Monthly Archives: April 2022

Traces of Erewhon 18-21

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Fen Landscape – Rampton

Two photographs from a walk at Rampton in 23rd May 2022.

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U3AC Photography – Five Facets of Photography

The five-week course I ran in March/April seems to have been well received.  Of the 62% of attendees who gave formal feedback 92% thought it was excellent and 8% good against a range of criteria, giving an overall approval rating … Continue reading

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Photography in Fiction: The Dickens Boy

The Dickens Boy (Thomas Keneally, 2020) fictionalises the true story of the early years of Edward Dickens (known as Plorn), Charles Dickens’ youngest son, in Australia.  It is set largely on the remote sheep station at Momba, Wilcannia, New South … Continue reading

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Wednesday to Thursday: the twists and ups and downs of the roads around Cheltenham.  Saturday: winding through Grantchester, Barton, Comberton, Toft, Bourne and Longstowe (to see bluebells and oxlips in Hayley Woods).  Sunday: back on the familiar fen straights.

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Strawberry Fields – for real

Let me take you down‘Cause I’m going to strawberry fieldsNothing is realAnd nothing to get hung aboutStrawberry fields forever

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Spring Shadows 3

Beechwoods at Birdlip, Gloustershire, April 2022.

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Madingley Hall

The array of decorated chimneys seems emblematic of the complicated history of Madingley Hall.

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Anglesey Abbey

Climbing tree and screaming tree, Anglesey Abbey.

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Male Gaze – Female Gaze

This sculpture, by Matthew Derbyshire, outside Cambridge North Station depicts Greco-Roman deities Hercules and Galatea and is intended to question traditional perceptions. Galatea is shown as a strong, dynamic and empowered figure challenging Hercules, who is sculpted to appear rigid … Continue reading

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Painswick Beacon

‘Set on the Cotswold escarpment, Painswick Beacon is the site of an Iron Age hill fort. From there, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Cotswold Hills, the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean and the Brecon Beacons mountains.’

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Reading Photographs – U3AC 2022-23

I’ve put forward a proposal for a course, ‘Reading Photographs’, at the Cambridge U3A in spring 2023. What do you see when you look at a photograph?  What is it of?  Is this the same as what it’s about? Is … Continue reading

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Shingle Street Book – Comments

Roy Hammans ( shares my love of Shingle Street and has sent very kind comments on my book. Love the book, thank you for sending it. Although familiar with the location of course, it brought a whole new dimension to … Continue reading

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Traces of Erewhon 15-17

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Photography in Fiction: Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel is set in an unnamed city in northern Colombia, perhaps an amalgam of Cartagena and Barranquilla, in an undated period around 1875-1924 (or 1880-1930, sources differ).  The main characters are Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, who … Continue reading

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