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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #4

Sixteen participants contributed 43 images in response to Tim Ewbank’s challenge to photograph something beginning with ‘T’.  T’s came as nouns and adjectives, concrete and abstract, from trees, tea sets and the Thames to threats, time and translucence.  Eric Smith … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #3

Thirteen participants contributed 40 images in response to Tim’s third challenge.  The four subjects set and number of contributions were: old and new (8); the ‘they’ cave (6); household objects (5) and a splash of colour (21).   We Zoomed … Continue reading

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U3AC Photo Forum Challenge #2

Seventeen participants contributed 56 images in response to Tim’s second challenge.  The four subjects set and number of contributions were: in the garden (17); shape & texture (14); collections (12); light & dark (12); plus one outside the categories.    … Continue reading

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The Telling Image

Since photographs became a possibility in the 1830s we have become surrounded by them, never more so than in our digital age. How have we got here? How do we understand and react to the images we see? J and … Continue reading

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Ralph Gibson

I’ve spent time recently researching photographers to include in my ‘Telling Image’ classes at the Cambridge U3A.  At the back of my mind has been a strong, simple graphic image of the edge of a wall that I might have … Continue reading

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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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