Category: england

Gladys Deacon, Duchess of Marlborough.

Gladys Deacon, Duchess of Marlborough.

Bicycle-style roller skates made by Ritter, En…

Bicycle-style roller skates made by Ritter, England, c. 1895.

That Time the French Aristocracy Was Obsessed …

Have you seen The Favourite yet? It’s brilliant, and beauty patches are all over the faces of the royal court! 💋

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“Striking likenesses of the King & Queen of England and the late King & Queen of France.” Painted ivory anti-monarchy pendant featuring satirical symbols of royalty, circa 1790s, including multi-headed serpent, Sword of Justice, broken scepter and crown, fleur-de-lis, black urn wearing Crown of England, thistle and rose.

“Lightness of Being,” portrait of Queen Elizab…

Lightness of Being,” portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Chris Levine 2014.

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Assault, Robbery, and Murder: The Dark History of…

Assault, Robbery, and Murder: The Dark History of “Bedsheet Ghosts”

The Bayeux Tapestry – all of it, from start to finish A…

The Bayeux Tapestry – all of it, from start to finish

A complete guide to the story as depicted on the famous Bayeux Tapestry. There is a lot more to it than just the Battle of Hastings.
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It is important to understand that this ‘tapestry’ is a piece of propaganda, and does not tell an accurate version of events. The story I tell here is the one depicted, not what actually happened. 

Other than The Adventures of Stoke Mandeville, this is the longest editing job I have ever done. It took eleven very long days of work to put this together from the opportunist footage I snatched when changing trains near the museum where it is on display. The shoot was not without its problems, one of which was the fact that because the tapestry is behind glass, and the museum has many illuminated displays, the reflections in the glass were a bane, and I didn’t manage to get rid of them all. Another was that my stills camera refused to work after taking a small number of pictures. It had always worked fine before, and has always worked fine since. It wasn’t the battery and it wasn’t the SD card. It was a mystery.

For the curious, the edit involved seventeen tracks on the timeline, and has twenty-two animated scenes. Unfortunately, the main animation software I was using could not handle full HD images, and so there is a slight loss of picture quality during most of the animated scenes. You will notice that the close-ups have a better picture quality than the wide shots. This is because they were taken with the camera pushed up against the glass, which improved focusing, and got rid of almost all of the haze and reflections caused by the glass.

I have enough material for more videos on the tapestry, but am in no great hurry to spend many more days editing this difficult footage. Trying to match the writing and speaking of narration to panning camerawork that had no notion when shot of what might need to be said about some passing scene, was a nightmare, and many editing compromises had to be made, with some scenes skipped past quickly, and others drawn out.

Nine Maidens Stone Circle, Devon, EnglandThis stone circle is…

Nine Maidens Stone Circle, Devon, England

This stone circle is located near the village of Belstone which is on the edge of Dartmoor National Park’s north moor. The nine standing stones surround a Bronze Age burial site. Legend states that a group of nine young ladies were discovered dancing on a Sunday and thus turned to stone.

Trethevy Quoit, England Trethevy Quoit is a well-preserved…

Trethevy Quoit, England

Trethevy Quoit is a well-preserved Neolithic dolmen tomb, known locally as ‘The Giant’s House,’ located between St. Cleer and Darite in Cornwall, England. It was erected during the Neolithic period between 3700-3500 BC. Like other portal tombs of this type, Trethevy Quoit was originally covered by a mound. At the upper end of the cover slab is a natural hole, which may have been used for astronomical observation.