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I’ve been tinkering with photography again. The 15 pictures in this latest book are, of cans gathered from gutters, scrubbed and scanned (cameraless photography). I see them as part of a continuing project, ‘Remains’. Many thanks to David Horan for … Continue reading
Rook under a lime tree, Mowbray Road, Cambridge, yesterday. The corvidae are among the most intelligent of birds. This one, probably hit by a car, was not quite clever enough.
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Finding pleasure in contemplating decay is perverse, according to Christopher Woodward’s In Ruins. But pleasure there seems to be, hence the queues at palaces, temples and castles around the world. Are we subconsciously facing up to our own inevitable demise, … Continue reading
I went into the garden yesterday morning to collect fallen apples and was presented with evidence of nature red in beak and claw flourishing in my suburban garden. Wood pigeon wing and tail feathers were scattered across the grass; and … Continue reading
I’ve applied to join the U3AC Photography Forum in 2018-19. If successful I think I shall focus my efforts on trying to improve the way the Forum talks about photography and photographs, see post 16th June 2018. There are many … Continue reading
Banksy is the best-known (and best?) of the graffiti artists whose work has blurred the distinction between art and vandalism. Local authorities don’t like graffiti. Cambridge City Council’s web site says: ‘Graffiti is illegal. It spoils property and can be … Continue reading
I’m reading Mark Cocker’s Our Place – Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late? A sharp focus for his criticism of the way we mistreat our wildlife and countryside is the creation of vast areas of coniferous … Continue reading
Jitka Brynjolffssen ran Friday’s session on still life, which she defined as: ‘A genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life … Continue reading
These warning tapes flapping in the breeze are reminiscent of Buddhist prayer flags. Yellow symbolises the element earth and the east; horizontal flags, are called Lung Dar. Prayer flags should always be still and it is considered disrespectful if they … Continue reading
Benjamin Franklin, someone never short of a good quote, famously said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. When choosing fresh fish the advice is to: check the smell; test for taut flesh; and look for bright … Continue reading
There are good public health reasons for taking care over the disposal of human corpses. The manner of disposal is often dominated by spiritual concerns or a desire to show respect for the dead or both, and may be carried … Continue reading
Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Ozymandias warns: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ / Nothing beside remains. Round the decay /…’. It is not just the ruination of the works of … Continue reading
This male grey squirrel was foolish enough to climb a local three-phase power supply array, meeting an untimely death and blacking out several properties near Waterbeach. Photo: Grey Squirrel, Waterbeach, Cambs 170624
On 17th August 1847 the railway line linking Cambridge with St Ives and St Ives with Huntingdon was opened to traffic. The line ran on trestles across the River Ouse at Houghton. The St Ives – Huntingdon line was closed … Continue reading
Remains of a swan found by the River Cam just downstream from Bottisham Lock. Two mysteries. First, what species is it? Probably a Mute, but as the head was missing it I wasn’t able to tell. It had not been … Continue reading