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Photos for HER

By Robin Stott

Heritage professionals in Warwickshire County Council maintain the Historic Environment Record: a unified database of listed buildings, registered gardens and landscapes, scheduled ancient monuments anything with statutory protection. They are running a national pilot of an English Heritage project called 'Imaging our past and our present' (contact and see the Announcements forum).

The idea is to invite the public to submit photos of the buildings and landscapes that have meaning for them and which they believe should be protected in future. Three workshops/walkabouts have been arranged to offer guidance on photographing this sort of subject, followed by a group shoot, followed by advice on editing and uploading to a Flickr photo stream.

Yesterday (Sunday) we met in historic Warwick. There was lots to learn from our photographer-tutor as well as from fellow group members. Then out into the brilliantly sunny, hot and humid afternoon, empowered to be creative and experimental. Like The Table and the Chair* we toddled round and round. We got down on our knees and snapped. Documentary photos? No thanks. I put in a plug for Geograph, which they all seemed unaware of, note. This evening (Monday) we dropped in on the PC suite in Warwick library to make a start on uploading and editing. I think the tooter is setting up a Flickr Group called WarwickshireHER. I now have a Flickr account and am feeling slightly unclean. Windows! Yahoo! Aaarrrggh! But I will persist you're never too old to learn (67 today: ta-daah! Prime number. Celebrating with some raspberries off the allotment and a bottle of fizz discarded by daughter no.1. Recommended!).

Back on track: the second workshop is in Alcester, south Warwickshire, on Sunday 3rd July (compact town on Roman foundations at the confluence of the rivers Alne and Arrow). The third workshop is in Polesworth, north Warwickshire, on Sunday 10th July (depressed, humdrum town centred on mediaeval abbey and the river Anker, in a landscape massively altered by opencast coal mining). Hope to go to both.

*the great Edward Lear: much better, imho, than The Owl and the Pussycat.

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