Category Archives: Street Photography

Making Connections

‘I got to the end of a project I’ve been working on for some time, which was both pleasing and a relief.  I found that, by working on one particular subject (with a couple of others rumbling in the background), … 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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Brighton

Thursday 26th April 2018.  To Brighton for Hilary’s funeral.  Cold and bright, a stiff breeze whipping up the sea; a luminous day for sad goodbyes.   Walk up through Brighton’s endearing mix of shabby elegance and ephemeral tackiness to the stern … 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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Falun Gong

‘The Falun Gong 24-hour peaceful protest has continued for almost 13 years outside the Chinese Embassy in [Portland Place] London.  July will see the 13th year after the Communist Party of China (CPC) enforced the Falun Gong ban in July 2009.  CPC also initiated a … Continue reading

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Banking

I went to an informal coffee and cake morning today at which Philip Augar spoke about ‘Writing for a Living – Financial Times and Others’.  An ex-banker himself, he was among the first to note in the mid-2000s the pickle … Continue reading

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Newton

Newton, sometimes known as Newton after Blake, is a sculpture by the Eduardo Paolozzi in the piazza outside the British Library.  It is based on William Blake’s 1795 print of Newton: Personification of Man Limited by Reason, which shows Isaac … Continue reading

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The Knowledge

The writer Patrick Leigh Fermor believed passionately in having well-stocked shelves of reference books close to hand, ‘…and they must be near the dinner table where arguments spring up which have to be settled then or never.’  The knowledge is … Continue reading

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Travel Bags

I’m sure there is a thesis to be written on what our travel bags say about us.  Travelling writers would provide good case studies. Patrick Leigh Fermor, about to set out on his trudge across Europe in 1933, stopped off … Continue reading

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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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