By mrswoolybill
My apologies for spending very little time on the site recently. One reason why I have been very busy (apart from a visiting French band...) is that I have been helping to set up a local U3A branch - University of the Third Age. Itís not nearly as high-powered as the name implies, and nothing like the French original that Lucy & Pascal may know. Itís small-scale, voluntary, community-based, self-help study for the more mature citizen.
By way of a social getting-to-know-one-another activity for members, we are running monthly craft workshops. I took my camera along to one, on the basis that photography is a craft.
I took a few shots with flash, then switched the flash off. At the end of the afternoon I said ĎThank you folks, thatís 200 picturesí, and everyone was amazed - there had been no more flashes so they all assumed Iíd taken nothing further. Itís a trick that I shall bear in mind for the future...!
Here are a few pictures, more to follow tomorrow.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Close-up and macro Craft Crafty Portraits and people U3a Handicrafts Senior citizens Grey generation Senior moment

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LuzDeNoche 10 2 France
7 Jul 2008 7:00AM
A great pair of shots. In V1 the background is just as interesting as the foreground, right down to the bottle (sherry?) on the left!
V2, the hands, the needle, the yarn parallel to the old dear's wrinkles (sorry, laughter lines) - a lovely naturally harmonious composition.
I'm trying hard not to think of Brel's song Les Vieux - but then these ladies are nothing like the oldies he describes.
Smile Lucy

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bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 7:19AM
A super set of shots

Nice set Moira, good candid work as ever, I hope you can expand on 5 as the colours should work well in a sparkly way.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
7 Jul 2008 7:24AM
A good set of pictures

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
7 Jul 2008 8:06AM
esp. like #1 (composition) & 4 (colours)

will remember your trick : hate to be intrusive or noticed
Strobe 10 1.3k United States
7 Jul 2008 8:12AM
Good photo journalism, I like the whole series.
7 Jul 2008 8:16AM
Nice set of images Moira,
wyatturp 12 2 England
7 Jul 2008 8:20AM
Morning can you knit me a jumper-LOL

Doug----------------Good to look at
peugeot406 11 7 1 England
7 Jul 2008 8:24AM
Super set of images
User_Removed 11 485 13 England
7 Jul 2008 8:40AM
another fabulous collection of shots, telling yet another story. This is almost like a photographic book. Wonderful

MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 9:20AM
Really interesting set. No 5 being my favourite
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
7 Jul 2008 9:20AM
Lovely set of shots, The colours in No 4 are wonderful, love the shoes in 5, super colouring in the complete set, look forward to more....

imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 9:21AM
A really nice idea for a social gathering and a fine set to go with it
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
7 Jul 2008 9:55AM
A wonderful idea Moira, I hope it all goes well for you & the ladies, though judging by your pics it most certainly will.
A lovely set of colourful images.
I like how you have gone over the ladies shoulder in V3, not at all intrusive.
I also love that moccasin of the lady with the multi coloured wool in V5....fancy a pair of thoseWink
Look forward to more.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
7 Jul 2008 10:15AM
#1 is great ...a super and a very effective composition
Vilcens 10 39 3 Latvia
7 Jul 2008 10:38AM
Love those shots Moira. Great idea for a shoot-out Smile
# 4 is my favourite for its' colourfulness.
And indeed you are right; Photography IS a craft (allthough maybe less than it used to be in the good, old film days ???). Ha ha, probably I will get a good hiding for that last comment Smile

challicew 10 1 1 South Africa
7 Jul 2008 10:50AM
I am really a person that believes in getting involved in the community, and I think this is a fantastic idea for the maturer 'evergreens'.
These are awesome photographs
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
7 Jul 2008 10:59AM
Moira Do you ever rest. I paricularly like the images showing the hands especially when they show a little bit of age .
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 11:13AM
Hats off to Moira! I really like the idea of U3A, great fun I'm sure. V1 has to be my favourite for those wonderful old folded hands, giving the impression of having finished her craftwork for the day. Keep them coming, Moira.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
7 Jul 2008 12:34PM
Love the hands in #1
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
7 Jul 2008 12:35PM
Sounds like good fun.
When I was young my sister taught me to knit, used to make ties.

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
7 Jul 2008 1:02PM
What a wonderful idea. V1 is my favorite, you have taken it at a perfect angle.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 1:13PM
I love the range of colours in v4 Moira
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
7 Jul 2008 1:20PM
I do like No 4. A nice detailed coloured image there.I am surprised with No5, that you did not go for ''your'' vertical crop for the right hand side only,for No 6 !!! Or is that to follow ???
A nice set here Moira.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 1:23PM
Wonderful detail and colour. Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
7 Jul 2008 1:26PM
Nice set of image Moria - really like the colours in version 4.
Regards Richard.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 1:43PM
Thank you everyone! Mick's comment reminded me that I had taken a vertical legs shot - now uploaded as V6.
proz 13 205 United States
7 Jul 2008 1:50PM
I've been looking forward to this series since you first mentioned it Moira, it was worth the wait too. Something so captivating about hands at work. Nice to read what you are doing with the U o 3rd Agers too.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 1:53PM
Oh I have a lot more hands to come - a whole day's worth in due course. My particular favourite is V2, but that's just me.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
7 Jul 2008 1:55PM
Now that is more ''your'' kinda shot with the vertical crop.
Don't worry,it happens to me too this forgetfullness.
You are growing old gracefully.
I am growing old disgracefully !!!
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
7 Jul 2008 2:23PM
What a great set of images Moira, love the color and detail, V4 is my favorite.
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 3:11PM
some lovely, intimate and colourful shots here Moira, you can feel the togetherness of the group,
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
7 Jul 2008 3:56PM
Very intriguing work and the ideal shots for a brochure for the group.

7 Jul 2008 4:06PM
Great shots, Moira. All the best to the group.
7 Jul 2008 4:48PM
Very very well photographed. One of your best sets I think.
7 Jul 2008 5:21PM
Great set of images Moira, its wonderful to see that people are helping some of the older generation to keep their hands and minds busy, well done.

7 Jul 2008 6:12PM
A vanishing skill Moira, when I first arrived in Shetland 30+ years ago, everyone seemed to knit, no so now, fine documented set of images, Adrian
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
7 Jul 2008 7:02PM
Lovely set Moira; I particularly like V4 & 6. And a neat trick with the flash! Wink
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
7 Jul 2008 7:39PM
Fantastic set of images, love the unusual compositions, especially in no. 1.
7 Jul 2008 8:05PM
Great series of shots Moira, colourful and interesting. Smashing!

John Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
7 Jul 2008 8:16PM
Looks a great time, fun and all-- I was teaching a group las year-- making mittens-a pair on one needle

A great university!

Lucy_Locket 10 35 England
7 Jul 2008 8:30PM
Lovely set of shots Moira. Hands are just fabulous subjects...
Great idea to turn the flash off - will remember that one thanks Smile
GrahamBaines 11 39 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 8:36PM
An interesting series.

GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 9:11PM
I love No. 1 - colours, detail - a sure winner!
Marilyn x
fatherpie 10 18 12 England
7 Jul 2008 9:14PM
A fascinating set of candids that really hang together and tell a story. Dave
imagio 11 12 1 England
7 Jul 2008 10:52PM
Im always interested in art Moira and these and photography are art, interesting and informative..

chuckspics 11 14 United States
7 Jul 2008 11:23PM
And which pair of hands were yours? Clean and Crisp, Chuck
MissPea 11 8 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 7:36AM
Love this set of images - the colours are just wonderful! Well done.
rmr 11 1 Wales
8 Jul 2008 6:30PM
super collection moira
BonaFideNut 12 14 United States
8 Jul 2008 8:55PM
Nice series giving us the insider's view.
sandrish 14 36 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 8:39PM
Wonderful series of shots - you have certainly captured the essence of "crafts" extremely well. Myself and a friend organised and held a craft group every week for 2 or 3 years and we attempted all kinds of weird and wonderful crafts. I do wish I had captured some of it on camera as you have!

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Jul 2008 8:42PM
A super set of hands hard at work creating and making things
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
10 Jul 2008 10:40PM
... and it looks like a happy group too. John
11 Jul 2008 1:32PM
This rather splendid upload has been sat in my shortlist since you posted it along with a growing number of other high quality images. And I keep coming back to this and do think it is really very good indeed. Hence the No1 award.

Regards, Ken Smile
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
12 Jul 2008 10:14PM
Like the hands shots, - and V3 would make a great abstract with a bit of playing around (with the image I mean)


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