Category Archives: Uncategorized

‘The Itinerary’

‘A Syrian refugee burns a raincoat to warm himself at a refugee camp, at the border between Greece and FYROM: 12 March 2016 near the village of Eidomeni, Greece.  Yannis Kolesidis’  The caption on a photograph in the exhibition ‘The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Woolf Inspired

‘Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings’ at the Fitzwilliam is a treat, even if you don’t think much of her literary style or content.  Drawing on work by over 80 artists from the mid-19th Century to today, it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Going Spiral

‘The English landscape is full of spires and towers pointing to the heavens. A unique mixture of landscape and building—the horizontal and the vertical—conditions that change in different weather and varying lights and atmospheres. Spires in all their variety, set … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Infinite Clouds

Dr Hannah Fry explored the brain numbing concept of infinity in her excellent recent series on BBC4, ‘Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths’.  She showed that there may be more than one infinity and how to get a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 2. Looking at Pictures

My aim for the Forum last Friday was to encourage members to talk about photography and photographs as a creative medium, an art form.  We looked at the unique nature of photography, the challenges it poses and some critical analysis.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.  Last weekend, 7th and 8th October, Laura Pearson-Clark exhibited 1000 origami cranes at the Chequer Studio, Ely.  The delicate screen of cranes in flight was her celebration of full recovery from Postnatal Depression.   … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wallace Collection

In my rambling around London on Wednesday I stumbled on the Wallace Collection at Hertford House, Manchester Square.  It’s a collection of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries; and part of the rich collection of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Paddington Street Gardens

There are plenty of good reasons for abandoning the Underground and walking the streets of London, not the least of these is the serendipitous discovery of new places.  Yesterday, I came across Paddington Street Gardens, where at five o’clock childrens’ … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fen Landscape 36 – Rampton

Today, on the edge of Rampton Wood, the reeds (Phragmites) waving, shimmering and rustling in Cottenham Lode made the gusty wind from the west visible and audible, something alive.  I thought about all those long exposure photographs that turn moving … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Consolations of Art

‘…it seems to me that only one intangible, religious faith apart, can be relied upon to see us happily through our last years.  It is art, which is infinite in itself, which can be creative or comforting, active or passive, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Propeller

Is this propeller blade bolted to the deck of the Queen Mary 2 a sculpture or a spare handy for some transatlantic emergency?  It’s definitely sculptural and has a clean formal beauty, but can a piece of pure engineering be … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Water Lilies

When I saw these water lilies growing in the corner of the lake at Quy Fen I was reminded at once of Peter Henry Emerson’s Gathering Water-Lilies (1868). Originally issued as a limited-edition photogravure print, the photograph of a man … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

William Ison

Quy Fen is a wildlife haven and a rare place to find cattle grazing in the Fens – income from the grazing is shared by the neighbouring villages. In earlier times villagers had the right to cut hay or pea … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nina

              Annina Frances Human, 24th April 1947 – 31st August 2018

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Fen Landscape 35 – Cottenham

Saturday 25th August 2018.  This morning walked along Cottenham Lode from Cottenham to Rampton, between Little North Fen and Great North Fen.  Sunny and breezy; candyfloss cumulous clouds over fields of russet linseed and bleached blond barely-harvestable barley.  At Rampton … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment