Author Archives: Brian Human

St Margaret’s, Hermingford Abbots

Walking at Hemingford Abbots and Houghton yesterday. Bells drew us to the church of St Margaret of Antioch after lunch.  It’s one of some 250 such dedications in Britain.  Margaret, is known as Margaret of Antioch in the West, and … Continue reading

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Footfall: Nice Cover, Shame About the Book

‘Does the artist understand their work best?’  That’s the question posed in the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine, Summer 2021.  Yes, argues critic Matthew Holman, ‘because they possess a more profound understanding of what they are up to’.  No, says … Continue reading

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Footfall Final

I introduced my Walking project on 29th January 2021.  Around 50 photographs from it have appeared up to 29th May, when I described bringing the work together in a Blurb book, Footfall – copies arrived on the 7th June.  The … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Rampton

Walked out along Cow Lane, Rampton, yesterday – early to beat the sun. A favourite fen stroll. The scent of elder flowers has replace the cow parsley. A weasel and a muntjac deer ran across the road ahead of us. … Continue reading

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Final Frame – End of the Roll

From my reading about photography and photographers over the years I’ve accumulated a feeling that many a shoot has been saved by the telling image made on the last frame (not to be confused with a ‘film end’).  It’s probably … Continue reading

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Brandt for Children

Eighteen contributors to the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine (No. 151, summer 2021) were asked to nominate ‘The artists they think every child should see’. Just one, Lily Bertrand-Webb, herself a photographer, nominated a photographer. She said: ‘The photographer Bill … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 34 Vespasian

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Vespasian was Roman emperor from 69 to 79. The fourth and last in the Year of the Four Emperors, he founded the Flavian dynasty that ruled the Empire for 27 years. Figure: one of The Twelve Caesars, Italian (Roman) School … Continue reading

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Master of Photography

Last week was a modest feast of TV photography.  I watched the final of the re-run of Sky Arts 2017 Master of Photography contest (winner Gillian Allard); and caught the first in the BBC 4 series Great British Photography Challenge.  … Continue reading

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Blue Rope – Magog Down 2

I drew attention to the intrusive inclusion of the path in my Blue Rope photograph posted on 2nd May. I visited the Down yesterday (the cowslips have almost disappeared and the dog daisies are in waiting) and took a phone … Continue reading

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Photographic Ups and Downs

Thursday 27th was a day of photographic ups and downs. On the upside, the final version of my latest photobook, Footfall, was sent to Blurb for printing.  I tweaked a few of the pictures and included eight new ones that … Continue reading

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Bartlow

The pleasures of walking from Bartlow on Wednesday:  fresh air and quiet; rolling countryside (I spend too much time on the Fen edge); patterns of light and shade drifting across the landscape; fresh spring green oak and beech and hawthorn … Continue reading

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One Cold Hand Revisited

Did a four-mile circular walk from Bartlow yesterday. I saw this sign on the gate at the waste water treatment works between Bartlow and Ashdon. It took me back to making two early photo books: One Cold Hand – A … Continue reading

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Walking 45

‘I walk because I like it.  I like the rhythm of it…’

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Minsmere Regeneration

May 18th-22nd, four nights in Southwold; weather more autumn than spring, November rather than May. The 19th, a trip to Minsmere, despite the threat of rain; walking the Coast trail rewarded with swifts, warblers trilling, bitterns booming, terns carrying sand … Continue reading

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Walking 44

‘…the unexpected insights and juxtapositions…’

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