(1) Pre-Digital Archive
Most of the following photographs were taken using a basic Instamatic camera, without any expectation they might one day become available to such a wide audience. During the 1980s and 1990s my work regularly involved travelling throughout large parts of Somerset, thereby enabling me to capture a variety of scenes.
Water from the swollen River Brue escaping through the bank to cascade down onto the road between Glastonbury and Meare (c1983)
Utility pole struck by lightning, Ebborways Farm, near Wookey Hole (Summer 1982)
This genuine indoor snow scene was the result of a cracked window and a blizzard. The picture was taken on the half-landing at my mother’s flat in Wellington, Somerset (1970s).
Overhanging snowdrifts on the B3187 near Langford Budville, West Somerset (December 1978)
The following snow scenes were taken in east Somerset,
in January 1982.
The fountain at Dulcote after a long spell of sub-zero temperatures
Maesbury Halt on the Mendip Hills. Once the summit of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, the line was closed in 1966 and the station later converted into a private residence.
The railway line from Torr Quarry, East Cranmore, blocked by snow
Winter sunset on a country road between Frome and Shepton Mallet
Somewhere near Frome, a line of telegraph poles marches away into the darkening east at sunset
Snowdrifts at Sampford Arundel after the blizzards of February 1978
(by Deborah Latham)
(2) Digital Archive
Wave clouds above the Blackdown Hills
Sunrise over Sherford (December 2014) (by Deborah Latham)
Chimneys at sunrise – Sherford (September 2016)
The frozen content of an ornamental garden bowl lends a whole new meaning to having ice with your drinks
Around 0100 hrs, 19 July 2017: Lightning over Sherford keeps within the clouds
19 July 2017: Neighbouring houses illuminated by distant lightning
19 July 2017: Houses and night sky illuminated by lightning much closer to hand