Barnes Wallis – a new exhibition

Image courtesy Behance / Northumbria UnviversityCharles Foster, nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby runs the Dambusters Blog. As well as logging fascinating biographical notes and reproducing numerous old photographs, the blog features some intriguing current stories, such as an unusual take on Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the famous bouncing bomb.

At Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, four graphic design students have been working on an exhibition project about Barnes Wallis, as part of their degree course…..the images they have produced are very interesting and effective, and would grace the walls of any gallery if one could be found to take it on.”

“The exhibition is entitled ‘Ducks & Drakes’ and, in the creators’ words, portrays Wallis’s struggles with his conscience ‘after an innocent idea of skimming stones inspired him to create the Bouncing Bomb which had a devastating impact on the German Dams of WW2.” [Charles Foster, Dambusters Blog]”

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Local schoolchildren scoop the top film prizes and meet Jim Broadbent

Last night Lincoln born film actor Jim Broadbent,  of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Moulin Rouge! and Iris fame (to name but a few!) proudly presented this year’s LAFTA awards to children from around the county, including notable young film makers from Woodhall Spa and Horncastle.

St Andrews Primary school (Woodhall Spa) scooped the pool with two awards – Best Non Fiction, years 3 & 4, and Best Fiction for “Sats” a true story produced by years 5 & 6. Students from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Horncastle won the production award. The Awards were presented at Engine Shed in Lincoln on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus.

The LAFTAs Film Awards showcases and celebrates the work of pupils in Lincolnshire who have been involved in the art of film making in school. This year there were more short film and animations than ever before, including for the first time submissions from overseas. The quality of the work produced by the pupils has continued to impress LAFTAs Patron Jim Broadbent, who spoke briefly on camera at last year’s event:

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Colin Reiners, documentary photographer

A few months ago, the residents of Pontremoli, a small town in Liguria, were intrigued by an exhibition of large format photographs by Woodhall Spa resident Colin Reiners. This event was one of many spin-offs from a collection of observational photographs Colin has been working on for several years, portraying life in our village.

I first heard about Colin’s Italian adventure plans last summer when I bumped into him in the village. It turned out he was trying to work out how to make a box suitable for shipping large photographic prints to Italy.

Ladridignomicolinreiners_560w-200x300I had seen some of Colin’s Woodhall Spa photographs when they were displayed at the University of Lincoln a few years ago, and I thought then that he had captured brilliantly the essence of the place, in all its quirkiness. Where else can you come across a jet fighter in a farmer’s field, afternoon tea on the Petwood Hotel terrace, a wooden cinema which has been projecting movies since the twenties and probably the smallest shoe shop in England – all within walking distance? Continue reading