Craft

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,
Moira

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

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Comments


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 9 8 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 7:19AM
A super set of shots

John
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.

Dougie
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
7 Jul 2008 7:24AM
A good set of pictures

Peter
7 Jul 2008 8:06AM
esp. like #1 (composition) & 4 (colours)

will remember your trick : hate to be intrusive or noticed
Strobe 9 1.3k United States
7 Jul 2008 8:12AM
Good photo journalism, I like the whole series.
Marc
Nice set of images Moira,
Fred.
wyatturp 11 2 England
7 Jul 2008 8:20AM
Morning can you knit me a jumper-LOL

Doug----------------Good to look at
peugeot406 10 7 1 England
7 Jul 2008 8:24AM
Super set of images
Brian
User_Removed 9 485 13 England
7 Jul 2008 8:40AM
another fabulous collection of shots, telling yet another story. This is almost like a photographic book. Wonderful

rgds
Dave
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 9:20AM
Really interesting set. No 5 being my favourite
Mavis
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....

Nicky
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 9:21AM
A really nice idea for a social gathering and a fine set to go with it
ian
DolphinLady 10 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.
Hilary
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
7 Jul 2008 10:15AM
#1 is great ...a super and a very effective composition
Vilcens 9 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

Vilcens
challicew 8 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
12 631 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
10 969 1846 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.
7 Jul 2008 12:34PM
Love the hands in #1
glyndwr 9 66 9 Wales
7 Jul 2008 12:35PM
Sounds like good fun.
When I was young my sister taught me to knit, used to make ties.

Robert
Joline Plus
10 27 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
9 344 22 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 1:13PM
I love the range of colours in v4 Moira
Helen
mikbee 9 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.
Mick.
User_Removed 12 386 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 1:23PM
Wonderful detail and colour. Smile
Richsr 9 91 223 England
7 Jul 2008 1:26PM
Nice set of image Moria - really like the colours in version 4.
Regards Richard.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 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.
Moira
proz 12 205 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
10 990 1514 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.
Moira
mikbee 9 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 !!!
Mick.
Bob_V 9 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.
Bob
ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 3:11PM
some lovely, intimate and colourful shots here Moira, you can feel the togetherness of the group,
Chris.
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
7 Jul 2008 3:56PM
Very intriguing work and the ideal shots for a brochure for the group.

Rock
7 Jul 2008 4:06PM
Great shots, Moira. All the best to the group.
Mac
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.

Dougie.
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 Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
7 Jul 2008 7:02PM
Lovely set Moira; I particularly like V4 & 6. And a neat trick with the flash! Wink
rende
7 Jul 2008 7:39PM
Fantastic set of images, love the unusual compositions, especially in no. 1.
Alex
7 Jul 2008 8:05PM
Great series of shots Moira, colourful and interesting. Smashing!

John Smile
taggart Plus
12 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!

Jennnnnnnnnn
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
Lucy
7 Jul 2008 8:36PM
An interesting series.

Graham
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 9:11PM
I love No. 1 - colours, detail - a sure winner!
Marilyn x
fatherpie 8 18 12 England
7 Jul 2008 9:14PM
A fascinating set of candids that really hang together and tell a story. Dave
imagio 10 12 1 England
7 Jul 2008 10:52PM
Im always interested in art Moira and these and photography are art, interesting and informative..

Bernie
chuckspics 10 14 United States
7 Jul 2008 11:23PM
And which pair of hands were yours? Clean and Crisp, Chuck
MissPea 9 8 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 7:36AM
Love this set of images - the colours are just wonderful! Well done.
Julia
rmr 9 1 Wales
8 Jul 2008 6:30PM
super collection moira
mark
BonaFideNut 10 14 United States
8 Jul 2008 8:55PM
Nice series giving us the insider's view.
sandrish 13 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!

Sandra
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
9 Jul 2008 8:42PM
A super set of hands hard at work creating and making things
John_Humphreys 11 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
12 1.5k 3558 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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