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.

Vismarkt, Bruges

At one time fish was sold in an open air corner of the Bruges Vismarkt, but local people complained about the smell and in 1821 the fishmongers were moved to a covered arcade.  A colonnade with 126 Tuscan column encloses … Continue reading

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Playing Statues

The idea of statues, inanimate figures, coming to life dates back at least to Pygmalion and his ideal ivory woman brought alive by Aphrodite.  It has been the subject of many interpretations from Pinocchio to Chuckie and The Winter’s Tale … Continue reading

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Lincoln by Borglum

A Capitol tour guide stands in front of a bust of Abraham Lincoln by Gutzon Borglum.  The son of Danish immigrants, Borglum was born in 1867 in St. Charles, a child of Mormon polygamy. He was active in the committee … Continue reading

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FDR Memorial

When I visited Washington I found the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial the most moving of tributes along the National Mall.  Designed overall by Lawrence Halprin, the sculpture The Rural Couple is by George Segal.  I don’t know what influenced Segal, … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 22 – Cityscapes

Mike Morrish led a session looking at cityscape photographs by members of the Forum.  He defined cityscapes as: A photograph of the physical aspects of a city or urban area.  It is the urban equivalent of a landscape.  The city … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 13 – Travel Photography

Members of the Forum submitted around 40 travel photographs for discussion.  The RPS definition of travel photography was used as a guide: ‘Images that express a feeling of a time and place, portray a land, its people or a culture … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 11 – Street Photography

‘Street photography: observing or connecting?’ was the question Jane Lynas and I posed to the U3AC Photography Forum yesterday.  Our starting points were that street photography: pictures people and everyday life in public spaces; relies on serendipity and ambiguity; explores … Continue reading

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Grave Humour

Fritz Spiegl trawled Britain’s graveyards and collected a mass of comic and curious memorial inscriptions.  They were collated into A Small Book of Grave Humour, first published in 1971.   Among the entries was: ‘Here lays John Tyrwitt, / A learned … Continue reading

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Flags

This house in Berlin, Maryland, displays three American icons: a stoop, a Bald Eagle and the Stars and Stripes.  I can’t claim to know the United States very well – just three visits as a tourist – but I get … Continue reading

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Assateague Island

‘After breakfast we drove from Berlin to Assateague Island, which lies off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia.  It’s a long – 37 miles – sandy barrier island with dunes and wind-formed pine trees between the Atlantic to the east … Continue reading

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Contrails

‘Contrails present a bit of a dilemma for cloudspotters.  On the one hand, they are both interesting to observe and often very beautiful. …. On the other hand, there is growing evidence that the preponderance of contrails is having a … Continue reading

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The Hand

The Hand.  ‘Ray Kaskey worked with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials to create a sculpture that would reflect their mission.  From early on, Kaskey conceived of a monumental work that would dominate the space in a dramatic way and … Continue reading

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Shades in the Water

We leaned over the railing on the Pont d’Avignon hoping, Narcissus like, to admire our reflections in the slowly passing Rhone.  Instead we looked down on two hazy grey shadows, shades, ghosts of the people we thought we were or … Continue reading

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A Pigeon Sat….

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a 2014 surreal black-comedy film by Roy Andersson.  The title references The Hunters in the Snow, 1565, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, which depicts a rural winter scene with birds … Continue reading

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1,000th Post

This is my one thousandth post; the first was a picture of Southwark Bridge on 18th October 2010.  Each post has at least one photograph, some several, so well over a thousand pictures in total (including some not by me).  … Continue reading

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