RETRO: When life through a lens can be so picture perfect

Judy Shirley, of Hatfield, who has had two of her photographs published in a book, with her camera
Judy Shirley, of Hatfield, who has had two of her photographs published in a book, with her camera
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They’re not trying to be flash but these snap happy chaps (and chapettes) are definitely worth focusing on.

Why? Let Tuesday Retro put you in the picture: they are among thousands of South Yorkshire folk who, down the decades, have enjoyed a spot of photography.

Dennis Rudge, Hyde Park Flats Photographer'1989

Dennis Rudge, Hyde Park Flats Photographer'1989

Point and shoot, indeed.

Whether it’s capturing the majesty of the Peak Distinct or the Steel City’s finest buildings, family holidays or important events, it seems there’s always a Sheffielder somewhere looking at life through a lens.

Today we continue our weekly A-Z series of hobbies enjoyed in the region with: P is for photography.

“It’s the thrill of the hunt that makes it exciting, I think,” says Linda Jackson, a member of Sheffield Photographic Society. “It sounds daft but it’s that constant quest to get the perfect picture. You always think it might be just round the corner but, in reality, even if you got the perfect picture you’d still think you could get one that was even better next time It’s just a very creative and rewarding hobby. It’s an art form.”

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She, like many members of the 150-year-old club has taken her camera all round the world with her. “I feel lost without it,” adds the 65-year-old of Bradway Road.