"It was actually two years ago, John"
…….OK, two years ago then, I went to take photos of Downing College in Cambridge and ended up photographing the Autumn leaves. This year I thought I'd take some photos of the leaves against the stonework of the buildings. It didn't really work out that way and I wandered on to other colleges too. Here's what happened.....
Believe it or not that last photo, weird as it may seem, is not a double exposure or any other kind of technical trickery. Behind me there was a tree which was reflected in an old window that had somehow been double-glazed and gave a double reflection. Beyond the window, on the other side of the room, were more windows and beyond them stone arches.
All four colleges visited - Downing, Emmanuel, Christ's and Sidney Sussex - are on a half-mile (800 metre) stretch of Cambridge's main street. They are all worth a visit, both for their historic architecture and their gardens. Better still they don't charge you a penny to walk around and take photos. All they ask is that you remember that this is a learning environment and kindly keep off the grass. Remember though that all colleges usually closed to visitors from mid-April to mid-June for exams.