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Karl Parsons

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

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North Fen, Cottenham

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

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 13: Morality and Controversy in Photography

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

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Rampton Rectory and All Saints

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

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Edward Burne-Jones

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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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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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

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

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

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Cheltenham Bubble Clock

The Bubble, or Wishing Fish, Clock was designed by Kit Williams in 1985 as the centrepiece for the Regent Arcade in Cheltenham. The clock’s mechanism was built by Michael Harding.  Fourty-five feet tall, it is said to be the tallest … Continue reading

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Annie Albers

Yesterday, to see the Annie Albers Exhibition at Tate Modern.  The Tate web site sets the scene.  ‘As a female student at the radical Bauhaus art school, Albers [1899-1994] was discouraged from taking up certain classes. She enrolled in the … Continue reading

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Fenscape 33 Quy Fen

I’ve bought a copy of Drained by Paul Hart (Dewi Lewis 2018), photographs of 40 or so Fen landscapes in muted monochrome.  The flat peaty fields lie under sombre skies as dykes, pylons and roads lead out to distant horizons.  … Continue reading

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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