A brief break in a busy Easter allowed a trip to Dulwich for the Ravilious exhibition, which was excellent; apart from the delight of the pictures, there’s rare pleasure in being one of only a handful of visitors to an exhibition. Room to wander and look properly.
My Medium Format Experiment proved just about interesting enough to persist with; another roll of 120 has gone into the Yashica Mat 124 with a vague plan to make some more portraits.
- I finally finished A Tale Of Two Cities, after getting firmly stuck in the middle last year. This then prompted a sudden zeal for finishing various other half-read books, none of which proved particularly notable in the end. There’s a promising pile building up for May, though (and I may even finish James Yorkston’s memoirs – possibly the worst book-by-a-musician I’ve ever read).
- This Wait Until Next Year piece: Dartford, the death of a high street and the awkwardness of wandering around a town taking photos chimed with the feelings I’d had while out taking photos in Gravesend at the end of March: am I sneering at the place? Is it fair to judge a town on your first visit? Does anywhere look its best at 9am on a Friday?
- This fantastic LRB state-of-the-nation piece on Grimsby.
- No end of pre-election analysis that pretty much all turned out to be completely wrong…