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.

Athens Shops

Walking around Athens I was struck by the number of shops and small businesses trading under apartment buildings in side streets under, often taking advantage of shady arcades.  Some of these were eccentric, like collections of oily old car engines … Continue reading

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Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum of Greek Culture in Athens has an air of style, learning and privilege about it.  This is not surprising as it was established to house the collection of the wealthy and well-connected Antonis Benakis.  What was surprising, … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 22: Mobile Phone Photography

On Friday Jitka Brynjolffssen explored the potential of mobile phone photography.  Even in the short history of photography the phone’s rise has been remarkable: 1997 first patent, 2000 first cameras, 2007 smart phones and today ubiquitous.  Its benefits include: convenience, … Continue reading

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Six Days in Athens 2019

Thursday 6th June  Awake at six o’clock: blackbird singing; thrum of traffic on Kallirois drifting in; later, bells from nearby St. Panteleimon Ilissos.  Walked up to National Archaeological Museum via:  Hadrian’s Arch and Temple of Olympian Zeus; fine exhibition of … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 9

The subject here is taking a four-fold moment: smoking; reading a letter; finding shade from the sun; and escaping the crowds ticking off the Acropolis on their holiday to-do lists.  Even a tree root provides a comfortable perch under the … Continue reading

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Six Days in St David’s 2019

Sunday 19th May  Walked out to St David’s Head past Trwynhwrddyn and Porth Lleuog.  Paths edged by foxgloves, dog daises, campions, sea pinks and buttercups; lichen encrusted rocks on carpets of squill.  Distant horizon across a gently rolling grey-green sea; … Continue reading

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Stripping Away

It’s frustrating half-remembering things.  I read recently (in a book, in a magazine?) of the idea that paintings create a world by building up from nothing on a blank canvas, while photographs start with the real world then strip things … Continue reading

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North Norfolk Days

Sunday 14th April A10 north to King’s Lynn – fields of rape glowing in the sun against an ashen sky.  A149 to the NN coast and through Holm, Thornham and Titchwell.  Down to the beach at Brancaster in a chilly … Continue reading

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Blakeney Angels

Panel from a south window in St Nicholas, Blakeney.  Gregory’s quote is conveniently shortened, if Wikipedia is to be believed: ‘Non Angli, sed angeli, si forent Christiani.– “They are not Angles, but angels, if they were Christian”.  Aphorism, summarizing words … Continue reading

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Carre Arms, Sleaford

Lunch at the Carre Arms on Saturday – cheese soufflé, salad and a glass of wine.  Wikipedia gives a potted history of the Carres ‘During the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the Hussey family owned the manor of Old … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 16

I failed to admit in my previous posting that photography at Shingle Street on Sunday ended prematurely when my camera battery ran out.  I took a single final shot on my phone.  Lessons: make sure the battery is charged, or … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 15

Sunday 13th January 2019.  A buffeting wind gusted in from the west setting the reeds in the Oxley Marshes in a nonstop dance.  It whined in machinery and wires; the Union Jacks flapped and snapped, their ropes tapping against the … Continue reading

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Shingle Street – Changes

The beach at Shingle Street has a strange new feature (new since I was there in July 2018): a steep sided crater-like depression 40-50 metres in diameter and maybe five to six metres deep.  It is separated from the sea … Continue reading

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Snettisham Solstice

The winter solstice, the 24-hour period with the fewest daylight hours, is no longer celebrated by most people: the observance of Christmas has replaced its mystical pagan significance for Christians; and the season of shopping, partying and excess has swept away … Continue reading

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Bass Maltings

Until a few months ago my mental image of Sleaford was shaped by crawling through the town centre on the A15 to Lincoln – so, an outdated picture as a bypass opened in 1993.  Circumstances mean that I’m now getting … Continue reading

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