Photo of the week No.40: Clashing Wave by Daan Olivier

How splendid to be able to post a Photo of the week by a photographer that I know.

Daan Olivier’s photo is of a clashing returning wave during Storm Brian, photographed at Newhaven, on 21st October 2017 at 1408 hrs.

Why so precise? Well, Daan reckons that luck, in photography, derives from precise preparation. To prepare for the photo of Clashing Wave, Daan tells me he studied the tide tables at Newhaven, also the wave action of the Clapotis Gaufre wave type. Now, don’t tell me it’s all luck. There’s an element of luck, but preparation is all.

Wikipedia describe Clapotis Gaufre as,

When a wave train strikes a wall at an oblique angle, the reflected wave train departs at the supplementay angle causing a cross hatched wave pattern known as the clapotis gaufré (“waffled clapotis”). In this situation, the individual crests formed at the intersection of the incident and reflected wave train crests move parallel to the structure.

Being a naughty boy in Parliament yesterday

With a party of colleagues, I toured the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

It was informative, instructive, and thoroughly enjoyable. It’s an amazing place, being able to enter the Commons and Lords chambers while Parliament is sitting is special. To see the parliamentary staff prepare the Commons chamber, and being able to speak to them while they’re do so, is a privilege.

Now, to my being a naughty boy. Photography in most of the parliamentary estate is discouraged. It’s allowed in the Central Lobby, well, I think it is. It’s from where the TV reports and interviews occur. I took a photo of the ceiling and chandelier, and then was a bad boy and took a photo in the Members Lobby, strictly against the rules. It was of the statue of the Mrs Thatcher – aka the ‘Blessed Margaret’.

I just about got away with it, and was hoping to take a photo of the statue of Winston Churchill, but frosty looks, and a few people shouting, Tim! Thoughts of dungeons and the Tower crossed my mind.

Photo of the week No.36: Bampton Pony Fair, 1959 by Jane Bown

I’m starting the week with a new Photo of the Week. This, No.36, is by Jane Bown, a 1959 photo of Bampton Pony Fair. Appropriately, the Fair , in Bampton, Devon, is this month on the 25th.

A Jane Bown image of Samuel Beckett was photo of the week N0.22. So impressive was that a second one of hers was an obvious choice. This image has honesty, and the observant eye of a journalistic photographer. It’s the juxtaposition of well shod feet contrasting with the humble gate or fence is well observed. A worthy photo of the week, methinks.

Renumbering Photo of the week series, adding Nos.30 to 36

My series of Photo of the week reached No.29. While we were away I posted six photos in a series entitled Photography Week. Now, I’m keen to get back to one photo per week, and to help this along I’m numbering those in the Photography week series to align with the Photo of the week.

So here goes,

Here’s a reminder of the last, and humourous, photo in the renumbered series,

Photography Week Day 6: Raymond Mays, Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, 1924

It’s good to end the series of Photography Week with humour.

This photo, Day 6 of Photography Week is of Raymond Mays in a Bugatti Type 13 Brescia in 1924 on Shelsley Walsh hill climb. My dear Pater was a regular visitor to Shelsley Walsh hill climbs.

Photography Week Day 5: Harvest time in the Outer Hebrides, 1955 by Bert Hardy

We began Day 1 of Photography Week with a famous photo by Bert Hardy [1913-1995]. It’s a pleasure to end the week with another super photo by Bert Hardy

This photo by Bert Hardy is Harvest time on the island of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides 1955. It’s an excellent action photo, and the sky is a perfect background to the action, as is the angle from which the photo is taken. Taken in 1955, it’s evocative of the outdoor life of a farm labourer, in any time of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Photography Week Day 4: The Street Lamp, East End pub, London 1968 by John Claridge

The photo for Day 4 of my Photography Week is The Street Lamp, East End pub, London 1968 by John Claridge.

John Claridge featured as No.26 in my photos of the week. It’s good to show another of his photos. Photographers have the artists eye for shapes and angles.