Lacock

The day the churches shut up shop

Image: St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock, 24th March 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. This week, the churches closed. The coronavirus spreads worldwide, and in line with a governmental announcement curbing all social gatherings on the 23rd of March, the Church of England confirmed the closure of all church buildings on the 24th. There are so many …

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Picturing poppies: remembering the community

NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Remembrance Rood Screen This is an 8-panel, 35-aperture photographic installation, displayed in the south transept at St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock. Remembrance Rood Screen commemorates the service and commitment shown by local servicemen and women during the First World War. The piece is the culmination of a community art project in which residents were …

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Picturing the Peacock Arts Trail

Image: Remembrance Rood Screen and Scriptorium by Sheona Beaumont, paintings by Victoria Cleverly, drawings by pupils of Lacock Primary School. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. From the 5th to the 13th October, I’ve been busy exhibiting and curating an exhibition in St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock, as part of the Peacock Arts Trail 2019. We’ve had a …

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Lent and soul patience

Lent started on the 6th March. I went to an Ash Wednesday service at St Anne’s Bowden Hill (Wilts), got the cross marked on my head and remembered that I am dust. This Lent, I’m putting my foreground research in the background, and committing my time to a church project for Lacock and Bowden Hill. …

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Lacock Remembers

Image: Lacock Remembers poppy installation, 2018. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Remembrance Sunday 2018 sees commemorations across the world, remembering the end of the First World War 100 years ago. I’ve been involved in a community project at St Cyriac’s Lacock, ‘In Remembrance and Hope: Lacock Remembers’. The project saw local leaders Rachael McHenry and Jane …

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Blue supermoon, and two superstars, at Lacock Abbey

Image: Sharrington Tower in the Moonlight I, 2018. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Photographing celestial events is something I can’t resist. I’ve had my camera trained on the Venus & Jupiter conjunction of 2012, two eclipses in 2015 (one lunar and one solar), and tonight’s blue supermoon. My approach is decidedly non-technical. With wildly varying results, …

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Landing in Lacock

Image: Lacock Abbey 2003 and 2015. Photographs by Adam Beaumont. As I write my 100th blog post, it seems a fitting time to pause for reflection on my directions past, present and future. This summer I moved with my husband and two children to the village of Lacock, Wiltshire. I leave behind 20 years of …

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Back to the beginning with Fox Talbot

  A photographic image is true and false in equal measure. (Quote from Gerry Badger in The Genius of Photography, p.8). The earliest days of photography don’t bring any ideological foundation to its trajectory through history. The one thing you can’t do with a consideration of photography’s story is to call it The Story of …

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