Category Archives: U3AC Photo Forum

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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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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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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Take a Seat – Take a Moment 4

Alasdair and I are planning a session for the U3AC Photography Forum loosely titled ‘Alternative Photography’.  The aim is to get people to play, experiment and have photographic fun, by using film, for example.  So, I loaded an Olympus Trip … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 19: Song Titles

The last session of term was a collation of members’ work based on song titles.  The minimal rules set by Tim were: images can be newly taken or from personal archives; the title can be any type of song – … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 18: Walkabout – The Other Cambridge

The brief for the walkabout practical session last week was the following.  ‘The title “The Other Cambridge” is deliberately vague and wide open. The sub-title is “the Cambridge that the tourists don’t see”. So anything that you consider falls into … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 17: Walkabout

Friday’s session was a practical: out and about taking photographs of ‘The Other Cambridge’.  My efforts will be revealed next week.  In the meantime, here’s a spectacular coat and umbrella spied (by me and another) on Trinity Street.  Photo: Trinity … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 16: Managing a Legacy Photo Archive

On Friday Sue Fifer treated the Forum to the lively story of how she dealt with the 11,000 slides (mounted transparencies) left by her late husband.  Here are her rules.  1. Don’t put it off.  2. Do it alone.  3.  … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 15: Photography – Image and Identity

This topic for the Forum came out of the discovery of Foster Huntington’s The Burning House.  This posed on-line the question, ‘If your house were on fire, what would you take with you?’  Ninety one per cent of those replying … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 14: Patterns

Nick Kerry ran today’s session on patterns.  He suggested that photographing patterns both helps us to see at things in different ways and reflects a natural human urge to seek structure.  Using 30 pictures from 45 submitted, he looked at … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum 2018-19 13: Morality and Controversy in Photography

Helen Cherry approached this under three broad headings: fake photographs; shocking photographs; and controversial art photographs.  She took us from the Cottingley Fairies through the work of a wide range of photographers, including Robert Capa, Mikhael Subotsky, Eddie Adams, Nick … Continue reading

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