This was going to be part of a project on the entertainment industry that I had negotiated with the course leader Euan Duff, it was never used as the project became more nightlife based.
Image taken in the main hall of the Nottingham YMCA during a dancing class. Im drawn to this image as it is so “quiet”.
This was part of a second year photo documentary project at Trent Polytechnic. Taken in either 1981 or 1982.
In retrospect photographing the raw energy and chaos of the younger classes and the more refined formal dancing of the older classes gave me a spectrum of images reflective of life’s progression.
Near the arboretum. Taken using a pre war Voigtländer Brilliant tlr camera. Taken in approx 1982.
I love the way old lenses render light. Pictorialism was well out of favour in the early 1980s so these images were for personal use only.
There are more images in this sequence on this page: https://stephenjohnson.co.uk/midland-institute-for-the-blind-nottingham/