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Snettisham Mud

At the early morning high tide the water lapped the shore like brown Windsor soup slopping in a bowl carried by a doddering waiter.  The sea retreated leaving a smooth chocolate desert finish to the beach.  Determined parents desperate to … Continue reading

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Cliffing – Snettisham

What is ‘cliffing’?  Irrational attendance at Cliff Richard concerts?  The act of falling off a cliff?  Noun or verb?  The Urban Dictionary offers ‘To talk/sing to one’s self’.   The Oxford English Dictionary makes it a noun:  ‘The action or sport … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Kingfisher Bridge

‘Since 1995, the Kingfishers Bridge nature reserve has transformed 250 acres of farmland into a variety of wetland habitats and become a vital sanctuary for numerous endangered species of the Fens. Situated some ten miles north of Cambridge and bordered … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Quy Fen

Two views of Quy Fen taken 30 minutes apart, 12th March 2021.

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Painting and Photography

When he saw the first daguerreotype around 1840, the French painter Paul Delaroche (1797-1856), declared: ‘From today, painting is dead’.  He was wrong, of course, instead painting was liberated to develop creative new ways of exploring, understanding and depicting the … Continue reading

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Women in Photography 2

I said on the 26th that some histories of photography pay the contribution of women scant attention.  Really, that was just an impression and not backed up by any evidence, so I thought I’d look a bit more carefully at … Continue reading

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The Dig – Merci Lack

Watching The Dig on Netflix was a good way to spend a bitter Saturday afternoon: a fascinating story told through a well-made, well-acted film, albeit with a heavy seasoning of fiction and romance.  Both fiction and romance (and some drama) … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 21 Apollo and Bacchus

Apollo and Bacchus are wrapped in green, not for Mrs Grundylike reasons of propriety, but to protect their delicate parts from the frost and snow.  Along with the other stone members of Anglesey Abbey’s pantheon, far from the mild Mediterranean, … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 20 – Genius of Eternal Repose

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Pasithea, in Greek mythology one of the Charites (Graces), and the personification of relaxation, meditation, hallucinations and all other altered states of consciousness. Daughter of Zeus. Figure: The Genius of Eternal Repose, after Ferdinand Barbedienne, 1993, resin; origin unknown (original … Continue reading

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Shutter Hub – Poetry

News from Shutter Hub; and an invitation to submit photographs. ‘We’re really excited to let you know that we are launching Shutter Hub Editions in 2021, our new publishing house. Shutter Hub Editions will be creating a collection of beautiful … Continue reading

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The Shutter Hub OPEN 20/21

The Shutter Hub OPEN 20/21 is still on schedule to open in July and August 2021 at Gallery 5&33 and Art’otel Amsterdam.   The plan is to have 175 Newspaper Club prints filling the walls.  The exhibiting photographers will be announced … Continue reading

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Winter

No sun — no moon! / No morn — no noon —  / No dawn — no dusk — no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, / No comfortable feel in any member — / No … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 11 – Augustus

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Augustus was a Roman statesman and military leader who became the first emperor of the Roman Empire, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. He was the first ruler of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Figure: Augustus, one of … Continue reading

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Cottenham at Random

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Corona Diary

Are we about to go into coronavirus lockdown again?  It sometimes feels that we might, but I hope not – the hundred plus lost days from late March to early July now seem like a bad dream.  Most of my … Continue reading

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