January 8th, 2015 by RoyReed
Earlier this week I drove up to the very north of Cornwall to photograph and make 360° panoramas of the churches at Morwenstow and Kilkhampton. They have some of the earliest features still to be seen on any Cornish church, both having Norman arches to the south door. In the case of Morwenstow a second Norman arch (reused from another church) was added when the porch was built, probably in the 15th century. Three bays of the north aisle also have Norman arches with zig-zag moulding.
From 1834 to 1875 Morwenstow was the parish of the Reverend Robert S Hawker who wrote what has become known as the Cornish Anthem, ‘The Song of the Western Men’ (also known as ‘Trelawny’).
The Song of the Western Men
A good sword and a trusty hand!
A merry heart and true!
King James’s men shall understand
What Cornish lads can do!
And have they fixed the where and when?
And shall Trelawny die?
Here’s twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why!
Out spake their Captain brave and bold:
A merry wight was he:-
“If London Tower was Michael’s hold,
We’d set Trelawny free!
“We’ll cross the Tamar, land to land:
The Severn is no stay:
With ‘one and all,’ and hand in hand;
And who shall bid us nay?
“And when we come to London Wall,
A pleasant sight to view,
Come forth! come forth! ye cowards all:
Here’s men as good as you.
“Trelawny he’s in keep and hold:
Trelawny he may die:
But here’s twenty thousand Cornish bold
Will know the reason why!”
Kilkhampton has a great collection of over 150 bench ends with religious or heraldic imagery. Many of these date from about 1380, but some that were in a bad state of repair were replaced with copies in the 1860s.
December 2nd, 2014 by RoyReed
And to wind up a few very busy weeks, a complete redesign of Performance & Wellbeing‘s website has just ‘gone live’.
PaW commissioned illustrator James Oses to produce a set of drawings for the site. These give a light touch and are a welcome relief from the more typical stock library photos that are all too common on small business websites.
November 12th, 2014 by RoyReed
I’ve just completed a redesign for The Alliance’s website. The new site has been made using WordPress and is based on the Smart theme by ThinkUp. It’s been heavily customised using a child theme and some extra bits in the functions.php file. The site is fully responsive and has been tested on various screen sizes, platforms and devices. It’s been a very nice project to work on.
October 31st, 2014 by RoyReed
A second graffiti by Loretto has just appeared in Clapham – on Landor Road, just round the corner from Clapham North tube. This one depicts a man and woman sitting at a table, but the woman’s head has turned into a TV screen menu which the man is selecting from using a remote control. I love the cat sitting under the man’s chair.
Click on the image to see it larger (and to see a close-up).
October 21st, 2014 by RoyReed
A new Banksy-like graffiti has appeared just off Clapham High Street. The work is the creation of graffiti artist Loretto and depicts the evolution of man from the apes to the job centre – a great commentary on the current political situation.
October 6th, 2014 by RoyReed
Two days ago I went to Polzeath to take some panoramic photos. My main objective was to create a wide image to make into a large print (I still haven’t processed all of the photos yet and only done a couple of test stitches) but while I was there I made a 360° panorama for my website.
Very stupidly I totally forgot to shoot one section of the panorama, but I managed to repair this by using two of the photos I’d taken for one of the print shots. If you know where to look you can just see where the patch is, but I’m still quite pleased with the result. In my defence, I was in a position on the edge of a 10 metre drop where I couldn’t walk round the tripod as I panned the camera, but even so it was a silly mistake and I was lucky to be able to salvage the image.
August 22nd, 2014 by RoyReed
Yesterday I went for a walk with a friend along the towpath of the Regent’s Canal from Paddington Basin to the start of the Islington tunnel. Here’s a few of the photos I took on the way.
And here’s a few more photos from our walk from the canal back to King’s Cross.
August 18th, 2014 by RoyReed
I’ve just added some new panoramas of Brixton to my website. These include two of Windrush Square, two in Market Row (one of Brixton’s covered markets) and one on the corner of Electric Avenue and Atlantic Road. These add to the older ones I made a couple of years ago of the Brixton Windmill and the walled garden in Brockwell Park, which I’ve remade to a higher resolution.
I was going to do some in Brixton Village (what used to be known as the Granville Arcade in the good old days) but some over-zealous security guard stopped me taking photos. I’d particularly wanted to do a panorama here, as one of my earliest memories – I must have been about 3½ – is of the pet shop with the wolf-whistling mynah bird.
The covered markets have changed a lot since I was a kid. Where there were once butchers, greengrocers, fishmongers and shops selling pots and pans, bolts of cloth, pretty much anything you could imagine, there are now a series of chi-chi little eateries full of hipsters thinking they’re being cool by coming to ‘edgy’ Brixton.
July 22nd, 2014 by RoyReed
I was interviewed today by the Spitalfields Life website about the photographs of Billingsgate Market which I published recently. While I was going to the meeting I stopped to take some photos around St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate church. The most unusual feature is a Turkish Baths, just outside the church courtyard, dating back to 1895. It looks very out of place surrounded as it is by modern high-rise office blocks, although today it’s run as Turkish restaurant.
Between the Turkish Baths and the church is a classical red-brick building that was once the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, then a school and now the church hall. In the niches on the front of the building are figures of charity children, a boy and a girl, sculpted in Coade stone. These sculptures are copies of the originals which reside within.
Inside the church is a lovely plaque commemorating those who fell in the First World War.
Altogether a very tranquil corner of what is a very busy part of the City of London.
June 10th, 2014 by RoyReed
I had a trip to Cambridge at the weekend which included going up the tower of Great St Mary’s church. It was quite a climb up a very narrow spiral staircase. Luckily there were plenty of places where you could stop to get your breath and let people going in the opposite direction pass.
The photos were each made from three RAW originals from my Fuji F600 processed in Lightroom and stitched together using PTGui.
Click on the images to see them larger.