'A Cambridge Diary'
Martin Bond is a professional photographer. His "A Cambridge Diary" project, where he posts a portrait photograph of Cambridge online each day, is his own labour of love. It is now in its sixth year, with nearly 2,000 photographs and counting.
"There was little recording of these 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. I thought that maybe someone ought to change that. I started to look out for similar moments, and I began posting a portrait a day on Facebook. That was five years ago. On good days I get as close as I can to the subject or situation, but even after five years of practice, I still feel nervous as I judge where the line might be, or if I have already crossed it. On the days when I'm feeling less bold, I step back and look at placing the subject within the context of a scene that has already taken my notice - and it is these pictures that seem to be the most popular. Perhaps there is no escaping the appeal of picturesque Cambridge."
Why do I do it?
"I think there is a value in our paying attention to each other. We all believe in our right to privacy, and even noticing each other can be seen as intrusive. Yet in that insistence on our privacy, we can also lose something. What I do isn't meant to be intrusive, and is rarely taken that way. On the contrary, generosity and civility seem to me to be on the rise in those moments when I take the trouble to notice other people. This makes me happy. There are countless moments that pass into oblivion by the minute, ordinary ones and extraordinary ones. That can't be helped, but I can least make the effort to capture one moment, once a day, in one town."
We are now selling Martin's 2017 calendar, click on the image for more information and to buy online:
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on email@example.com or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. The photographs are 40 x 60cm. Unframed photographs are £150 and framed photographs are £225