Category Archives: Travels

Photographs taken during travels outside the UK and being collated into a photo book. Pictures included here are emerging from the selection process, but may not be included finally.

Balloons

I don’t know how environmentally friendly balloon flights are – a lot of fuel is burnt, recovery vehicles trundle around and the burns are noisy, if short.  But it does seem to be the ultimate in slow tourism, a leisurely … Continue reading

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Massawa

Life in Massawa in the late 1940s seemed like some compensation for the separations and privations of the War.  Being the wife of a senior police officer in the British administration brought both status and servants.  Other hands eased the … Continue reading

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Djahazi

I mentioned photographers using traditional cameras in Venice in my piece about the Guggenheim on 20th September.  This photographer is going even further back: it looks as if he’s using a Box Brownie No.2 dating from the 1930s, or maybe … Continue reading

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Dolgellau Market

Dolgellau Market, 12th June 2009.  ‘It’s a slow start, with a few single and double deck trailers bringing in sheep – lambs, rams, hoggets.  Just before noon the auctioneer and his female assistant stroll across the yard ringing a hand … Continue reading

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Aldeburgh

‘We settle onto Room 206 at around 3.15 pm.  A second floor room with a view: a narrow strip of road; a wide shingle beach; herring gulls floating by at eye-level; and the tranquil sea stretching to a hazy horizon.  … Continue reading

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Pied Piper

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is the eponymous character in a legend dating back to the Middle Ages from the German town of Hamelin.  The story describes a piper dressed in multi-coloured clothing, who is a rat-catcher hired by the … Continue reading

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Tourism – Discontent

‘Costing the Earth: Tourist Tide’, BBC Radio 4, 6th September tried to give a balanced view of the dilemmas posed by tourism’s costs and benefits.  This photo predates the current summer of discontent by almost ten years and shows that … Continue reading

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Guggenheim, Venice

The Guggenheim in Venice is one of my favourite small museums (or is at a gallery?).  It embodies Peggy Guggenheim’s dedication to the advancement of 20th century art – I think Giacometti’s Woman Walking (1936) is worth the cost of … Continue reading

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Delft Memorial

Christian countries and cultures discouraged cremation historically; the body was considered sanctified by the sacraments, therefore requiring respectful disposal. The dead were buried, following the practice common in ancient Rome.  However, the idea that cremation might interfere with God’s ability … Continue reading

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Modern Architecture

On the visit to the Attenborough Building, part of the new Museums Site, Cambridge, the guide from Fauna and Flora International spoke with great enthusiasm about the modernist complex of buildings in which it’s housed (see post 9th September 2017).  … Continue reading

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Venice

John Keats died in Rome in 1821.  He wished to be interred under a tombstone bearing only the words, ‘Here lies One whose Name was writ in Water.’  His friends, Severn and Brown erected the stone, but added a relief … Continue reading

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Essaouira

‘Past the fish market and the landing area where men in blue squat gutting fish, attended by hordes of well-fed herring gulls….Fish are packed on ice in plastic crates and carted away from the quayside.  Meagre catches rest in baskets … Continue reading

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Basilica Cistern

DH asked, ‘Anyone familiar with Istanbul?’  I replied, ‘Have been to Istanbul, but can’t claim to be very familiar with it.  Fabulous place, though.’  It left many enduring impressions.  I was at first little disappointed by the Basilica Cistern, it … 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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Technical Perfection

See http://www.wexphotographic.com/blog/features/perspective-does-technical-perfection-in-images-matter/ for an interesting piece on the quest for perfection.  I agree with what Ben Davis says in referring to Lange’s Migrant Mother: ‘Such is the power and depth of emotion in the image that any slight errors are … Continue reading

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