Category Archives: Street Photography

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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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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Pigeons – Trafalgar Square

One of the most exciting things about going to London as a child was feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square.  We bought bags of food – I remember it as peas, but maybe it was corn – from the vendors … Continue reading

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1,000th Post

This is my one thousandth post; the first was a picture of Southwark Bridge on 18th October 2010.  Each post has at least one photograph, some several, so well over a thousand pictures in total (including some not by me).  … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 7 – What Makes a Good Picture?

Gerry Metcalfe, camera club member and photo judge of 20 plus years took the Forum through the challenges of judging.  The post on 21st July 2017 covers an earlier presentation to the U3AC by Gerry.  His views on judging? ‘It’s … Continue reading

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Street Photography

Next term I shall be leading a session on street photography at the U3AC Photo Forum.  What is street photography?  Westerbeck and Meyerowitz write about: ‘…pictures of people who are going about their business unaware of the photographer’s presence.  They … Continue reading

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Pied Piper

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is the eponymous character in a legend dating back to the Middle Ages from the German town of Hamelin.  The story describes a piper dressed in multi-coloured clothing, who is a rat-catcher hired by the … Continue reading

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Urban Photographs

Roger Estop has an excellent blog: ‘Reading urban photographs – What photographs tell us about places’ (readingurbanphotographs.com).  In a posting, ‘Urbanism through the window’, Roger quotes a definition that, ‘Urban design is everything that you can see out of the window’; and … Continue reading

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Clocks

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, / Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, / Silence the pianos and with muffled drum / Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.  The first, less well-known, version … Continue reading

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Red Balloon

The Red Balloon is a 1956 French fantasy film by Albert Lamorisse.  It follows the adventures of a young boy, Pascal, who one day finds a red balloon, which follows him through the streets of Paris. Pascal and the balloon … Continue reading

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Collecting Comfort

In the coming week the five main terrestrial TV channels will show over 26 hours of programmes devoted to antiques and ‘collectables’.  What drives this anodyne output?  For the programme makers, the comparatively low production costs is an attraction.  For … Continue reading

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Pink

A Google search tells me that: ‘The color pink represents caring, compassion and love. The pink color stands for unconditional love and understanding, and is associated with giving and receiving care. Since pink is a combination of red and white, … Continue reading

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Car Futures

Computer controlled self-driving cars are being touted as the future for motoring.  Well, just maybe, though it has the ring of one of those mistaken ‘Tomorrow’s World’ promises about it.  Will it be safer, or at least as safe as … Continue reading

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Street Photography – Two Views

Earlier this week I spent an hour with David Runnacles drinking coffee and looking through his latest Cambridge street photography.  David has a very distinctive style.  His slices of street life are inhabited by lots of people, usually in close … Continue reading

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