Category Archives: Cambridge

Snowdrops

Galanthus ‘Magnet’, Galanthus peshmenii, Galanthus ‘Merlin’. …………………………… Galanthus ‘James Back- house, Galanthus nivalis ‘Anglesey Abbey’. Photo: Botanic Garden, Cambridge, February 2019

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

I did the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at 116 on Monday 28th.  The count was: blue tit 2, great tit 2, blackbird 2, dunnock 2, robin 2, starling 1, jackdaw 2, jay 2 and magpie 2 – 17 birds of … Continue reading

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Botanic Garden, Cambridge

Tuesday 8th January 2019.  The Botanic Garden was quiet; the holidays were over and sudden winter sun under ice blue skies caught people unprepared following a run of dismal days.  Lunch time lovers strolled arm in arm; serious pairs walked … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 10. Looking at Our Own Work: Reflections

The project for the term was agreed in November. The brief was: photographs of any and all kinds of reflections accepted; should be mainly current photos, i.e. taken between 9th November and 9th December; archive photographs can be submitted; and a … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 6. Post-processing

Using mainly Photoshop and Lightroom, just two of the range of packages available, Sue Fifer showed how easy post processing is in the digital age, compared with the time of silver halides and chemical baths.  She described it as a … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 3. Photographic Resources

Tim Ewbank made a presentation and led a discussion on photographic resources, or where to get advice on taking better pictures before you press the shutter.  Sources included: Print – books and magazines Digital – Pinterest, blogs, photosharing sites, e.g. … Continue reading

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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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