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I'm an architectural photographer. I travel around Britain interacting with special places. I work from my camper van called Woody and I share my experiences via this digest.

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It came a few months after I'd first set up the Genius Loci Digest. When I opened the email, my eyes immediately focused on those words, and my confidence just drained away.

The email turned out to be a spam marketing ploy from a dubious newsletter designer, but the damage had been done, and the future of the digest hung in the balance.

During my lowest moments, I always seek counsel from friends and family and I was reminded of a quotation that I carry with me all the time:

"What each of us must do is cleave to what we find most beautiful in our human heritage - and pass it on… And to pass these precious fragments on is our mission." - Michael Ventura, The Age of Endarkenment.

"Roll up all that beauty, the insights, the people and the places into your digest and just pass it on, as if it were a baton, to others."

The simplicity of that task is a balm for my doubting self.

A selection of Digest covers

And now, we have reached 100 digests and I'd like to say thank you for your support and patience.

Patience in allowing for my journey with words, my tendency to jam in the photos, and the vagaries of my mental health. I know it isn't perfect, but I work hard at trying to pass on the spirit of what I see and experience.

When I first pitched the idea of the Digest to a friend, he said:

'Hang on - you want to write about yourself? A bloke that travels around in a camper van taking snaps of old buildings? Nah!'

What does a collection of 100 digests look like? Take a look...

I do ache over every detail: from designing the front page to writing up the Observations; and in processing the right photographs for the Hotspots. But the cadence of the digest - week in and week out - has been a boon to my mental health.


Many are aware of the anxiety that I had when I set up the Membership tiers. Once again I took advice from friends and family and they told me to be honest about how I felt and about the difficulties I'd experienced post-covid.

The Membership has provided, not only financial support, but also a caring community that regularly keeps in touch with me.

I've thoroughly enjoyed building up a resource (currently consisting of over 450 posts) of Member benefits including the serialisation of my book, the videos, virtual reality, the Comperandum, the Treasure Hoard Gazetteer, and most recently the Cast Room.


The biggest reward, for me, has been from the Member Powered Photography - where I'm able to provide my professional services for free to places that are better able to spend the savings elsewhere.

Together we've been part of two remarkable projects at Broadwell and Gumfreston with more confirmed for next year.

I'd love to know your stories of how the Genius Loci Digest has inspired you. Please leave a comment in the comments section at the end of this digest. Thank you. 🤗

A few facts from the last 100 digests:

44,000 Users

1375 Subscribers

92 Members

Top 10 Countries that visit the Digest:

UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Germany, France, Austria, Spain.

Over 150,000 words used

Over 7000 images used

Over 58,000 miles in Woody


My favourite quotes:

“I have always longed to be part of the outward life, to be out there at the edge of things, to let the human taint wash away in emptiness and silence as the fox sloughs his smell into the cold unworldliness of water; to return to town a stranger. Wandering flushes a glory that fades with arrival.” J A Baker: The Peregrine.

“…for what I wanted was every last thing, every layer of speech and thought, stroke of light on bark or walls, every smell, pothole, pane, crack, delusion, held still and held together, radiant, everlasting." Alice Munro: The Lives of Girls and Women

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour." William Blake: Auguries of Innocence

"Let no one says the past is dead. The past is all about us and within" Oodgeroo Noonuccal, The Past

"There is no moment too small in the world. Nothing should be lost. Everything has a purpose, and everything is in need of care. This is my creed. Let us embrace it." Suzanne Simard: Finding The Mother Tree.

"I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed. " Christopher Isherwood

"I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind." Emily Bronte

“There are places, just as there are people and objects and works of art, whose relationship of parts creates a mystery, an enchantment, which cannot be analysed.” Paul Nash

St. Melangell, Pennant Melangell, Wales
Lincoln Cathedral
Southwell Minster
St. Mary's Warwick
St. John the Baptist, Sutterby
Beverley Minster
Llanfair Kilgeddin
Ripon Cathedral
Two Saxon towers: Earls Barton and Barton on Humber

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Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 10 March 2023
The vast matrix of interaction between humans, throughout huge stretches of time, has diluted into a collective consciousness enriched by remarkably beautiful and striking things that have been passed on to us with their meaning intact.

The Beverley Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 28 April 2023
And so I find myself, over three days, encapsulated like a fly in amber within the bounds of that gaze.

The Warwick Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 19 May 2023
Here is the full three days of a remarkable journey into the heart of Pembrokeshire.

The Pembrokeshire Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 21st July 2023
Perhaps, collectively, we should devote more time to seeking out and experiencing awe. It seems that we might find it at the churchyard down the lane.

The Bosham Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 3 March 2023
Wirksworth changed the way I see things and I’m thankful for that.

The Wirksworth Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest - 18 Nov 2022
Revue - the app behind this digest is owned by Twitter. I’ve been asked by subscribers if I have an alternative if Revue is caught up in the Twitter maelstrom. I do have an alternative plan for sending out the digest on another platform if Revue is impacted by Twitter’s current issues. Over the year…

The Lincoln Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest - 28 Oct 2022
The servers over at Revue had the gremlins last Friday - so, even though I posted it out, they couldn’t forward it on to you all from their end. Here’s last weeks digest in full. Hope it gets through.Andy.

The Stamford Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 14 July 2023
I’m travelling in Woody on the way to a photoshoot beyond London, but I make a detour to see a place that I’ve been wanting to see for a very long time.

The Brixworth Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 14 July 2023
I’m travelling in Woody on the way to a photoshoot beyond London, but I make a detour to see a place that I’ve been wanting to see for a very long time.

The Ashwell Digest

Saffron Walden

Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 3 Feb 2023
There’s nothing quite like getting caught up in the ouvre of a place than by seeing it through the daub of a writer’s words, the artist’s brush or the photographer’s lens.

The Saffron Walden Digest

The Romney Marsh

Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 1 Sep 2023
I stand and watch the Kentish rag rise up from the dull nights refrain and prick out lines and glyphs that are older than the church itself.

The Romney Marsh Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 25 Aug 2023
This place goes deep into the psyche, deep into time and is deep into the ground.

The Canterbury Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest: 17 March 2023
It’s almost surreal to think that a place as enchanting as Edinburgh truly exists. Whenever I visit this capital city, which exudes the charm of a quaint village, I have to pinch myself to believe it’s only a few hours’ drive away.

The Edinburgh Digest

Pennant Melangell

Pennant Melangell-more realm than place...
This really is a magical place - more realm, than place. Because of its location - at the head of a glacial valley, surrounded by hills full of pine and conifer…

The Pennant Melengall Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest - 13 Jan 2023
Llandaff is to Cardiff as Vatican City is to Rome - although on a much smaller scale.

The Llandaff Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest - 22 July 2022
Decorative handle on the font cover at Bath Abbey.

The Breamore Digest


Andy Marshall’s Genius Loci Digest 29 July 2022
Once again, I’m out and about in my camper this week (including Saturday) travelling through the delights of Lincs and Bucks - recording some of our remarkable material treasures. Members and Patrons can follow me live via Twitter Circles (link posted in the circle ⭕️ - search for #patinamembers ) o…

The Salisbury Digest


My Favourite Stopovers

Stowe House, Buckinghamshire

The Black Mountains, Wales

Llanfair Kilgeddin, Wales

Inchree, Scotland

Long Crichel, Dorset

Ripon, Yorkshire

Aberdaron, Wales

Burford, Oxfordshire

Pentrefelin, Wales

Porth Cwyfan, Wales

Pennant Melangell, Wales


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Photographs and words by Andy Marshall (unless otherwise stated). Most photographs are taken with Iphone 14 Pro and DJI Mini 3 Pro.