Get involved in U3A Eye

  • 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 fortnightly 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. The photograph must have been taken during the coronavirus pandemic.
 

At the end of every fortnight 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.

To mark the 10th instalment of this initiative, one of the judges, Jeff Carter, offers his reflections on what makes he thinks makes for an interesting photograph and highlights some of his favourites to date: https://sources.u3a.org.uk/2020/08/21/u3a-eye-some-reflections/

The theme "Wood (not trees)is now closed.

The current theme asks for your best/most interesting photos on the theme of: “GLIMPSED

Deadline for submissions: 1pm on Thursday 4th March 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 'Wood (not trees)'. Please see a selection of some of our favourite submissions from this theme below.
 

'Woodpile' by Jill Cornwell of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

'Woodpile' by Jill Cornwell of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

A section of the woodpile in our garden, which will probably make it to the log burner either next winter or the one after, depending on how cold it is!

'Wood Carving In Progress' by Peter Marrs of Droitwich Spa & District u3a

'Wood Carving In Progress' by Peter Marrs of Droitwich Spa & District u3a

Wood carving in progress is a piece of work by my 90 year old father in law, his workshop is full of equipment he requires to produce his art in wood, all his carvings are in Lime wood using any of his bespoke wood chisels. The scene is of a Cornish bay with traditional fishing boat sat on the beach.

'Tarnished timber' by John Guiver of Blackwater Maldon u3a

'Tarnished timber' by John Guiver of Blackwater Maldon u3a

I spotted a rather ordinary dilapidated wooden building whilst out on one of my walks, but saw the potential for a more interesting photographic artwork. I also want to peer through that window to discover what lies within.

'Bowls' by Yvonne Potter of Warrington u3a

'Bowls' by Yvonne Potter of Warrington u3a

These were my father's. I had the bowls turned down & this brought out the lovely grain & colouration, caused by the uneven seasoning of the wood many years ago. The jack (now non-standard) was part of the original set.

'Leaning Post' by Karen Coates of Solihull Central u3a

'Leaning Post' by Karen Coates of Solihull Central u3a

Weather-beaten wooden posts on the beach at Sandsend, North Yorkshire. Taken from a low view point practising leading lines with my Sony dschx400v bridge camera. I kept the image monochrome to bring out the detail in the wood.

'Tree Hugger' by John Pearson of Dumfries u3a

'Tree Hugger' by John Pearson of Dumfries u3a

This is a tiny part of a more than life-size wooden sculpture carved from a tree trunk. It depicts a mother and daughter hugging as they wait for fishermen to return from the sea. I love the way the texture in the tree trunk shows in both the body and the hand.

'Bobbins' by Brian Snelson of Hockley &Hawkwell u3a

'Bobbins' by Brian Snelson of Hockley &Hawkwell u3a

Some of my wife’s wooden lace-making bobbins.

'Logs By The Fire' by Bill	Lockhart of Holywood District u3a

'Logs By The Fire' by Bill Lockhart of Holywood District u3a

Cold winter's night with snow on the ground. I had just gone out to get more logs and pile them by the fireside. It made me feel warm and cosy during the lockdown.

'Clothespegs' by Jim Bartlett of Cardiff u3a

'Clothespegs' by Jim Bartlett of Cardiff u3a

I've been taking the current lockdown more seriously than the previous ones, because of the more infectious Covid variant, so I tried to find a suitable subject in my flat. This is what I came up with.

'Boardwalk' by Jane Thomson of Lanark & District u3a

'Boardwalk' by Jane Thomson of Lanark & District u3a

A beautiful walkway along the banks of the Clyde. It’s very pretty in all seasons and I like how it winds it’s way along and makes you wonder where it might lead- a wee bit like life just now.

'Driftwood' by Jonathan Bye of Sutton Bridge u3a

'Driftwood' by Jonathan Bye of Sutton Bridge u3a

I found this textured piece of driftwood on a Norfolk beach many years ago. It's probably a sea-worn root but also looks vaguely animal and had to come home with me. (photo taken 17/2/21)

'Caen Hill Locks' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

'Caen Hill Locks' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

Caen Hill Locks, Devizes on the Kennet and Avon canal is a favourite place of mine and very local to me. It has a flight of 29 locks, all wooden lock gates and I have included a view of just 3 in this image. It has a rise of 237 feet over 2 miles, a 1 in 4 gradient. Alongside the balancing ponds are a haven for wildlife.

'Cat Sunbathing' by RosemaryGibbs of Rugby u3a

'Cat Sunbathing' by RosemaryGibbs of Rugby u3a

I love the smooth, tactile warmth and distinctive grain of the yew-wood bowl in which the old cat nestles in the sunshine. The supporting cast from the kitchen were arranged so that the play of light would reveal contrasting forms and signs of wear.

'Beach Wood' by John Owen of Worcester Area Group u3a

'Beach Wood' by John Owen of Worcester Area Group u3a

I spotted this colourful beach hut in a local garden centre, a long way from the sea.

'Treen' by Susan Salmon of North Cotswold u3a

'Treen' by Susan Salmon of North Cotswold u3a

My aim was to capture the patterns of real wood on the surface of the apple and on the "burr" pear. The wooden dining table was just a bonus.


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