Photographs that change the way you see Cambridge
A Cambridge Diary began in 2010 as a personal project by photographer Martin Bond who wanted to capture the normal goings-on in his home city of Cambridge. His motivation was that there seemed to be very little recording of everyday moments in the lives of ordinary people in Cambridge, perhaps because there has always been so much else to be admired and photographed in this beautiful city. He decided to take a picture of everyday life, every day and post his photographs on a page he hastily created on Facebook and expected no one to take much notice. Over the years however as his creative style has developed, so has his following, and whilst his pictures do include both ‘town and gown’ he avoids the established hackneyed imagery in a move to try to change the way that people see Cambridge.
"Martin Bond's photographs are anchored firmly in a time, in a town, and demonstrate that Cambridge is not only mellow stone and fruitful learning. The spontaneity with which the pictures are taken reflects a town that is full to bursting with all sorts of people, and that joyfulness and yearning and resignation and hope can be evident in any face. These images, over many days, might well remind us, while we are busy dreaming of some quiet other life that would provide happiness; the nine bean rows, the hive for the honey bee - that life is happening to us here, now, that we provide each other's happiness, move each other to pity or laughter, and that, like Martin, we would benefit from paying more attention to each other."