Above: Nineteenth Century Miner's Cottage, Brea.
Above: Pengegon Flower Show.
Above: Bolenowe. All from Jem Southam, Landscape Stories, Princeton, 2005. A serendipitous encounter at the Readings bargain table. Southam's work captures the melancholy beauty of the English winter. And the colours in his photographs have to be seen to be believed: if the book is this good then his prints must be breathtaking. They take me back to the winters I spent on the island of my ancestors, when memories of hedonistic childhood summers were flipped cruelly on their underside: dark, bleak cold and a constant reminder between the white washed walls and rosaries of my Catholic grandmother's house of the imminence of our decay. A perfect source of teenage despair.