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History, art and photography #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I let you into the matrix that leads to the dark corners of my mind and will share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? History, art and photography as well as publicity and markets and a whole host of other things. I’ve been designing banners to publicise things. That wasn’t very successful but we learn, move on and improve. I have also been working on a couple of art projects. One involves flowers which leads me nicely into today’s photo which is one of the photos I took for the project. What ya think?

BLUEBELLS - art and photography


Most people relate to bluebells and so you can engage with your audience a little with a picture like this. The actual artwork is much better and is in the process of being printed on canvas and then I’ll enter it into the art competition. Will it go on display in the art gallery? I doubt it. I was dragged up on a council estate and so I don’t expect recognition as a writer let alone for art and photography. I have got awards for writing and a certificate of a mayor for photography so I must have a go at getting a bit of recognition as an artist. Being brought up on a council estate has its disadvantages but it also has its advantages because nothing is simple. I have a backup plan if my artwork is rejected.

Art and photography

Think of an artist, any artist. I decided to go for Joseph Mallord William Turner. He was fairly well-known. He was born in the 18th century but his career spanned the early part of the 19th century. If you thought of a different artist, the chances are that they too came to prominence in the 19th century. So why did art explode in the 19th century? Was it just that people had lots of discretionary income to spend on art and to build art galleries? I suppose that was part of it but there was a need for meeting places and networking opportunities. Of course in Victorian times they didn’t call it networking.


So imagine you have been invited to a champagne opening of an art exhibition at the local Victorian art gallery. You’re wandering around and you spot my Bluebells in the Hedgerow picture and someone else is also looking at it. How hard would it be to strike up a conversation about the picture? Quite easy, I imagine. That was how Victorians networked and made new contacts and connections. There was no Facebook or LinkedIn in Victorian times. They actually had to talk to each other! Do people still want to talk to each other? Do they still need art or are video screens enough?

I’m going to look at the market and car boot sale this morning. I hope my ideas about art and photography have inspired you. The next post will be on Tuesday and the subject again will be art and photography!

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