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Iconic Photo: 1957 Milk drop – Harold Edgerton

An engineer who yet had an eye for a beautiful photo – Harold Edgerton pushed the boundaries of super fast photography, so we could see the motions of liquids and other natural things in beautiful, slow motion.

With today’s extremely fast shutter cameras, we can try and set goals of taking photographs in motion – something which happens faster than the human eye can register – because they are compelling, unusual.  They also help us consider that we live in a wondrous environment which is constantly growing, changing, even in the light falling upon it – all of which is part of slowing down and becoming aware of the now and the beauty of natural physical events.

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*Worth Viewing TV: Wimbledon begins!

So the annual tennis fest which is Wimbledon Tournament begins today – in the UK, TV coverage starts at 11.30 am.

But if you’ve got interest in the history of the tournament or fond memories of watching it over the years – then do make space to catch up with a BBC i-player documentary.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08xdgvx/sue-barker-our-wimbledon

This programme aired yesterday, as a runup to the event, and includes footage of and sometimes interviews with former winnners of the matches: Bjorn Borg, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Chrissie Evert, Rod Laver, John “You canNOT be serious!” McEnroe, Pete Sampras, as well as the President of the England Lawn Tennis Association who gets to present the award most years.  Also, the cameras are allowed to go into the Royal Box and other areas normally shut off from TV cameras.

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We see the triumphs, near misses, failures and a heartening number of people who don’t quite get there but come back and win in following years.  And of course the passion, tension and ecstasy of the fans.  I know I’m one.  Some matches will remain in my memory.Screen shot 2017-07-02 at 23.11.55

 

Iconic Photo 1885: the Hand of Mrs Wilhelm Rontgen

Screen shot 2017-06-29 at 20.25.11.png Dr Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen didn’t just ask his wife for her hand in marriage…. he photographed it as an x-ray.  This is the first medical x-ray photograph.  His work won him the first Nobel Physics prize.

His wife saw it in a more philosophical light:

“I have seen my death”, she said.

From the series Times 100 Photos: the most influential images of all time.

See more at

at http://100photos.time.com/

 

Time travel to Jane Austen – the Fashion Museum, Bath

The museum setting includes the Assembly Rooms in Bath – which often occur in scenes of Jane Austen novels.  At the same time, you can view the typical outfits which would have been worn at that time, in the museum.

Bonuses also include:

First Saturday of each month 10-30-12.30     Sketching morning (free with museum ticket – sktechbook and pencil supplied)

Second Saturday of month – 10-12midday Bath Knitting and Crochet Guild (free)