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Church (Rock) Cemetery


I was going to call this ‘Visions of Angels’. Be it Blake, Michelangelo, Wim Wenders, Rossetti or Patti Smith I’ve always liked the idea of Angels. I don’t specifically believe in them but I’m persuaded by a Jungian archetype of a greater common good, a whispering aspiration, some eternal potential.
I don’t really go to Churches, but I’ve always admired faith driven architecture. It lacks pretension mainly and strives for beauty despite its originators more dogmatic & divisive principles.

Because of these fascinations I have photographed and drawn a lot of grave yards and Churches. From Highgate to Pere LaChaise, the hill side graves of Barcelona and the ancient burial mounds of Telendos & Santorini.
On Sunday morning as it was atmospheric (foggy) I took a walk around one I’ve not seen before, Church (Rock) Cemetery in Nottingham. Just at the top of Mansfield Road, at the highest point between the town centre and the Forest recreation ground, built into old sandstone pits in 1845, it was a crowded 13 acres of graves & monuments. The foggy atmospheric thing didn’t really play out, hence most of the pictures here are heavily post processed and heading toward painterly.


I have lots of little details and should probably make a gallery of these but they need some sorting and editing so these will suffice for now. There are some highly imaginative pieces of stonemasonry and as the site is so huge, a lot of hidden corners, secret dells and private valleys. There’s also some very odd graffiti hidden behind the ivy.


But mainly it’s the Angels, Whosian Weeping ones, less teeth, sad eyes, beckoning, lots of them, silent and mainly stationary.


This song is a natural fit and I think makes a good soundtrack for the pictures. One of my favourite early Peter Gabriel & Genesis songs, and the the subtitle for this post.

And finally, this is an iPhone & Olloclip Wideangle panorama of the main path through the upper part of the site.


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Christmas & New Year Greetings from A4


It’s Boxing Day and we are in that brief holding pattern between one holiday and another. All those decisions, delay the diet, lie low, hit the sales, have a dry day… I can’t be bothered.

My best present was an Olloclip for my iPhone5. I had one for the 4 and missed using one. Lots of thanks to @F1FanWMM for picking up the significant hints, xxxx. My other best gift was the sparkle in the boys eyes over their presents. They are (as I’m sure every parent thinks) wonderful little blokes and showed them selves to be grateful for the things they received.


We have over Christmas Day and Boxing Day done our family visits, both north & south, and whilst I don’t enjoy motorway driving in the rain & dark I did get to listen again to two hours of Theme Time Radio Hour, episode 34 (1&2) from series one, the Christmas show while the family snoozed and played games in the car. TTRH series 1 to 3 would be my Desert Island choice. A bit of a cheat I know as its a little over 100hrs in total but it hangs together as a single piece that covers the entire history of 20th Century music. I have listened to it in its entirety three times, really…. This show includes Bob reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ which every home should have.

If you don’t know Theme Time Radio Hour, Google WhiteManStew and find yourself some more. It is probably the best thing to ever hit public radio.

You can listen to the Christmas shows here for a limited period only…

Happy Holidays. A4

Click on the arrows to play.

Episode One

Episode Two

The crystal images are quite small plastic Christmas  lights in my sister-in-laws house shot in Hipstamatic with Olloclip Macro and then added Lens Flare. The eye belongs to Gboy and has added Glaze & Lens Flare. I am quietly pleased by the appearance of Bokeh in the crystal pictures. Must try harder for more.


If you like the TTRH Shows they are here.

This is Part One & this is Part Two.

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