Friday, 9 December 2016


Bench at Burton Bradstock, Dorset, with view out to sea.

Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Monday, 5 December 2016


Looking out to sea in the evening with pink and yellow sky and a thing which looks like a standard lamp but isn't.

It looks like a standard lamp - but what is it really?

Sunday, 4 December 2016


Communication Workers Union Banner with Shelley quote.

Here we are, back in the summer and the Tolpuddle Martyrs March.

This time with the banner for the Great Western Branch of the Communication Workers Union - people who transport and deliver our letters and parcels; it includes people like call-centre workers and postal drivers.

Printed on the banner is verse 91 from a poem by Shelley - the Masque of Anarchy - which he wrote in reaction to the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 (in Manchester) - in which ordinary people who had come to hear speeches about reform and the right to vote were attacked by more than a thousand soldiers with guns and with swords, on foot and on horses. Hundreds who had come to the event were wounded and fifteen people died.

Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many - they are few.

People who belong to the CWU are not necessarily high earners or in conventionally influential jobs - and this is one of the reasons I'm moved and inspired that these are the words for their banner. David sometimes defeats Goliath. Those who are not well off (or are women!) have, by joining together, gained rights which we now take for granted - like being allowed to vote!

Here are some links. 
Wikipedia entry about the same event.
Here's a link to part of the poem
(It's a very long poem. The link I've given offers further link to the whole thing.)

Saturday, 3 December 2016


Man reading letter in office with files. Seen through window in pale brick building.

This is cropped from 'Flags' posted on 20th November 2016. 

And in it I'm deviating from my overall approach which is to avoid people but I doubt anyone will recognise this man except those who already know where he works. 
I like this as a picture in its own right, which is why I've put it here. But it's also because by taking photographs one comes across things (and people) one would never have noticed with eyes unaided. Photography becomes an inadvertent treasure hunt. So I'm celebrating it!

Friday, 2 December 2016


Red buoys sitting in the reflection of the sides of a tidal harbour

Friday Reflections

Thursday, 1 December 2016


Four photographers along edge of sea at sunset having taken their pictures.

A moment before - these and others were pointing to the right with their cameras.