They don’t have to be pretty

Stock is about anticipating a need and keeping your eyes open when out with the camera.

I took this picture back in 2015 in Woodbridge. It’s the first time for one of this subject to be purchased.

I was just walking past. The machine in the background shows what is happening and the file of rubble on either side of the water cannon shows what has already happened.

Piggies

Just happened across this one in the Guardian.

It has been used quite a lot over the years. I think that it is the one in the middle with the ears sticking up that makes it work. Shottisham gets a mention too! Fame at last.

Puzzled by Picfair

I wrote a blog about this on 24 July so it is less than two months since I started with www.geogphotos.com on Picfair.

Every image that is uploaded seems to attract two ‘views’ automatically as part of the image ingestion system – some end up with three ‘system’ views it has been partially explained to me by a Picfair email response. Though I don’t know what the reasons are that some attract two and other three.

Regardless of these system created false views that stats are fairly amazing and hard to understand.

The most viewed images have a count over 100 ( 114 is the highest number of second hand cars on sale on a garage forecourt in Knodishall! Why??).

Now a few days later this is the state of play:

241,231 views and not one single sale. So, who is doing all this viewing and what are the reasons?

I’m puzzled.

Lound church, north Suffolk

Lound is a small village in the north of Suffolk. It is 4.5 miles north of Lowestoft. It is 2 miles from the North Sea coast at Hopton-on-Sea and is on the border with the county of Norfolk. The church is set on its own away from the village, by a roadside of a country lane, surrounded by fields. It is one of the small round tower churches that are largely confined to east Anglia and rare elsewhere. What makes Lound church stand out though is not its exterior even though that is pleasant enough.

D.P Mortlock in ‘The Popular Guide to Suffolk Churches’ ( I haven’t yet found his ‘Unpopular Guide’):

” The door opens to reveal a lovely surprise, a church that glows and glistens with gilt and colour beautifully maintained in the anglo-Catholic tradition’

The interior was transformed in the years immediately prior to the First World War through the work of Ninian Comper (1864-1960) one of the last of the great Gothic Revival architects whose artworks included church furnishings and stained glass. There is none of his stained glass here but much else.

Church of St John the Baptist, Lound, Suffolk, England, UK painted gilt rood screen by Ninian Comper c 1914 Virgin Mary with baby Jesus

Church of St John the Baptist, Lound, Suffolk, England, UK painted gilt rood screen by Ninian Comper c 1914 in Lady altar St Elizabeth with the young St John the Baptist, and St Mary Salome with the young St John the Evangelist, flanking the Blessed Virgin and Christ child
Church of St John the Baptist, Lound, Suffolk, England, UK 20th century St Christopher wall painting by Ninian Comper with Comper’s Rolls Royce car and jet aircraft added in 1960s
Church of St John the Baptist, Lound, Suffolk, England, UK gilt carved tabernacle font cover by Ninian Comper c 1913

My 24 photos of Lound are now on www.geogphotos.com

Also in a gallery at www.geographyphotos.com

Battisford church, Suffolk

Since June I have been out and about exploring areas of Suffolk that are largely new to me and visiting lots of ancient village churches. In total I have visited and photographed around 60 churches most of which I had not previously been to.

Now with some wet weather I have started processing those photos. First up is Brundish. The main reason it comes first is because I liked it a lot.

I visited twice, once on a cloudy day, and then went back as soon as I could when the sun was out. The first time I approached from the relatively high land to the west, the second up a narrow climbing lane from the Needham Market to Bildeston road.

The church is on a bend in the lane with only a few cottages nearby. It’s quite a secluded spot and deeply rural in nature. The building is small with a simple intimate interior. I particularly liked the ancient churchyard with its mature lime trees and inside the interesting patterned stained glass from 1902. My guide to Nineteenth Century Suffolk Stained Glass by Birkin Haward describes the glass as ‘mildly Art Nouveau’ and suggests that the unknown artist was possibly local.

My pictures of Battisford are available on www.geogphotos.com ( use the search function)

Also in a gallery within the Suffolk churches archive on www.geographyphotos.com I’m not linking to the actual gallery in the hope that you might look a round a little!

www.geogphotos.com is live

I’ve launched a new website using ‘geogphotos’ as a domain name. All images are priced at £30 for commercial editorial use, and all are available as prints. It’s using the Picfair.

If £30 seems too high for your intended use ( eg education) or if you want to make your own prints then get in touch. geogphotos@gmail.com

www.geogphotos.com

Many of the first pictures you’ll see are some of the copies that I have made of old slides. The ones right at the front were from the archive of racing driver Bill de Selincourt.

Suffolk Churches – lots of them!

East Anglia has a staggering richness in the form of its medieval churches. Living in Suffolk I am naturally drawn to those of my adopted county. Though I am not sure exactly how many churches there are – I am talking historic village parish churches mainly but also some from the towns – I have just realised that I have now visited and photographed over 260 of them.

Some of these buildings are from the 1200s. Many of them are on sites that are much older, Saxon, often prehistoric. These buildings have been at the centre of their community for all that time. I find that fascinating even though the fine points of church architecture and religion are well beyond me.

I enjoy getting out and finding the churches never knowing exactly what to expect. What better way can there be of exploring the geography of Suffolk settlement? Before the pandemic and away from the towns most of the churches were open. You have the building to yourself to explore, there is always something of interest.

We are incredibly fortunate in Suffolk to have the wonderful website of Simon Knott who combines knowledge with a warm personal touch. I strongly recommend his site. He has gone on to cover Norfolk, Essex, and other places but this all started off in Suffolk. Simon Knott’s Suffolk Churches.

My galleries of Suffolk churches are easily found from my homepage at Geography Photos.

Here are a few of my favourites.

First, Aldham Church which you may recognise from then BBC ‘Detectorists’ series.

Village parish church of Saint Mary, Aldham, Suffolk, England, UK

Medieval paintings of saints on rood screen inside church of Saint Andrew, Bramfield, Suffolk, England, UK – Saint Mary of Magdala

Medieval paintings of saints on rood screen inside church of Saint Andrew, Bramfield, Suffolk, England, UK – Saint Mary of Magdala

This is Little Wenham church – found at the end of a long unmade road.

Village parish church of All Saints, Little Wenham, Suffolk, England, UK

Finally, another remote church at Badley a mile or so from the main road between Needham Market and Stowmarket with its unchanged largely 18th century interior.

Historic interior unchanged since 18th century, Church of Saint Mary, Badley, Suffolk, England, UK