Category Archives: U3AC Photo Forum

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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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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