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Oak, Fulbourn Fen

Oak tree shadow, Fulbourn Fen, Saturday 4th December 2021

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Artist’s Portraits

The editor of the RA Magazine for winter 2021 has asked contributors to nominate their favourite depictions of artists.  Five have chosen works by photographers. Gabriella Boyd: Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a record of a 15-year period … Continue reading

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Cormorants, River Cam

Walk from Bait’s Bite Lock to Clayhithe yesterday – sunny and chilly.  Dunnock, wren, robin and blackbirds flitting in and out of the hedges; mallard, dabchick, moorhen and mute swan idling on the water.  Five cormorants sat, gloomy sentinels, on … Continue reading

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Sleaford War Memorial

Sleaford cemetery yesterday. Unusual War Memorial in the form of an angel. ‘To the glory of God and in everlasting remembrance of all the men from Sleaford, Holdingham and Durrington, who died for their country in the Great War 1914-1919.  … Continue reading

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Wisteria

The late autumn joy of wisteria in afternoon sun.

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Ambivalent Aura – Comment

I’ve now received kind comments on the book from Professor Caroline Vout, Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology.  Dear Brian I wanted to thank you, in my capacity as Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology, for your lovely … Continue reading

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Reading Women 7

The centrality of the depiction of the human figure within western art set the context for the theme of nude figures reading.  What are such pictures about?  The body or the reading, sex or the intellect?  Are they provocative and … Continue reading

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Another Ambivalent Aura

Hermaphoditus was the intersex deity of the ancient world.  In one version of the myth, she/he was intersex at birth. Ovid, however, has the nymph Salamacis fall in love with the male Hermaphoditus and wish that they might become one.  … Continue reading

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Wandlebury

Unseasonal late September weather: half hidden highland cattle shelter from the sun in a sea of bleached grass.

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Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo is a small tree native to the Mediterranean region and western Europe. Its fruit resembles the strawberry, hence the common name strawberry tree.  The fruit is edible, but considered unpalatable, thus unedo.  When used it’s mostly in jam, marmalade, yogurt and alcoholic beverages, such as … Continue reading

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Reading Women 2

I mentioned that I had signed up for a U3Ac course, ‘Reading women: Questioning image and meaning(s)’ in my post on 8th September.  The first class was held yesterday and looks as it will give me things to write about … Continue reading

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Booze in the Pews

A church has decided to change its name from St Michael’s to St Mick’s in an attempt at attract younger people to the congregation.  Perhaps we will soon see St Andy’s, St Maggie’s and St Matt’s.  All Saints, St Ives, … Continue reading

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White Poplar

White poplar, Quy Fen – colour or black and white?

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Shutter Hub OPEN 20/21

My post on 30th December 2020 said that two for my pictures had been accepted for the Shutter Hub OPEN 20/21. After problems with the proposed venue and delays due to Covid 19, the OPEN 20/21 exhibition is now open. … Continue reading

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River Cam

We walked the tow path along the Cam upstream from Clayhithe on Tuesday.  The trees along the river were redolent of the heavy, cloying scent of late flowering ivy; and emitted the gentle hum of thousands of foraging bees collecting … Continue reading

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