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Photo Edits II: Layout from Instagram

ayout is an app from Instagram, unveiled back in May, which is designed to allow users to easily arrange multiple photographs into a single square picture frame. When Layout opens, users are shown their camera roll, and can immediately begin assembling their photographs into preset layouts, placing from two to four photos alongside each other in an array of preordained…

La Unión & La Cala: Instagram XII

If my last Instagram piece could be loosely conceptualised as visual history – depicting briefly in words and in photographs the city of Cartagena in the region of Murcia, in south-eastern Spain: its Art Nouveau architecture, tree-lined waterfront overlooking the Mediterranean, restored Roman Theatre, and medieval Castillo de la Concepcíon – this falls more into the realm of atmospheric holiday…

Cartagena, Spain: Instagram XI

Most years for many years, my family and I have holidayed at La Manga Club, in the Murcia region in south-eastern Spain. Situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor, which with a surface area of nearly 170 km² is described as Spain’s largest salt-water lagoon, the resort is within the Calblanque, Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila National Park, a protected…

Cloughton Wyke: Instagram X

This series of seventeen photographs, taken at the beginning of last summer, incorporates a York sunset in bands of gold, pink, and blue; a Mallard duck and her ducklings; three views of the countryside from a northbound train along the East Coast Main Line between York and Newcastle; an exterior walkway emerging from the departments of physics and electronics at the University…

Springtime in England: Instagram IX

gainst a context where there is springtime in both Alaska and Paris, in the Rockies, and for Hitler, but ‘Summertime in England’, ‘Springtime in England’ seems neither here nor there. Indeed, there are various odes to Paris in the spring; while the most memorable evocation tenuously pushing together England and the springtime – at least if you did ever hear about T….

Umeå 2014 and Jokkmokk Winter Market: Instagram VIII

meå stands alongside Riga as one of two European Capitals of Culture for 2014. Since its introduction in 1985, when Athens served as the first official European Capital of Culture, the designation has been variously awarded to one or to multiple cities each year: one city was the rule until 1999, but after nine cities were afforded the title in 2000,…

New York: A Week in Food and Photographs

ast summer, my partner and I spent a week in New York City. This was our first time visiting the city; and for me, despite having covered the breadth of Europe, my first time to the United States and to the Americas (my partner holidayed in Florida in her youth). It was also our first time using Airbnb. We rented an…

Umeå, Skellefteå, Stockholm: Photographs via Instagram VI

ided and abetted by good fortune, over the last month and a bit I’ve enjoyed what were essentially holidays in Sweden and New York. My partner and I spent a couple of weeks in Sweden at the end of June and the beginning of July: we visited family in and around Skellefteå over midsummer, which I posted about briefly mid-trip;…