Faodail: June blog circle

Back to this month’s blog circle and our word for June, which is Gaelic: Faodail (n) (fay-uh-day-l) a lucky find. It might refer to a found object but I’m also interpreting this as stumbling across situations and places that I hadn’t planned or known about in advance, but which felt like I was lucky to witness.

My friend Rebecca and I like to meet up every so often for a photo walk, but with busy working lives and living a distance apart, it can be tricky to find a suitable time and place. This time we settled upon meeting in Cambridge at the end of June. We hadn’t thought about the fact it would be graduation ceremony week; as it turned out, this was all about chapters ending and the new stories ahead, and there was a very tangible energy to the city which really grabbed our creative attention. Neither of us knew our way around but we wandered, got caught up in people and places, and considered ourselves lucky to have picked that particular day – it was just a lovely few hours of ‘finding’ things, so this is a bit of a diary of lucky finds / things I spotted. And 3 café stops… We started off quite by accident finding ourselves in a café that another friend had recommended for it’s ah-may-zing Chelsea buns.

fitzbillies chelsea bun café cambridge photography

The professors like to play the hokey-cokey.

professor notice board cambridge st johns collegeProud parents were being shown around by their about-to-graduate offspring.

hands holding jesus college cambridge programme graduation ceremony prospectus st johns college cambridge cloisters

Disappointed that Room 4 wasn’t a Mr Holmes.

cambridge st johns college staircase

Decided on a whim to look for locations used in the filming of ‘The Theory Of Everything’ / Googling and realising we were already there: St John’s College.

cambridge st johns college film location the theory of everything cloisterschalk graffiti and carving on brick cambridge street photography

We bought tickets to look around Kings College chapel – famous for the carol service every Christmas Eve – but did not expect the scale of the building.  Neither did our tourist friends.

documentary street photography tourists taking pictures in kings college chapel cambridge

We climbed the tower at St Mary’s and came back down to find Girton College students waiting for their graduation ceremony. A mixture of anticipation and, I guess, getting over the celebrations of the night before…

st marks cambridge girton college graduation ceremonydocumentary street reportage photography cambridge graduation ceremony studentsdocumentary street photography Cambridge porter in bowler hat graduation ceremony

And there they go, collecting their degrees and setting off for who-knows-what-next.

graduation ceremony Cambridge students

I also have to mention this surprise. While 2nd shooting at a wedding with Angela Ward-Brown the other weekend, we ended the day on a high – first of all, the setting sun lit the trees over the river a beautiful bright gold. But, then we were treated to a glorious full rainbow framing the marquee and feeling like a really special coda to round off a wedding day. It truly felt like we were very lucky to find it.

wedding at houghton lodge hampshire rainbow over the river test

Now please visit my good friend Ana in Barcelona to discover her lucky finds this month: http://losbaltasar.com/2017/07/01/ineffable-wanderlust-faodail/






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  • Ana - Julie, your whole blog is a lucky find in itself. I love traveling through your photos and reading your stories. I want to know more about Mr Umbrella 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anna - That was indeed a lucky find to be there on graduation day. I love the way you capture  the students waiting for their graduation. Makes me wonder how their lives will turn out. ReplyCancel