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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 fortnightly project to encourage people to take and submit pictures of their surroundings during this unprecedented time. We are going to be posting a different theme each fortnight and inviting U3A members to submit their photos 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 lockdown.

At the end of every fortnight we will choose and publish up to 15 photos on an online gallery for each theme so that all of our members can enjoy the images. 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 theme "Abstract" is now closed.

The current theme is: "summer"

Deadline for submissions: 1pm Thursday 13th August

Submit your photos by clicking here. 


Thank you very much to everyone who took the time to submit a photo on the theme of Abstract. We had a number of really inventive and creative pictures and it has been a difficult job to choose 15. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we did. The selected pictures from the this theme are below.
 

'Mask Mosaic' by Annette Vowden of Devizes & District U3A

'Mask Mosaic' by Annette Vowden of Devizes & District U3A

A pile of fabric offcuts ready to make into masks. I experimented with different camera settings and found 'fragmented'. They turned into a colourful mosaic.

 
'Acrylic Paints' by Susan Bodsworth of Porthcawl U3A

'Acrylic Paints' by Susan Bodsworth of Porthcawl U3A

This is one of my own abstract works of art. It's acrylic flow paints, you never know quite what the results will be, but its quite exciting when you have finished to see how it's turned out.

'French Beans' by Debbie Edwards of Chorleywood U3A

'French Beans' by Debbie Edwards of Chorleywood U3A

Commemorating my first ever crop of French beans, just enough for one!

 
'Spaghetti' by Jonathan Ruddle of Hartley Wintney& District U3A

'Spaghetti' by Jonathan Ruddle of Hartley Wintney& District U3A

The photo may look like red pipe cleaners but it is actually six pieces of normal spaghetti propped up in the sunlight against two pieces of white paper. A bit of a colour change was then required.

'Shadows' by Cynthia Morton of Sidcup U3A

'Shadows' by Cynthia Morton of Sidcup U3A

Walking past the open doorway of the Orangery at Wrest Park the shadows caught my eye for the abstract designs created onto the wall with the sun shining through the glass roof.

 
'Campus' by Brian Snelsdon of Hockley & Hawkwell U3A

'Campus' by Brian Snelsdon of Hockley & Hawkwell U3A

Southend Campus, Essex University taken on a shopping trip to Southend.

 
'Car' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District U3A

'Car' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District U3A

Our car having been sat on the drive all this time, offers an additional photographic opportunity!

 
'Mirror Abstract' by Elizabeth McIndoe of Worcester U3A

'Mirror Abstract' by Elizabeth McIndoe of Worcester U3A

'Mirror Abstract' - Earlier on during lockdown, I experimented with photographing mirrors, which can be tricky. This image uses a long vintage mirror, some dried leaves and berries and a touch of computer magic!

 
'Soil Colours' by Mike Watson of Stubbington U3A

'Soil Colours' by Mike Watson of Stubbington U3A

'Bending Light' by Chris Winner of Flintshire U3A

'Bending Light' by Chris Winner of Flintshire U3A

Light painting: a 3 second exposure of a moving, flashing LED light strip, 'bent' through a glass sphere. The glass sphere was on a black reflective surface.

'Deserted Tennis Court' by Christine Barrett of Christchurch U3A

'Deserted Tennis Court' by Christine Barrett of Christchurch U3A

'Metal Dish' by Mike Sharp of Melbourne & District U3A

'Metal Dish' by Mike Sharp of Melbourne & District U3A

 I am still self-isolating, which gave me the opprtunity to wander through the house in search of a suitable 'Abstract' subject. The photograph is a close up shot of a shallow metal ornamental dish reflecting natural daylight from a nearby window.

'Rain On Table' by Sheila Simon of Spelthorne U3A

'Rain On Table' by Sheila Simon of Spelthorne U3A

This was taking after some rain on the outside metal table. I liked the pattern it made and thought it would make an interesting shot.

 
'Water' by Tony Pelham of Warrington U3A

'Water' by Tony Pelham of Warrington U3A

Strolling along the docks in Liverpool, I noticed the swirly shapes in the muddy water by the lock. The reflected colours from the blue sky added to the texture.

 
'Kitchen Mayhem' by Jill Cornwell of Hartley Wintney & District U3A

'Kitchen Mayhem' by Jill Cornwell of Hartley Wintney & District U3A

KItchen Mayhem! Playing around with a set of kitchen containers and a little editing in Photoshop!

 
 


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