The black and white photograph of my granddaughter was taken at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. The painting below, which many of you will be very familiar with, set in the coastal landscape of Maine was created by the American artist Andrew Wyeth. Wyeth’s painting is a penetrating psychological portrait and a vivid representation of the inner world of Christina Olson who, because of a muscle degenerative disease, was unable to walk. It is undoubtedly a powerful and memorable image. When I took the ‘shot’ of Sienna, she had just befriended a tiny snail on a leaf and was gingerly carrying it up the embankment; she had already given it a suitable name and was completely lost in her own imaginary world. When I looked at the photograph later, I immediately recognised the composition I had unwittingly borrowed. The house, the gradual incline, the perspective and the viewpoint. Of course the psychological drama was necessarily absent but it does reveal the extent to which we make aesthetic judgements based on our previous experience.
I sometimes complete an 8 mile circuit on my bike from Ely via the Fenland village of Coveney. Yes, I can still manage to do this. Wherever you are on the route, you can more or less always see the ‘ship of the fens’ just on the horizon. On the road to Little Downham I pass by flat open fields and agricultural farmland; visual changes are usually confined to farming activity, weather conditions and seasonal transitions. I enjoy the peace, the tranquility and serenity……its good for the soul (if we have one)……today was different.
Cambridge Digital Awards Finalists
Delighted to learn that the website for ‘Headstart Day Nursery’ has been nominated in the Cambridgeshire Digital Awards 2016 category for School, Education & Charity. The website is one of 6 recently designed by Catfish Web Design & Cambridge Marketing Consultancy for a group of private nurseries across the UK. Why am I telling you this? It has been my privilege to be the photographer for Cambridge Marketing Consultancy working on these and other projects.