Multiple Focus

Morris dancers in conversation at Apple Day at the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge
Morris dancers in conversation at Apple Day at the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge - closeup

I was drawn by the two Morris dancers in conversation at Apple Day at the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge. Their white costumes and the way they were cut off at the knees behind the hedge attracted me to want to photograph them.

Then I moved around and saw this scene of people talking. I don’t know whether I can explain why I like the photo, but it is something to do with the multiple points of focus.

I shot it with the Fuji X100s, which has a 35mm-equivalent lens. That creates a feeling of nearness with the scene, but not as extreme as with a very short focal length lens.

There is a lot of interaction between people going on in the picture. They were speaking quietly, obviously aware of their surroundings. I would guess that awareness dictated their tone, the volume.

If someone were to wave a magic wand and freeze them all in time, this is what is would be like. You can click the image to see a larger version.

Morris dancers and others in conversation at Apple Day at the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge

People’s Vote March October 19, 2019

The weather was sunny, the crowd was huge, the EU flags were everywhere. A sober tone, knowing that it takes a lot to keep going in the face of Governments bent on avoiding the push for a new referendum on Britain exiting the EU.

And then it rained. We had come to a standstill, anyway. So many people were trying to get to Parliament Square that the march came to a stop.

So we stood for a little while, and some people sheltered from the rain. I took a photo of some of them. It was only when I looked at the photo on the computer that I saw that a man to the right of the frame seemed to be pointing and perhaps saying something to the man in the flat cap and glasses.

The people closest seem disturbed by what the pointing man was doing. I wonder what was going on? It was the only note of discord (if that is what is was) in the whole time Tamara and I and my daughter Madelaine were there.

And then Tamara shouted across for me to take a photo of the woman holding the placard that read Help! I’m trapped on an island run by mad people.

Madness? Yes, at some level it is madness to want to turn the country into a Neo-feudal society.


Abstract Wires

A ventilation grate, some wires or cables, a piece of wood at an angle, and everything against a brick wall.

A ventilation grate, some wires or cables, a piece of wood at an angle, and everything against a brick wall. The Tate website says that:

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.

Sliding sideways from art into photography, I guess we can use the same definitions more or less. And I guess the photo is abstract. You can’t see exactly what everything is. But you can maybe guess what things might be. Is it abstract?


Strong Weather On Midsummer Common

Houses bordering Midsummer Common in Cambridge, with attendant cows on the Common

It’s one of those days of strong weather. Mid October with the sun low in the sky, wind, sun, clouds, and cows trotting along on Midsummer Common in Cambridge.

Cow trotting along on Midsummer Common in Cambridge in front of houses bordering the Common


I changed the theme of this site to Balasana. It was only after I chose and activated it that I saw that it is made by Automattic, the company that owns WordPress-dot-com.

Balasana is described as a clean and minimalist business theme designed with health and wellness-focused sites in mind.

Well, now it is going to serve me for this site.

I googled and found out that Balasana means Child’s Resting Pose, a kneeling pose in yoga. You kneel on the floor, put your head to the floor in front of you and hold your hands behind your heels. I am pretty sure I did this as a child.


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Jagadish Chandra Bose

Bust of Jagadish Chandra Bose in the grounds of Christ's College, Cambridge.

Bust of Jagadish Chandra Bose in the grounds of Christ’s College, Cambridge.

From Wikipedia

Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose 30 November 1858 – 23 November 1937, was a polymath, physicist, biologist, biophysicist, botanist and archaeologist, and an early writer of science fiction.

He pioneered the investigation of radio and microwave optics, made significant contributions to plant science, and laid the foundations of experimental science in the Indian subcontinent. IEEE named him one of the fathers of radio science.

Bose is considered the father of Bengali science fiction, and also invented the crescograph, a device for measuring the growth of plants. A crater on the moon has been named in his honour.

Born in Mymensingh, Bengal Presidency (present-day Bangladesh), during British governance of India, Bose graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta.

He went to the University of London to study medicine, but could not pursue studies in medicine because of health problems.

Instead, he conducted his research with the Nobel Laureate Lord Rayleigh at Christ’s College, Cambridge and returned to India.

The Approach

I came upon this bust from stage right, as it were, as you as looking at it. My instant thought was that the spectacles looked very odd on a copper bust. I thought it might be a temporary sculpture, perhaps plastic made to look like metal. Now I have got over that, I like it.