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Last week we went to North Vancouver. For the last two years we haven’t been anywhere very much, but I have wanted to go see the new Museum of North Vancouver for its restored streetcar, and whatever was on at the Polygon Gallery. I had also thought of fish and chips for lunch at the Quay market but that was not to be. They are undergoing renovation and the the chip shop is not one that has stayed open. Fortunately there are other options.

The Polygon has no permanent collection but the current exhibit (until May 1) uses the same title as this post. I did put the three pictures below on Flickr but they have been mostly ignored.

John Constable's Clouds
John Constable's Clouds
John Constable's Clouds

They are three paintings by Constable that he produced outdoors at great speed to record the changes in clouds as the British weather changes rapidly. I was a bit nonplussed by their reception but perhaps I should also have posted this image

I was sufficiently inspired by the exhibit as a whole to point my camera at sky outside.


I don’t claim to be a Constable, but it is now a lot easier to make cloud images than in 1822. I was also much less impressed by some of the (very small) images made by early photographers – later in the 19th century – who were also using far less sophisticated equipment. I don’t know why but somehow looking at the actual paintings made by Constable was much more impressive than watching a program about him on my television set.

These images were all made later in the day. So I would like your response to this question: is it worthwhile for me to post these to Flickr?

Written by Stephen Rees

April 16, 2022 at 12:05 pm

Posted in photography

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