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Banburyshire Rambles Journal:

Videos & Short Films

Landscape image, “You can go anywhere from Shutford Five-Ways”, 31st August 2013
“You can go anywhere from Shutford Five-Ways”, 31st August 2013

Photos are nice. They can capture a scene; but they can’t really capture a ‘moment’. When you’re immersed in the outdoors it’s the soundtrack you hear that can make an otherwise everyday scene more inspiring. That’s why, a few years ago, in addition to photographs I started to make the occasional video.

This area of the blog holds videos that feature the local landscape of Banburyshire, and occasionally, elsewhere.

Video screenshot, ‘Out here on the perimeter… A March St. David’s Day wander in the dusk’, 3rd March 2020
‘Out here on the perimeter… A March St. David’s Day wander in the dusk’, 3st March 2020

I have always taken photos, but the ‘Banburyshire Rambles Photo-Journal’ arose out of the improving quality and affordability of digital photography twenty years ago. Likewise, the recent availability of cheap, high quality video equipment has led me to make short films of the local landscape. This part of the blog collects those videos together.

Often times my walks videos have no commentary, and may instead have some random music composed in my head on the walk, or a musical earworm that paced me along the way. I don’t really need to talk when the landscape itself can speak more eloquently than I can. Every now and again I may put some seemingly random voice-over to scenes from a walk, usually to convey the thoughts that the scene inspired at the time.

To make browsing easier the videos are split into sections: Below are the five most recent; there are also pages for ‘2021 & Earlier’, and ‘2022 & Later’.

Five most recent videos

The title image for Ramblinactivist’s Video No.25 of 2022 ‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2022/25, 8th August 2022:

John Woolman and Banbury’s Quaker Meeting House

In 1772, a Quaker went on a journey through England, visiting the meeting house in Banbury, to preach about the ills of slavery; a journey that would end with his death in York at the beginning of October. The words he spoke during his life are just as true today, and in the context of today’s materialistic society, are even more revolutionary than when he spoke them over 250 years ago.

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