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The Photography Group meets twice monthly on the first and third Friday of each month at 11 am.  We hope to meet at the new Community Hall in Minehead – when the Covid emergency subsides.  Please remember to check the Calendar in case of any late changes to schedule.

Our group is led by Stewart Lane, and he may be contacted at 01643 707763, or by email at

Image shows a field at Stogumber, full of red and blue wildflowers

Stogumber Wild Flower Meadow, Photo by Derek Webb

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Image shows a very dark and threatening cloud lit below with a glow from the sun

Sunset of our freedom

Since the start of the COVID lockdown, in March, the U3A Photographic group has focussed the usage of their cameras on having a shot at producing varied photographs, based on a new subject, posed each successive month.  The results were then edited and redistributed, via email, to all members of the group.  Projection in this way has enabled the exposure of members’ prints, which otherwise would have stayed in the (virtual) darkroom.  We feel that this method of image distribution lens(!) itself perfectly to the restrictions under which we are all suffering.  The photograph above epitomises the sunset of our freedom under the present limitations.


We will meet again as soon as we may In the meantime, our monthly assignments are:

January – Walks and walking


There was no meeting in August, but in July we held an outdoor meeting with the West Somerset Monochrome Group in Watchet.  The weather was warm and sunny, and there were lots of locals and visitors around the town and at the market on the Esplanade.  Some members followed the specific brief of the WSMG for “a sense of place from details”, whilst others were more captivated by the colourful characters and settings, such as that of the Harbour by Cherrie Temple.  There are 46 images from this meeting on the website, and it’s fascinating to see some very similar views taken by different photographers.  The September meeting is again outdoors, this time in Lynton, and we trust in more good weather!  The nature of later meetings is still under review, but in some form we shall continue to have a photographic activity each month.


The subjects of our monthly  challenges are … (click on the links below to see the group’s photos)

December – Best of the year
November – Dulverton
October – Lynton
September – August travels and fun
August – Watchet: the spirit of place
July – Dunster: old and new
June – The Littoral zone
May – Spring flowers
April – Still life in monochrome

March – Members’ “best ever”
February – Nature’s colours in January
January – A different Christmas


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