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Youth, Wilfred Dudeney

Youth by Wilfred Dudeney stands, or rather kneels suggestively, outside Pemberton House, Pemberton Row, London.  It was commissioned in 1955 to stand in front of the headquarters of the Starmer Group, owners of northern local newspapers, in collaboration with the … Continue reading

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Berney Arms

The station at Berney Arms has the air of a remote halt in a western movie where a solitary figure, vengeful or avenging, alights and the train disappears into the distance down a single track.  East, not west, just four … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 12 – Landscape

Today the Forum discussed landscape photographs submitted by members.  Twenty-eight pictures covered mountains and beaches, hills and lakes, rocks and trees, sunshine and snow.  They ranged from carefully considered, technically accomplished views to album pictures more important emotionally to the … Continue reading

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Deckchair

I sat in the sun I moved my chair into sun I sat in the sun the way hunger is moved when called fasting. Jane Hirshfield Photo: Green Park, London, 2011

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Transformations

A door is a door.  A photograph of a door is a faithful representation of it.  But not always.  Move in closer and the door becomes an abstract impression of light and shade, textures and tones, forms and planes.  Look … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 11 – Street Photography

‘Street photography: observing or connecting?’ was the question Jane Lynas and I posed to the U3AC Photography Forum yesterday.  Our starting points were that street photography: pictures people and everyday life in public spaces; relies on serendipity and ambiguity; explores … Continue reading

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Keeping On

On Monday I went to see ‘Cezanne – Portraits of a Life’ at the Cambridge Picturehouse.  It’s a Screen Arts production based on the exhibition showing at the National Portrait Gallery.  Fascinating insights into an extraordinary body of work, if … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 11 – Wildlife

Jane Greatorex on wildlife photography today.  Lots of practical advice about: equipment and how to use it; dressing comfortably for the conditions; selecting the viewpoint and catching the light in the golden hour; knowing and respecting your subject (field craft); … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 10 – Cityscapes

Mike Morrish led today’s Forum meeting.  He said that the whole city is rarely the subject for photography, rather it is the context for work around architecture and human activities.  He argued that cityscape photography only starts in the early … Continue reading

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Grave Humour

Fritz Spiegl trawled Britain’s graveyards and collected a mass of comic and curious memorial inscriptions.  They were collated into A Small Book of Grave Humour, first published in 1971.   Among the entries was: ‘Here lays John Tyrwitt, / A learned … Continue reading

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Flags

This house in Berlin, Maryland, displays three American icons: a stoop, a Bald Eagle and the Stars and Stripes.  I can’t claim to know the United States very well – just three visits as a tourist – but I get … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 9 – Portraiture

Today the Forum blind-viewed around 20 portraits submitted by members, from formal studies to snapshots and street photography to documentary shots.  As such it was like comparing apples and oranges and pears and melons and posed the overarching question, ‘What … Continue reading

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Assateague Island

‘After breakfast we drove from Berlin to Assateague Island, which lies off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia.  It’s a long – 37 miles – sandy barrier island with dunes and wind-formed pine trees between the Atlantic to the east … Continue reading

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Contrails

‘Contrails present a bit of a dilemma for cloudspotters.  On the one hand, they are both interesting to observe and often very beautiful. …. On the other hand, there is growing evidence that the preponderance of contrails is having a … Continue reading

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The Hand

The Hand.  ‘Ray Kaskey worked with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials to create a sculpture that would reflect their mission.  From early on, Kaskey conceived of a monumental work that would dominate the space in a dramatic way and … Continue reading

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