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Photographs made on film

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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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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Beechwoods Regeneration

Beech woodland is shady and often characterised by a dense carpet of fallen leaves and mast husks, which prevent most woodland plants from growing.  Young beeches prefer some shade and may grow poorly in full sunlight, however. In the Beechwoods … Continue reading

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Beechwood Roots

The beech usually grows on drier, free-draining soils, such as chalk, limestone and light loams. The root system is shallow, even superficial, with large roots spreading out in all directions.  This makes trees susceptible to drought and high winds.  In the … Continue reading

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Beechwoods Boles – Elephant Tree

‘Old trees: hugely domed, usually much branched; occasional survivors of the fellings of two wars with 15-20m straight, cylindrical bole’, is how The Field Guide describes the common beech.   Some of the trees in the Beechwoods fit the first description.  … 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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Leica on Film

The excellent film of Julian Barnes’s novel The Sense of an Ending adds to the canon of films that feature an aspect of photography.  Tony Webster, the central character, runs a small specialist Leica camera shop.  A casual customer is … Continue reading

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Ambiguity

‘Photographs are ambiguous.  Their truths are at best partial, their interpretations myriad….inclusion of sharply rendered and selectively chosen detail amplifies the uncertainty.  …. “A photograph is a secret about a secret.  The more it tells you the less you know.”’  … Continue reading

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Pinhole Poppy

I decided to really put technical perfection to one side and use my pinhole camera on the Beechwoods project.  I haven’t used it for nearly a year and was a bit taken aback to find there was still a film … Continue reading

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Beechwoods – Beech Fagus sylvatica

Native to S. E. and Midland England. …. Dominant and climax tree on chalk and some well-drained sands.  Much planted in policies, woods, gardens and parks in all parts.  Frequent in shelter-belts, especially in s. Scotland, also as garden-hedges.  Old … Continue reading

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Proust on Photography

‘Proust himself was deeply ambivalent about photography and its interference with the emotional “truth” of a memory-infused observation, writing that “a photograph acquires something of the dignity which it ordinarily lacks when it ceases to be a reproduction of reality … Continue reading

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Cafe Culture 3

On 6th February I mentioned some favourite cafes in Trieste and Prague.  I’ve looked at negative files from visits in 2003 and 2004 and found that, however much I liked the coffee, I made little effort to photograph the café.  … Continue reading

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For Sergio Lorrain

‘Wandering around.  (KATH GROUNDED).  In your hands the magic box.  You walk in peace; aware, in the garden of forms.  Undistracted, surprised enjoying the living sculpture of reality.  A glimpse!, you stop.  You have the entrance, the veil is out.  … Continue reading

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