Category Archives: Cambridge

U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 22: Mobile Phone Photography

On Friday Jitka Brynjolffssen explored the potential of mobile phone photography.  Even in the short history of photography the phone’s rise has been remarkable: 1997 first patent, 2000 first cameras, 2007 smart phones and today ubiquitous.  Its benefits include: convenience, … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 21: Alternative Photography

The session last Friday (a joint effort with Alasdair Hayden-Wright) was an attempt to encourage members to look beyond the safe predictability of digital photography.  The message was: ‘Experiment, play, have fun’.  Central to this was revisiting the analogue world … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 20: Exhibition 2019

The U3AC Photo Forum Exhibition (U3AC offices until  21 June) includes 26 photographs by members of the group.  They are drawn from four projects tackled over the year: ‘Patterns’, Reflections’, ‘Song Titles’ and ‘The Other Cambridge’.  Through these topics they … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 8

Working, usually at a laptop, is one of the main occupations of people sitting in public.  And they are most often in cafes where the cost of office space in the price of a cup of coffee, say £3.00 for … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 8

Choosing a seat in a public place involves careful consideration of personal space.  We are very diffident about asking to share café tables; and on buses and trains we sit beside a stranger only when all other separate seats are … Continue reading

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Unmanageable Tourism

‘The Dutch tourist board is to stop actively promoting the Netherlands as a holiday destination because its main attractions – the canals, tulips and windmills – are becoming both overcrowded, the Telegraaf said on Monday. In future the NBTC will … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 7

Another reason for people to sit about in public spaces: a cigarette break. Photo: Senate House Hill, Cambridge, April 2019

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Memory Trip

Another experiment for the U3AC alternative photography session.  Much simpler this time: a cassette of Ilford XP2 in an Olympus Trip, again high street processed.  Reminded me what a pleasure the Trip is to use and how good the results … Continue reading

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Double Exposure

I am preparing a session on alternative photography for the U3AC Photo Forum.  The idea is to encourage people to break away from straightforward use of a digital camera.  One approach is to go back to film and create deliberate … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 5

Another book of moments (see post 21st March 2019) is People Kissing by Levine and Ramey (Princetown Architectural Press 2019).  More active that quiet moments, the sub-title is ‘A Century of Photographs’ and it reveals the shifts in social and … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 4

Alasdair and I are planning a session for the U3AC Photography Forum loosely titled ‘Alternative Photography’.  The aim is to get people to play, experiment and have photographic fun, by using film, for example.  So, I loaded an Olympus Trip … Continue reading

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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 2

The previous post has set me thinking that there might be a photo book in my pictures of people sitting in quiet moments.  This would be in a similar vein to my Ruckenfigur Revisited (2013).  More elevated examples are Elliott … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 18: Walkabout – The Other Cambridge

The brief for the walkabout practical session last week was the following.  ‘The title “The Other Cambridge” is deliberately vague and wide open. The sub-title is “the Cambridge that the tourists don’t see”. So anything that you consider falls into … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 17: Walkabout

Friday’s session was a practical: out and about taking photographs of ‘The Other Cambridge’.  My efforts will be revealed next week.  In the meantime, here’s a spectacular coat and umbrella spied (by me and another) on Trinity Street.  Photo: Trinity … Continue reading

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Grass Tree

‘Xanthorrhoea glauca, known as the grass tree, is a large plant in the genus Xanthorrhoea, widespread in eastern Australia. The trunk can grow in excess of 5 metres tall, and may be many branched. It is occasionally seen in large … Continue reading

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