‘Thinking Photography’ feature in the May 2017 issue of Black+White Photography.  He defines patterns in three ways: as repeating graphic shapes; as related to an order or system; and as a … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Carvings

The lives marked in the beech bark are usually reduced to initials, dates and a runic symbol of love (see post 23/9/16).  They are enigmatic.  This is no less so.  Who was Harvey, why and when was he here and … Continue reading

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Sr Matthew’s Church

St Matthew’s Church, built to designs by local architect Richard Reynolds Rowe in 1866, has a distinctive plan: a Greek cross with octagonal centre.  Christ stands in the central lancet of the apse window.  The apostle (Matthew?) on the left … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Spring Leaves

The trees in the Beechwoods are coming into leaf, but in a strangely erratic way.  Many are almost devoid of leaves and retain their winter tracery of bare branches.  At the other extreme a few have dense crowns of green … Continue reading

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Barry Lane

Today The Guardian reported the death of Barry Lane at the age of 72.  Sue Isherwood writes: ‘In 1970 he joined the Arts Council as regional art officer, organising 14 touring exhibitions over three years. As the council’s first photography … Continue reading

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Cambridge Camera Club

The Cambridge Camera Club’s Annual Exhibition has been on show at the Pitt Press building this week.  With 208 mounted prints and 257 projected digital images (PDIs) it embraces all that’s good and bad about the camera club world. On … Continue reading

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Market Mannequins

Seeing this parade of bright figures yesterday made me think that I should continue with the mannequin project, not treat Mannequins – A Strange Parade (see  post 19th February 2017) as the end point.  Maybe I will.  Or is this … Continue reading

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John Benton-Harris

Sorry to have missed the recent event with John Benton-Harris in Norwich (http://www.wexphotographic.com/blog/events/2017-04-29-seminar-with-john-benton-harris/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=John-Benton-Harris3).  Reading of it took me back to May 1982 when JB-H lead a workshop on social documentary photography at the Cambridge Darkroom, at that time still housed … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Cambridge Edge

Two little structures sit in a field of beans (or peas) on the edge of Cambridge.  Hides for shooters protecting the crop from the hungry pigeons.  ‘Hide’, the perfect use of a verb as a noun; in America a ‘blind’, … Continue reading

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Only Colour

Asked to choose, I’d have no hesitation in saying I prefer B&W photography to colour.  It reveals the essence things through a graphic simplicity that removes the confusion and subjectivity of colour.  The tonalities and textures of B&W are beautiful … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Setting

A disturbed night.  Then the day dawned bright and clear and I decided to visit the Beechwoods to re-energise myself.  I wanted to try to photograph the woods in their landscape setting.  This was not easy.  The topography is gently … Continue reading

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