Category Archives: U3AC Photo Forum

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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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 12: Photobooks

Margaret Kerry led a session of the Forum on ‘Why Photobooks?  Well why not?’ on Friday 25th.  She explained how she used CEWE software to produce several books in different styles and formats.  For the uninitiated she explained the choices … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 11: Generation Z

Today’s session was a joint meet with the U3AC Africa Forum, at which Kerstin Hacker presented the project she is working on in Zambia, ‘Generation Z’.  Kerstin’s starting point is the belief that many aspects of African life are still … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 9. Landscape Photographers

Five members of the Forum spoke about a favourite landscape photographer.  Jitka Brynjolffssen introduced Justin Mimms, a contemporary landscape photographer, who makes atmospheric images of East Anglia.  David Brown went back in time to talk about the work of Liverpool … 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 8. Portraits and Groups

Nick Kerry used artists as diverse as Leonardo de Vinci, Rembrandt, John Swannell and Cecil Beaton to illuminate his session on Friday.  The aim of the portrait, he said, is to capture the personality; pictures may be formal or informal, … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 7. American Photographs

American photography is characterised by tensions, according to Mike Morrish, tensions between the urban and rural, rich and poor, commerce and art.  He argued that these tensions arise from America’s absorption with itself and the long held, but once less … 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 5. Personal Photo Projects

Five people presented personal projects under the umbrella of ‘creative photography’ yesterday.  Jitka Brynjolffssen: the creation of a picture Orange Spray combining multiple images in Photoshop.  Eric Smith: enhanced colour pictures of the random beauty of bismuth crystals; Eric challenged … Continue reading

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U3AC Photography Forum 2018-19 4. History of Photography

Yesterday I presented ‘A (Partial) History of Photography’ to the Forum.  It was partial in both senses: it covered only a small part of the history; and it reflected my tastes and choices.  I tried to blend the history of … 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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Eggleston

Yesterday’s meeting about the U3AC Photo Forum was useful in shaping the programme for the coming year.  Whether it will bring anyone nearer to an understanding of William Eggleston remains to be seen.  After the meeting I bought a copy … 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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