Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Ghostsigns of Clapham

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Ghostsigns are the old advertisments that were painted directly onto the brick on the sides of buildings. They are gradually fading away, although occasionally a new one is revealed when a modern poster site is removed for maintenance. Clapham is one of the best areas of London to see them.

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You can find out more about ghostsigns at the Ghostsigns website and at Painted Signs and Mosaics. and see more of my photos of them on Flickr.

Edit – 26/04/2017: I recently noticed two ghostsigns I hadn’t seen before on Lavender Hill. I’ve added them to the gallery. One is easily readable, but I can’t make out anything at all on the last one, although you can see that once there were six separate panels.

Also, the TV, Audio, Video Repair sign has been painted over and is gone for good.

Mawgan Porth out of Season

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

During the summer Mawgan Porth on Cornwall’s north coast is full of people, due in no small part to its sandy, family friendly beech. But it was looking very empty and sorry for itself when I went there yesterday.

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A Walk Along The Thames

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Here’s a few photos from a walk along the south bank of the Thames last night from London Bridge to Waterloo.

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The Chagall Windows at All Saints’ Church, Tudeley

Friday, November 18th, 2016

All Saints’ Church at Tudeley in Kent is famous worldwide for its stained glass windows by Russian artist Marc Chagall. The first of these was made in 1967 to commemorate the death of Sarah d’Avigdor-Goldsmid who drowned at the age of 21. When Chagall arrived for the installation of the east window and saw the church, he said, “It’s magnificent. I will do them all.” The last window was installed in 1985, the year of his death.

The windows are inspired by the words of Psalm 8, 4-8:

What is man that Thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that Thou dost visit him?
For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.
Thou hast made him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field,
the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

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The windows in the chancel and north aisle are of an intense blue and contrast greatly with the two large yellow windows which suffuse the nave in gold.

Panorama of Tudely Church chancelYou can see a 360° panorama tour of the interior of the church by clicking here.

The Yeo Sisters

Friday, August 26th, 2016

While I was photographing some more 360° panoramas for my ongoing series on the parish churches of Cornwall I came across this really touching memorial to three sisters of the Yeo family who all died young in the 1630s.

I’ve written out the full text below keeping the original spelling (errors and all), including the long s.

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Here lyeth the body of An Yeo who was buried on the 26 day of June Anno Domini 1633 being of the age of 14 years.

Here lyeth allso the body of Susanna Yeo who was buried on the 10 day of January Ano Dom 1634 being of the age of 20 years.

Here lyeth allso the body of Margreat Yeo who was buried on the 19 day of May Ano Dom 1638 being of the age of 20 years all which were the daughters of Edmond Yeo of this prſh eſq & Elizabeth his wife.

SUSANA MARGERET AN

Here ly entombed 3 ſiſters all ſweet girles
For graces rare for goodnes matchles perles
The youngeſt firſt did make up her account
And did ascend gods sion holy mount
The eldeſt not willing here to ſtay
went on with cheere thy hard but happy way
The ſecond laſt on cherub wings did fly
Unto the place of ioy the ſtarrie ſkie
Theire ſoules are mett theire bodies ſleepe in dust
And ſhall not wake till riſe againe the iuſt
when in the aire they ſhall theire iesus ſee
And with a com ye bleſſed bleſſed be

Easter Rising

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, here’s a photo of some graffiti on the General Post Office in Dublin on the 60th anniversary in 1976: Freedom Fighters Are Not Criminals.

Freedom Fighters Are Not Criminals

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Cornish Churches

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

St Columb Minor

I’ve just updated six of the 360° panoramas from my series of Cornish Parish Churches. The original panoramas were some of the first ones I ever made and although I thought they were quite good at the time I’d become increasingly dissatisfied with them. The ones I’ve replaced are St Ervan, St Mawgan, St Columb Major, St Columb Minor, St Wenn and Withiel.

St Columb Major

I was very lucky at St Columb Major that the church warden was there as the rood screen entrance to the chancel is normally locked, but she was more than happy to let me in. The chancel roof is a particularly fine example of Victorian restoration.

Withiel

Ravilious and The Cerne Abbas Giant

Monday, July 13th, 2015

I’ve now been twice to see the Eric Ravilious exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. I love his work, particularly the watercolours of the chalk downland and chalk hill figures. But I find his depiction of the Cerne Abbas Giant extremely puzzling. The giant is painted brown, rather than gleaming chalk white.

Revilious, Cerne Abbas Giant

It was painted in 1939 and some people have said that the figure was camouflaged to prevent German pilots using it as a landmark. But I thought that the hill figures weren’t covered over until early in 1940. In fact the exhibition catalogue states: “The following year [i.e. 1940 – the year after the painting was made] saw a mass turfing-over of chalk figures, to prevent enemy airmen using them as landmarks.” Despite searching for ages I can’t find any specific reference online that says exactly when the the Giant was camouflaged.

I’ve retouched a version of the painting to see what it would have looked like with the figure in white. Much as I like Ravilious’s painting, I think I would have preferred to see it this way.

Revilious, Cerne Abbas Giant in white

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Also interesting is how much Ravilious has changed the vertical scale of the hillside in order to give a clearer view of the Giant. Compare with this photograph which I took in 2012 from much the same position.

Cerne Abbas Giant

Medieval Galleries at the V&A

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Mitre - possibly belonging to Thomas BecketA couple of days ago I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the medieval galleries. Many years ago I photographed some of the objects in the collection for a wide-screen audio visual programme at the English Romanesque Art 1066-1200 exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in 1984. This included the mitre which is thought to have belonged to Thomas Becket. Being allowed to handle that was a real thrill. The programme mainly depicted the architecture of the period, and I spent many days photographing some of the best Romanesque buildings in the country, including Durham cathedral where we were given a key and told “This key opens any door in the building – make yourselves at home”.

The galleries have been improved immensely since those days and the objects are now beautifully displayed. Here are some of my favourites.

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Lloyds TSB Bank Lobby

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The lobby of the Lloyds TSB Bank at 222 Strand, London is a wonderful display of art nouveau tiling by Doulton painted by J H McLennan. Formerly a restaurant and built originally as the Palsgrove Hotel, this is the work of the architect G Cuthbert, and dates from 1883.

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