July 2020

Music Matters

I have spent much of lockdown having a good look through my archives for interesting images for my website. As well as bringing back memories of a couple of decades' travelling with my cameras, browsing my hard drives and negatives has prompted thoughts about what we are all missing during the pandemic. This photograph, taken in Bakewell in Derbyshire a few years ago, reminds me how live music can transform a public space. I'm longing for the time when buskers return, and when we can enjoy folk music in pubs, orchestras in concert halls, and big stadium tours.

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Having or eating your cake?

My eyes are often drawn to scenes that represent something "typical" about a place, although I have to be careful not to reinforce clichéd or overly-romantic ideas, and not to perpetuate myths by freezing just one moment in 1/125th of a second. But this scene, in the Derbyshire village of Youlgrave, was irrestible. The tea and home-made cakes were delicious, and the community warmly welcoming. I'm looking forward to enjoying more afternoon teas out and about, as lockdown eases.


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