Tuesday, 23 December 2003
Pix Of The Day: What Is Real And What Is Not
CREDITS: photograph  © Ian Davey/SuffolkCAM.com; paintings  © Sandra Francis;  © Philip & Glyn Martin;  © Ipswich Museum (by Leonard Squirrel).
WHERE: Kersey, Suffolk, England. WHAT: art & photography of village scenes.
MAP: Kersey, Suffolk. Thumbnails pop-up  larger image    source pages.
One might be tempted to think that the rural village quaintness of Merrie England, if it ever really existed, has gone forever. Perhaps it may be found in old illustrations remembered from picture books read on rainy days in early childhood, or in watercolors and engravings. The high born among you may even have enjoyed a Constable depiction of such scenes in pater's private collection. Amazingly, such idyllic scenes do still exist and, with the exception of a few modern motor cars parked around rather than the hay wains of Constables day, they seem to have survived as far as superficial visual appearances are concerned.
The first image, on the left above, is from a compilation that may be seen in the SuffolkCAM.co.uk archives. Not only has web master Ian Davey depicted the surviving quaintness of the village of Kersey, but his compilation also includes pictures of one of John Constable's famous painting locations at Flatford Mill.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)