Novelty buttons: made in Taiwan and China; packaged at 950 Jennings Street Unit 1B, Bethlehem PA 18017, USA; sold farmers market Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK; price £2.50.
I made the mistake of trying to get to Ickworth House using TomTom on Saturday. The man at the Shell garage was much more helpful. But there was a bonus: an unwonted tour of Suffolk took me to Hawstead and … Continue reading
Forced to make the choice, I’d opt for black and white photography over colour. Part of the reason may lie in habit and tradition: it’s what I grew up with and learned in the darkroom. Monochrome is timeless. Then there … Continue reading
The 9th East Norfolk Regiment taking the Sikh batteries and camp ‘at the point of the bayonet’ on the second day of the Battle of Ferozeshah, 21st – 22nd December 1845. Diorama presented to the Ancient House Museum, Thetford, by … Continue reading
I wasn’t far into the Don McCullin exhibition at Tate Britain today before Brexit ennui and despair asserted themselves: in a world beset by state and personal violence it’s self-indulgence to flirt with nationalism and move away from cooperation. At … Continue reading
Walled Garden, Chippenham Park, Cambridgeshire, 6th March 2019: grass; a beech hedge with russet winter leaves; a needle-clad pine; and a naked deciduous tree.
On Friday Sue Fifer treated the Forum to the lively story of how she dealt with the 11,000 slides (mounted transparencies) left by her late husband. Here are her rules. 1. Don’t put it off. 2. Do it alone. 3. … Continue reading
The Greek gods were a vengeful and devious lot: Prometheus was chained to a rock while a vulture pecked out his liver; Tantalus was condemned to stand in water, food and drink forever out of reach; Zeus disguised himself a … Continue reading
Search on-line for ‘My bath has two silver taps’ and you will learn more that you will ever, ever need to know about silver taps, but you won’t be led to the poet who used it as a first line. … Continue reading
Repeat postings of photographs of Great and Little North Fens, Cottenham, on this blog can be explained in part by the fact that I walk there fairly often. But that’s not the only thing. I’m fascinated by the fen landscape … Continue reading
Helen Cherry approached this under three broad headings: fake photographs; shocking photographs; and controversial art photographs. She took us from the Cottingley Fairies through the work of a wide range of photographers, including Robert Capa, Mikhael Subotsky, Eddie Adams, Nick … Continue reading
Ivy and bramble have taken over the old Rectory at Rampton; fatal cracks run down walls that are falling apart. It was built in yellow brick under a Welsh Slate roof sometime between 1855 and 1862 – a rambling pile … Continue reading
It’s plain that The Guardian’s art Critic, Jonathan Jones, did not like the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition at Tate Britain: ‘Almost everything else in the exhibition is art that disdains life.’ and ‘Burne-Jones proves how boring beauty can be.’ (22nd October … Continue reading
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I visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum on the 22nd. Wonderful pictures of wonderful things; and tragic pictures of tragic things. All are tributes to technical mastery with sophisticated equipment, no doubt. More … Continue reading
I did the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at 116 on Monday 28th. The count was: blue tit 2, great tit 2, blackbird 2, dunnock 2, robin 2, starling 1, jackdaw 2, jay 2 and magpie 2 – 17 birds of … Continue reading