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In 'Cambridge - Town & Gown', photographer Martin Bond has meticulously curated a selection of 365 images chosen from the first seven years of his daily pictures.
As a body of work, it tells a unique tale of this extraordinary, diverse and multi-faceted city, celebrating and challenging its timeless beauty, juxtaposing tradition and ritual with the candid realities of everyday life.
An introduction to each month and captions for every photograph.
A photograph for every day of the year selected from seven years of daily pictures.
Reprieved Christmas lights illuminate Sussex Street as a young girl plays with a balloon
Members of St John’s College Chapel Choir await a call to the pews
A visiting couple dance the tango on a wall outside King’s College
A single lamp illuminates the conversation at an antiques stall late in the afternoon
Snow accentuates the woven canopy of London Planes above Jesus Green Avenue
A grazing cow reaches for willow leaves on the common land of Coe Fen
A group of cyclists take a break outside The Blue Ball public house in Grantchester
At St John's College the Head Gardener's dog enjoys special dispensation
A couple chose transport synonymous to the city to travel from the church
A young woman seems to spurn a suitor who enters the frame by chance
The late afternoon sun provides drama to the clock tower of King’s College
For a Christmas Day picture, a moment from a magazine cover photo shoot
The photographs in 'Town & Gown' are evocative, poignant, striking, humorous and stunningly beautiful. Martin Bond’s clever use of available light creates theatrical images, from intimate encounters to cinematic vistas, where the subject matter melds into or leaps out of the landscape; a neon petrol station against storm clouds, street-lamps spotlighting a food van, a freezing blue fog shrouding a college gate. Famous landmarks are seen reflected in water, dappled in sunlight or suggested through shadows. But at its heart are the human stories. With an eye for detail and the unexpected, lives are played out in these photographs: buskers, toddlers, market traders, students, diners, porters, barbers, sign-writers, cyclists, road workers, professors, stonemasons. The lifecycle of the City is made rich and possible by its inhabitants, a message which becomes more and more apparent as the reader moves through the book.
The book is divided into 12 chronological months, each prefaced by a commentary written by Martin Bond. The text has an attractive immediacy about it, like the photographs. Bond’s economic style reads like miniature headlines of everyday life provoking humour, surprise and empathy. There are occasional potted histories of people and places and a few creative discursions where the photographer's imagination takes over. Presenting a page of text followed by a month of images necessitates turning the pages backwards and forwards but I enjoyed the physical engagement with the book. It’s not a book to read in bed or carry around; it's a tabletop gallery, to be visited, viewed in good light, and savoured.
Artistic Director, Goldfield Productions & CEO, Stapleford Granary