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.

Photography Week Day 3: The Institut de France, Passage Mazarine, Paris 6e, 1931 by Brassaï

Continuing with my Photography Week series, this is the Day 3 photo. It’s The Institut de France, Passage Mazarine, Paris 6e, 1931 by Brassaï

Brassaï, the pseudonym for Gyula Halász [1899 – 1984], a Hungarian emigre to France in the 1920’s, found pleasure in capturing Paris by night, and it’s seedy side, in his photos. To my way of thinking it’s a strongly artistic photo, where the openings balance one another, and the people are almost incidental.

Photography Week Day 2: Sheep to slaughter, London, 1965 by Sir Don McCullin

This is day 2 of my quiet week of blogging, and also Day 2 in my series where Photos of the week, has become photo of the day, just for this week.

Legendary photographer, Sir Don McCullin, knighted in the 2017 New Years Honours, is famous for his war photography, and for portraying the ‘gritty’ side of life.

This photo by Don McCullin, ‘Sheep going to the slaughter’ early morning, near the Caledonian Road, London, 1965, is a reminder, were any needed, that dawn and dusk are particularly fruitful times to take photos.