Category Archives: Cambridge

U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 1. Introduction

The opening session to set out how the Forum will work.  The overall objective is to ‘improve our individual practice of photography’.  The Forum will be participative, educational and fun.  It is not a camera club, not competitive, nor a … Continue reading

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Red

Monday: a Egglestonesque moment in Balzano’s car park, and reading Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red flashed into my mind In the novel: ‘Two Europeans (“Franks” to the Turks and, to this day, Farangi to Iranians) stroll through a meadow. … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19

Meeting with Tim Ewbank and others this morning to discuss the programme for the Forum in the coming year.  I think my mission is to make the members come to terms with the photography of William Eggleston. Photo: Swiss Laundry, … Continue reading

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Cambridge Open Studios

The Cambridge Open Studios has grown into an extraordinary phenomenon with over 370 artists showing their work in 230 venues across Cambridgeshire through four weekends in July.  Its success prompts three questions.  Is Cambridge and the surrounding area exceptionally rich … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 5

Ariadne, daughter of Pasiphae and Minos, fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and, with a thread, helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur. Here the legends diverge, as they so often do: she was abandoned … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 4

I’m fascinated by the strangeness of the Museum of Classical Archaeology.  On one level it’s the unease at being watched over in our mortality by all those lowering gods and emperors, like being entombed prematurely in a great sepulchre.  Then … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 3

Sculpture from the temple of Zeus at Olympia. ‘Here the subject is a battle between Lapiths and Centaurs, mythical tribes of northern Greece, which took place at a wedding feast. The Centaurs, half horse half man, had been invited to … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 2

‘Harmodios and Aristogeiton were honoured for bringing an end to tyranny and restoring democracy in Athens in 514 BCE.  In the early fifth century BCE the emerging democracy in Athens was crushed by the coming to power of two tyrants, … Continue reading

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Renee Spierdijk

Renee Spierdijk at the Alison Richard Building, Cambridge.  ‘Renee Spierdijk’s work responds to images of young girls and women, mainly from found photographs.  She choose portraits that are taken in formal settings, with the individual often surrounded by political or … Continue reading

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Classical Archaeology 1

Niobe, a daughter of Tantalus, King of Lydia, foolishly boasted that her children where more beautiful than Apollo and Artemis, the offspring on Leto and Zeus.  The two gods killed all of Niobe’s children and she was turned to stone, … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 25 – Members’ Street Photography

Members of the Forum were asked to submit their photographs for this session, which followed naturally on the previous two classes.  I provided the following brief.  ‘Street photography can be interpreted in a number of ways. Pictures: of people and … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 24 – Points of View Day Photographs

Last week members of the Forum used two hours in the morning to take photographs, see blog 26th May.   Helen Cherry set the brief given below.           Please meet at the normal time at our … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 23 – Points of View Day

On Friday members of the Forum went out to take photographs for the first time.  Helen Cherry set us the challenge of spending two hours in the town centre making pictures covering four themes: curves; bikes on the move; a … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 19 – View of Britain

The View of Britain session was an opportunity for members of the Forum to share their photographs of this country, looking at things that are typically British.  Subjects could include landscapes, towns, villages, buildings, pastimes and traditional events, indeed anything they thought … Continue reading

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Fen Display

‘The Fen Display demonstrates the transition in the vegetation from deep open water with waterlilies through reedbed and wet margins to woodland (fen carr) consisting mainly of birches and willows. This range of habitats from deep-water to drier margins supports … Continue reading

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