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U3AC Summer School 2018: A (Partial) History of Photography in 50 pictures

I ran my one hour session on the history of photography for the U3AC Summer School today.  As the title above says, it was partial in being only part of the story and my personal take on the subject.  It … Continue reading

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Burning Beech

Why would you do this to a beautiful beech tree?  Or to any living thing.  How does the wood wide web responds to such an assault?  Photo: Beechwoods, Cambridge, July 2019.

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In the Pink

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‘Pink, a delicate color that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness. The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 23: Review

Today the Forum reviewed how 2018-19 had gone, the successes and the scope for improvement.   It can be summarised under process, content and personal benefits. Positive aspects of the process included: being clear that it was a Forum (not a … Continue reading

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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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