Category Archives: Urban Ephemera

Urban: of a city or town. Ephemera: short-live duration or interest. Urban ephemera: the transient juxtaposition of things is our daily lives. The perfect subject for the voracious camera? It negates ephemera by rendering it permanent. Photographing ephemera is oxymoronic.

Letterbox

Avignon, defensive letter box. Above: the Fort Saint Andre at Villeneuve-lès-Avignon built by Philippe le Bel in the first half of the 14th Century.  Below: ‘No ads* in my letterbox thank you  *Yes to the local newspaper’. Photo: Letterbox, Avignon, … Continue reading

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Sundial & Shadows

The earliest sundials known from archaeological records are shadow clocks used in ancient Egypt and Babylon around 1500 BC. In about 700 BC, the Old Testament describes a sundial, the ‘dial of Ahaz’, in Isaiah 38:8 and 2 Kings 20:11. … Continue reading

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Avignon Trompe l’oeil in 2011

‘Legendary characters stealthily occupy the city of the Popes. During your stroll in the historic city, raise your eyes: following a street, behind a window you’ll catch sight of the Prince of Homburg, Scapin, Macbeth, Marianne, Lorenzaccio, Harpagon, Antigone, Hamlet, … Continue reading

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Clocks

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, / Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, / Silence the pianos and with muffled drum / Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.  The first, less well-known, version … Continue reading

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Pink

A Google search tells me that: ‘The color pink represents caring, compassion and love. The pink color stands for unconditional love and understanding, and is associated with giving and receiving care. Since pink is a combination of red and white, … Continue reading

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Roadway Observation Society

Crossovers between culture, art and media fascinate me.  I’ve reproduced below a panel of text from ‘The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945’ exhibition at the Barbican (photos are my additions). Vernacular In recent years, architects have found a … Continue reading

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A Piece of Ephemera

In the spirit of my post on 20th February 2017, I recorded this yesterday.  I’ve started planning how to make these ephemera pictures into a photo book, working title A Piece of Ephemera. Photo: Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, March 2017

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Ephemera Revisited

I’ve posted 129 entries under Urban Ephemera since the first on 18th October 2010.  Visiting Cherry Hinton Hall on Saturday I saw a couple of things – a summer litter bin and an empty paddling pool – that reminded me … Continue reading

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First Snow

First snow of the winter this morning.  Not very much, but with the cold and wind too miserable to cycle into town, so took the bus.  A snowy windscreen on the upper deck a screensaver for the sights of Cambridge.  … Continue reading

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Tesco Dots

Sitting having coffee at the Costa in the Milton Tesco, I was struck by the repeated pattern of dots on the window and on the trolley shelters and the fortuitous star/sun burst.  After cursed myself for not having  camera with … Continue reading

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Cheltenham Signs

Is this urban ephemera?  The signs are from a past age, mostly for products that no longer exist and hence ephemeral.  Yet, unlike modern advertising they are made to last, and have, and hence are durable, if not quite eternal.  … Continue reading

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Trolley Fall

Photo: Fisher Square, Cambridge, 160524

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Public Squalor

This morning I walked from Chesterton into the centre of Cambridge along the river.  The boats moored along the right bank are a continuing source of fascination with their endless variations on what makes a floating home.  Generally I welcome … Continue reading

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Street Piano

        Photo: Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, April 2016

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Zoological Ephemera

Exhibits in the University of Cambridge Zoology Museum are anything but ephemeral.  Carefully preserved, they have endured for generations – the Museum opened in 1865.  But the redevelopment of the Museum has given a new ephemeral existence the exhibits – … Continue reading

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