Visiting Camberley Library, my last trip out for a while

On Tuesday this week I ventured out to Camberley, essentially to visit Camberley Library, fearing that libraries might soon close before I’d acquired a pile of books to read.

Books acquired, then, naughtily, because I’m in the category the NHS recommend to self-isolate, I wandered around Camberley for a while, taking photos on the way, which is my wont. I wandered down to the official entrance to the Royal Military Academy as the sunshine was highlighting it’s classical beauty – more on that later.

Then, quite unaccountably, I fulfilled a long held wish to visit St Tarcisius War Memorial Church. Sure, I’ve passed by the church hugely often, but have never been inside. That visit is the subject of my next blog post.

Fun discoveries from zooming into old photos

Much thanks are due to Stuart Humphryes and his BabelColour twitter feed for the fun discoveries of zooming into old photos of London.

This photo, posted by Stuart on BabelColour, is of the building of Holburn Viaduct on Saturday 11th September 1869. The photo delivers much from zooming in. I’ll not tell everything that can be seen in the photo, and let you discover things yourself. I would though say you should look at the couple in the bottom right hand side of the photo, where you can see a lady in a crinoline dress.

Beneath the photo, again thanks to Stuart Humphryes, are three zooed in images from the photo. Clicl on images to expand.

Colour photos of England in the 1920’s: Part 1 of 2

Here are a few photos by American photographer Clifton R. Adams, who was sent to England in the 1920’s by the National Geographic magazine to record life on farms, in towns and cities, and residents at work and play.

The photos are Autochromes – a time-consuming and complicated film process requiring long exposure times. The resulting images have aa atmospheric quality.

A track surface made up of scalpings and junk

The heathland track alongside the Bisley and Pirbright Ranges from Lightwater to Deepcut is a regular walk of mine. I enjoy the distant view of London from Chobham Ridges, and just as much the seasonal changes to the flora and and fauna.

On one walk I noticed a piece of junk buried in the track, and on subsequnent walks I noticed more and more buried junk. Yesterday I photographed some of the buried junk, and thought you might like to see it. These five photos are the most obvious pieces of junk.

The surface of the track is mostly scalpings of one sort or another. Occasionaly there are exposed areas of bricks and crushed ceramics.

Surrey Heath Museum focus on the work of two remarkable Camberley people

On Monday this week, the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams, opened new exhibition in Surrey Heath Museum – the life and work of artist Percy Harland Fisher. [Click on image to expand]

I’ve a favourite paining of his that is currently on show in the Museum. It’s The Washing Line, which is No.6 in my Painting of the Week.

Also in the museum is an exhibition of the work of noted local photographer Ron Francis. Well worth a visit to the museum to see some of the works of these two notable Camberley people.

Here are my photos of the official exhibition opening by the mayor.

New exhibitions at Surrey Heath Museum from 25 Jan to 9 March 2019

Surrey Heath Borough Council today announce that,

Surrey Heath Museum begins a packed programme of exhibitions for 2019 with the amazing work of a local craftsman and a renowned local society.

Spring Has Sprung features photographs by Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club, revealing the re-emergence of plant life and bird life as the earth warms up from the winter months. The beautiful white blankets of snowdrops and yellow daffodils in local woodlands, emerging vibrant purple crocuses plus the young offspring of swans and ducks make the exhibition a captivating collection of images we all recognise annually. There will be a specially selected ‘Picture of the week’.

Surrey Heath Recaptured – local artist Damion Hugh Davis recaptures the beauty of material found inside and outside his Camberley home, creating furniture and art work. This is a selling exhibition.

Children’s Activities – Linking into the exhibitions we have a number of special events for little (and not so little) ones.

  • Toddler Tuesdays – the last Tuesday in every month featuring toys and activities linked to the exhibitions (10.30am-12.30pm).
  • Spring Half Term (16 – 23 Feb), two special workshops, 11am-1pm and 1.30-3.30pm, £3. (booking in advance preferred);
  • Wed 20 Feb – Recycling Fun with Verity Parker (SHBC Recycling Officer)
  • Thur 30 Feb ‘Leather Working’ with Mick Bacon (Museum Staff).

Surrey Heath Museum & Gallery, 3 Obelisk Way, Camberley, GU15 3SJ Tel: (01276) 23771


Open 11am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Admission Free

Photo of the week No.50: Parliament Street, London, 1839 by M de St Croix

I recently posted a Photo Quiz image, which was number 50 in the series. Now, a few days later, I’m posting my 50th Photo of the Week. Coincidences occur naturally.

The 50th photo of the week is the image taken by Monsieur de St Croix of Parliament Street in London in 1839, and is considered to be one of the earliest photos of London. M de St Croix arrived in London in September 1839 to demonstrate Louis Daguerre’s new invention of the daguerreotype photographic process formed on a silver copper plate.

He travelled to Birmingham in October 1839, again to demonstrate the daguerreotype photographic process, which is the Birmingham Post describes in Birmingham’s first experience of photography.

The photo is in the collection of the V&A. It shows, in the foreground, the statue of Charles I. Also observable in the photo are people, and hansom cabs. For interest, I’ve added a photo of Charles 1 statue, looking down Parliament Street from Trafalgar Square, which has been at this location since 1675 – pretty amazing when you think of how roadworks change things.

Photo of the week No.49: Paris, 1925 by André Kertész

Here is the last of the four photos I’ve selected from the Twitter feed of aucharbon@alcarbon68.

Again it’s a Parisian scene at night, much loved by photographers. Taken in 1925 by renowned photographer André Kertész. The title doesn’t say, but the main object throwing the shadow is a pissotèrie  – [a public urinal].