Around And About – Cambridge And London

This is a wood-panelled passage in Christ’s College in Cambridge. For anyone who is a stranger to the colleges, they are slap bang in the middle of the town. The entrance to this college faces onto the entrance to the Grand Arcade and Lion’s Yard, with stores like John Lewis just opposite. Step through the ancient doorway into the college and it is different world.

The second photo is from the same college and the Ceonothus (I think that’s what it is) was just coming out when Tamara and I visited a few days before. And now we saw it in this deep, deep blue. I can’t help but wonder how pollinators see it?

Many pollinators have eyes that can see into the ultra-violet part of the spectrum – well beyond what humans can see. Bjørn Rørslett took a whole series of photos of flowers using a camera adapted to react within the UV range. If you are interested, look for the ones that under UV light show the flowers with stripes laid out like airport landing strips for insects, guiding them in to the flower.

This is a light installation by Cerith Wyn Evans that was in the great hallways at Tate Britain when Tamara and I visited Tate Britain a few weeks ago.

And finally, a panorama of the frontage of St Catharine’s College in Cambridge. I guess that is the St Catharine who was burned to death for her faith. She was tied to a rotating wooden wheel and that is the origin of the Catharine Wheel firework on Bonfire Night. I think they are called pinwheels in the States.


All photos taken with an iPhone 6 and messed about with in Snapseed.

Repetition In Design

Repetition in design seems to satisfy something in us. If anyone has an idea about what it is, please comment. I know the feeling from the inside, but I’d be hopeless at trying to explain what it is that repetition does to me. Maybe it is the regularity. Maybe it implies continuity – and we like that because it is soothing, like the sound of a train’s wheels on the track. The world is unpredictable and we try to add a degree of predictability to it (and a soupçon of unpredictability to keep up our interest). Perhaps theses are all something to do with it, but the words are as far from the feeling as ducks from an architect.

Flamingos

This is a design I am working on. It’s from a photograph of a flamingo that I took a couple of years ago.

I duplicated the flamingo and placed it behind the original and then added the ripples to give the effect of it standing in water. I made the image a few days ago and haven’t looked at it since.

I like repetition in design, so the idea still grabs me but now that I look at it, the image itself seems a bit heavy handed. The black outline, the violent (yes, violent) colours – I feel like I should tone it back. What do you think? What would you do?

Heads Apart

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Looking Towards The Grassmarket In Edinburgh


From Wikipedia

The Grassmarket is located directly below Edinburgh Castle and forms part of one of the main east-west vehicle arteries through the city centre. It adjoins the Cowgate and Candlemaker Row at the east end, the West Bow (the lower end of Victoria Street) in the north-east corner, King’s Stables Road to the north west and the West Port to the west. Leading off from the south-west corner is the Vennel, on the east side of which can still be seen some of the best surviving parts of the Flodden and Telfer town walls.