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A new Project.

I’ve added a new project to the others in my portfolio. I’ve always been interested in shops. Not the modern glossy chains, but the old and quirky, or just the simply odd. Empty shops interest me too.

I’m going to be sorting through my images this year to put up some pictures of shops and, of course, shooting new images in this genre too.

To start off the project here’s a picture I shot today in Woodhall Spa, a small town, more a large village really, to the east of here towards the coast. Woodhall is famous for being the base for 617 Squadron (The Dam-busters) during the 39-45 war. In many ways it still wears those colours.
As my mother would have said…

“It’s a village which thinks the war is still on”

It certainly does everyear when it stages a 40’s weekend.

Anyway, I digress. Here’s an image of just one for the shops in the village.

More to come over the year..

PDBarton
Feb 2020

The Haxey Hood. 2020.

This game, now nearly 700 years old, is held on the 6th of January* each year. Thousands gather in the early afternoon to see the “Fool Smoked” , hear his speech and to watch or partake in the game.

The group then moves to a nearby field where the game is to be played.

The games start with the Children’s Hood Games where, over a period of time, 12 soft canvas hoods are throw into the crowd.
The enjoyment this gives the kids is written over their smiles and heard in their laughter. The adults cheer them on laughing and whooping. Yes it’s violent but there is no anger. 

Each throw in of the canvas Hood is performed by the Lord of the game or other notables as well as the Boggins (Marshalls). These children’s games are supervised by one of the fitter and faster amongst the group of Boggins. The kids are a bit quick.
This year I didn’t stop for the adult games so I’ve include a  shot from years past.

Notable this year is the appearance of a new “Fool”, the last one having retired last year after 25 years in the role – though he was here, in the thick of it.

You can read all about the tradition and the game itself here on Wikipedia

The Haxey Hood, Haxey, North Lincolnshire.

Note on above…
* the exceptions being when that falls on a Sunday.  In those years the Hood is played on the Saturday before.

PDBarton
Lincoln
Jan 2020

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The adult Sway from a few years back

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Lord of the Hood

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Smoking the fool

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Smoking the fool

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The Boggins Smoking the fool

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The field of play

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Smoking the fool – he nearly got roasted this year.

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The Lord and Chief boggins with another Boggins. The Chief Boggins has the Adult Hood in his hands.

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Enjoying the Children’s Hood

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A canvass Hood in full flight

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Children in the Children’s Hood Game

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The Lord launches a canvas hood for a children’s game

Mask

This is my 3rd picture by way of a contribution to the  “One a day for a year” project initiated by David Barrett, a British photographer living in Gloucestershire.

David says the project, which he calls “Trip around the sun” was inspired by Barry @pixelsonapage and ‘The Once More Around The Sun’ project shot by Joel Meyerowitz.
It’s not intended to produce a masterpiece everyday” he says. Adding, “It’s more a survey of your everyday”.

This is my image No3. It’s a wooden mask I have at home.

The developing results of the project reside over on Twitter under the hashtag:
#365aroundthesun

PDBarton
Lincoln
03.01.2020

Lincoln. Today.

Jehovahs witnesses stand beneath the arches of the 16thC “Stonebow” in the High St at the bottom of what was once the Roman Lincoln Colonia.

The “Stonebow” we see today replaced the original Roman Southern Gate to the city. It was completed in 1520 and has survived two seperate decisions to demolish it.

PDBarton
30.12.2019

Vibrant art in Lincoln Gallery.

An exhibition of picture by the artist Jacob Lawson opened in the Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln this week.

It’s hard to believe this is Jacob’s first show. What is not hard to believe is the work is strong, strident and selling well, The first images were snapped up by a buyer from Germany.

This is a must see show. Be ready for an overload for the eye. If there is one criticism it would be there is simply too much.

Go to see if you can. The show is open until 4pm on the 22nd December.
You can find information about Jacob, his work and the gallery here…

Sam Scorer Gallery. Lincoln

 

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PDBarton.
Lincoln,
16th December 2019.