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  • Are you a budding photographer?
  • Keen to learn a new skill or simply interested in the world around you and how it appears? 
We are running a rolling project to encourage members to take and submit pictures of their surroundings during this unprecedented time. We post a different theme each fortnight and invite you to submit your photo on that topic. This is not a competition and it is not about your photographic skill – what we want from you are interesting photos, possibly different ways of viewing things, anything which has captured your imagination or caught your eye. 
 

At the end of every deadline, we will choose and publish up to 15 photos on an online gallery for each theme. All you need to do is upload your photo using the form below (you will receive an acknowledgement once submitted).

Please only submit one photo per person. Your photo should also not include any people.

The new theme asks for your best/most interesting photos on the theme of: ”folds, creases and grooves". 

Deadline for submissions: 1pm on Thursday 21st October 2021.
 

Submit your photos by clicking here. 


Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to submit a photo on the theme of "Architecture & Buildings" - view chosen images from this theme below and follow the links to view previous galleries. The gallery on the theme of ”Black & White" will be posted by the end of the week. 

'Dunbar Houses' by Graham Wood of Sidcup u3a

'Dunbar Houses' by Graham Wood of Sidcup u3a

The photo is of detail from the Dunbar Old Town Hall taken a few days ago on holiday. I liked the fact that someone had taken the time and effort to make this divider house-shaped.

'Wood House in the Woods' by Steve Skinner of Horndean & District u3a

'Wood House in the Woods' by Steve Skinner of Horndean & District u3a

It's only after I'd put it all together that I found the instruction sheet. Close enough.

'Levels' by Frank Wharram of Chesterfield u3a

'Levels' by Frank Wharram of Chesterfield u3a

A fine example of Victorian iron work at Castlefields, Manchester

'London' by Derek Robbins of Balsall Common u3a

'London' by Derek Robbins of Balsall Common u3a

This view appealed to me as you have the juxtaposition between the old and the new. The tall building is 20 Fenchurch Street also known as the Walkie Talkie building which hosts the Sky Garden restaurant and bars on its top floors.

'Hangar' by John Guiver of Blackwater Maldon u3a

'Hangar' by John Guiver of Blackwater Maldon u3a

I spotted the contrast between the sky and the corrugated iron on this aircraft hanger at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome and thought it made for an interesting shot.

'Under The Arches’ by Karen Coats of Solihull Central u3a

'Under The Arches’ by Karen Coats of Solihull Central u3a

Reivaulx Abbey. Historic ruined abbey in North Yorkshire with impressive towering architecture- looking through the arches to tiny more modern quaint cottages in the village.

'On Paper' by Bob Hunt of Forest Town & District u3a

'On Paper' by Bob Hunt of Forest Town & District u3a

Paper architecture. Kirigami takes Origami one step further and involves cutting and folding paper. Made from one sheet of A4 card, when folded and opened to 90 degrees reveals a 3d model.

'Model Town' by Terry Waldron of Spire & Waldon u3as

'Model Town' by Terry Waldron of Spire & Waldon u3as

Taken on 14 August 2021 at Wimborne Model Town & Gardens, close to Wimborne Minster town in Dorset. I had been there once but needed to take my wife who was enthralled by the models.

'New York Evening' by David Hart of Chesterfield u3a

'New York Evening' by David Hart of Chesterfield u3a

You would not think such a small area could contain so many, so large, buildings. This was taken in New York as the stormy evening light faded. It has been manipulated a little - not much - to emphasise the threat which remains in the lull of the storm.

'Lichfield Cathedral' by Jill Robertson of Sutton Coldfield u3a

'Lichfield Cathedral' by Jill Robertson of Sutton Coldfield u3a

I have always thought that Lichfield Cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful. The gothic architecture of the west front showing saints, kings and queens is so magnificent that it’s difficult to take it all in. I settled on just the doorway for this shot taking in the fine detail and marvelling at the skill of it’s creation long ago.

'Corfe Castle' by Tessa Phillips of Potters Bar u3a

'Corfe Castle' by Tessa Phillips of Potters Bar u3a

Holidaying in Swanage we took the bus to Weymouth. I took this Photo of Corfe Castle as we passed. The castle has a rich history. It was founded by William the Conqueror over 1000 years ago. It is roughly triangular and divided into 3 enclosures. At the outbreak of the Civil War the castle was a challenge for Parliamentarian forces and ordered to be destroyed to prevent further military use. It is now owned by the National Trust.

'Royal Crescent' by Robert Piper of Norton Radstock u3a

'Royal Crescent' by Robert Piper of Norton Radstock u3a

This is a photo of the Royal Crescent in Bath. It was such a beautiful day, and everything seemed right with the world early in the year.

'Building Blocks and the Architecture of Life' by Angela Owen or Worcester Area u3a

'Building Blocks and the Architecture of Life' by Angela Owen or Worcester Area u3a

I was so fortunate to be able to visit ‘The Great Exhibition’ at Lichfield Cathedral, a light and sound show based on the theme of the ‘evolution of science’. It was truly spectacular and moving, especially as the appreciation of the contribution of science in our time has been elevated. In this photo, a modern light structure depicts DNA, the scientific understanding of the architecture of life. This is set amidst the ancient walls and windows of the cathedral, hallowed old building blocks pertaining to the architecture of religious faith. What a relevant contrast between these two, perhaps contradictory or perhaps complementary, ways of perceiving meaning in life.

'Sticke Tennis Court' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

'Sticke Tennis Court' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

This unusual building is a Sticke tennis court - merging aspects of real tennis, racquets and lawn tennis. It is in Corsham; local to me but not well known.

'Chimneys' by Sue Andrews of Braintree u3a

'Chimneys' by Sue Andrews of Braintree u3a

This photo is of a Cambridge Street. It interested me because the chimneys are dominant and nearly as tall as the houses.


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