Winter in Wanstead

©Colin Page©Colin Page

Members of a photography club for those aged 55 and over will be displaying their work at Wanstead Library this month. Among the images on show will be a number of winter views of Wanstead. Here, group leader Colin Page presents his Wanstead Lamps photo, and invites other silver snappers to get involved.

This image was taken last winter on George Green. I had put the location on hold until the weather was right as I did not like the background of surrounding houses and just wanted to show off the wonderful lamps. You can just about make out a mother taking her children to school as it was early in the morning.

I added some grain in Photoshop to give the fog extra texture because it appeared too dull and smooth. I also removed some tree branches to give a more minimalist feel.

I have been running the Age UK photography group in Wanstead on and off for about four years now. I was recovering from a life-changing – and life-saving – operation that involved having most of my stomach taken away. I then decided to pursue my love of photography and this gave my life some purpose and meaning, and I wanted to share my insights with others. Topics we cover regularly include perspective, photo manipulation, still life, portraiture, landscape and macro lenses. So, if this exhibition inspires you, do come and join us.

The exhibition will run from 3 to 24 December at Wanstead Library. For more information, call 020 8989 6338

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