Enclosed Pipe Garden
We left Paris on the EuroStar at a dusky late afternoon.
Reflective Triple Profile
Another shot of a window reflection of someone in another row of the train.
Reflections on Insecurity
Train window reflection of the iPhone of whoever was sitting in the row ahead of me.
It’s been a busy week for travel. Friday we took the train to Waterloo, then the tube to St Pancras, the EuroStar to Paris, and 2 Metros and a short walk to the hotel for Paris Photo. Walked about 8 miles around Paris before the Expo opened Saturday afternoon then wandered through the glorious (exhaustive and exhausting) expanse of it, along the way picking up a copy of Justine Kurland’s Girl Pictures (the 2020 Aperture edition not the one at the link) and meeting her when she signed the book. Sunday walked another 8 miles around Paris including a stop at the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Zoe Leonard exhibit. Then took the 2 Metros back to Gare du Nord to get the EuroStar back to St Pancras, the tube to Paddington and the train to Bristol, then a short cab ride to the hotel for Monday’s collage workshop with Justine Kurland at the Martin Parr Foundation. The Workshop was an all day session with about 12 students. Justine was fantastic – very engaging, discursive, open, collaborative, erudite and discussions with her have really forced me to re-evaluate what I’m doing in photography and how I can better strive to achieve the level of artistic mastery that she displays in her work. In particular I think it is pushing me to start using film in medium or large format again and get serious about more deliberate photographic subjects. Martin Parr wandered in now and again and was truly charming, one of the few male photographers to reach out positively to Justine about her SCUMB Manifesto (which I had previously bought as a gift for my collaging daughter). In the evening she gave a talk to a packed house which walked through several of her projects and was again, insightful, engaging and inspiring.
The next morning the cab to the train station never arrived, the rain was dashing down as we trundled our suitcase to the bus stop, getting drenched, then sat in Bristol traffic and passed the train station where construction has closed the bus stop and walked back through the rain and puddles to Bristol’s Temple Meads train station, hustled to the ticket window to upgrade our tickets for an earlier train we needed to catch to Paddington. Then the tube to Waterloo and the train back to Farnham where, panting, I just made it to my lecture on Queer Theory. Alas, rain had seeped into one of our bags and badly damaged the cover of Girl Pictures although, at least, none of the pages or images seems to have been harmed.
All this by way of excuse for not posting. More pictures to process and post soon.
Train Trip to Farnham
A Day trip to Farnham to see UCA (University for the Creative Arts). Once again, I slowed my shutter to gather motion-blurred images of the countryside.
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Some years ago I took a series of motion blurred pictures in Northern France from the window of the TGV from London, which I’ve always liked. I tried again here to capture the countryside blurred by the speed of the train and a too-slow shutterspeed.
We now interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you photos from the first two weeks of May taken hiking England’s Lake District. Pictures can scarcely do justice to the beauty of this area or how marvelous an experience we had wandering these trails among sheep, geese, ducks, cows and horses, stones and streams, lichen and moss.
Our first image is from the train(s) from Manchester to Windermere (we wound up taking 3 trains, then a bus, then walking a mile with our bags after the 6.5 hour flight from NY – we were a little tired upon arrival).
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