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 that category can be included.  The only rule is that images have to be taken on 8th March, anytime during that day (not merely during our class time).’  A suggested supplementary requirement was that the picture should be recognisably of Cambridge.  Members were asked to submit up to three pictures.  The results were presented and discussed on Friday 15th.

Sixteen members of the Forum submitted 45 photographs, which Mike Morrish put into five categories, buildings (12), people and places (10), places (10), details (8) and transport (5).  Around 90% of the pictures were in colour.  Members met the requirement of photographing the Cambridge the tourists don’t see in one of two ways.  First, by the choice of location, which ranged from the A14 to the Elizabeth Way roundabout, Addenbrooke’s to Fen Road, the Lime Kiln Pits to the Science Park and including various unlikely corners.  Second, by picturing the City from high or low viewpoints, by looking over walls and by picking out easily missed details.  The best pictures began to establish a new visual language for Cambridge.

At J’s suggestion I concentrated on churchyards in or close the City centre.  These included All Saint’s Garden, the Catholic Church, Great St Mary’s, Little St Mary’s, Michaelhouse, the Round Church, St Benet’s, St Botolph’s, St Clement’s, St Edward’s and St Paul’s.  I took photographs in only seven of these and it was easy to narrow my three down to Little St Mary’s, St Benet’s and St Edwards, which are shown here.

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