Dancing class

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. 

The learning process
giving space to enjoyment

Julie Marsh

Last Diploma in Photography student at Trent Polytechnic

Saturday night

The Palais in Nottingham in 1982 or 83. Part of my nightlife project as a photography student at Trent Polytechnic. Hand held photography at night using film was not overly easy.

Kiev 4A camera, 50mm lens. Likely shot wide open (f2.8) 1/25th of a second,  HP5 film plus extended development

The Blind Institute

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.


One of the last images in a series on nightlife in Nottingham.

College project: Nightlife

The central part of a series of nightlife images from my final year exhibition at Trent Polytechnic in 1983.

The Arboretum on a foggy night

The Arboretum is one of my favourite places in Nottingham, like the Victoria park of my youth these spaces bring nature, space and light into people’s lives, they are precious places.