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Fen Landscape – Cottenham

Early evening walk, Cottenham, 3rd July 2021.

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Beechwoods Revisited

Yesterday, first walk in the Beechwoods since early spring.  Almost dog and people free.  Wrens and blackbirds in summer song.  I had forgotten how dense the canopy can be in some places. Questions.  Are the woods at their most beautiful … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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 38

‘In the contemporary city, the eyes on screens often outnumber those on the street.’

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Congregational Chapel, Reach

The Congregational Chapel in Reach was built in 1862.  It could seat 290 worshipers and in its day was extremely well-supported.  The Fens have a long dissenting tradition: the Church of England was never popular, being seen as all too … Continue reading

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Snettisham Mud

At the early morning high tide the water lapped the shore like brown Windsor soup slopping in a bowl carried by a doddering waiter.  The sea retreated leaving a smooth chocolate desert finish to the beach.  Determined parents desperate to … Continue reading

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Cliffing – Snettisham

What is ‘cliffing’?  Irrational attendance at Cliff Richard concerts?  The act of falling off a cliff?  Noun or verb?  The Urban Dictionary offers ‘To talk/sing to one’s self’.   The Oxford English Dictionary makes it a noun:  ‘The action or sport … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Kingfisher Bridge

‘Since 1995, the Kingfishers Bridge nature reserve has transformed 250 acres of farmland into a variety of wetland habitats and become a vital sanctuary for numerous endangered species of the Fens. Situated some ten miles north of Cambridge and bordered … Continue reading

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Fen Landscape – Quy Fen

Two views of Quy Fen taken 30 minutes apart, 12th March 2021.

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Painting and Photography

When he saw the first daguerreotype around 1840, the French painter Paul Delaroche (1797-1856), declared: ‘From today, painting is dead’.  He was wrong, of course, instead painting was liberated to develop creative new ways of exploring, understanding and depicting the … Continue reading

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