Chapel choir, c. 1956

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Chapel choir, c. 1956

Post by eucsgmrc » Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:42 pm

[Since I posted this, I've spotted that this photo has appeared before, as one of the CH Postcards.]

I found this photo recently, along with 10" LPs of the choir singing Christmas carols under Corks' direction, and David Swale playing a Rheinberger sonata on the organ. I was never in the choir, so I don't know the history of the photo or how my parents came by it.

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Re: Chapel choir, c. 1956

Post by sejintenej » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:50 pm

This photo seems to have been posed for the photograph.
1 Pupils are standing in the aisle which they never normally did
2 Corks is wearing not only the black gown but also his degree colours (whatever they are properly called)
3 Normally the conducting would have been done by the chorister in the back row, closest to the altar and on the west side of the chapel. Very very rarely would the conducting have been done by an adult

This could have have been taken at a rehearsal / practice.

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Re: Chapel choir, c. 1956

Post by eucsgmrc » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:55 pm

You're absolutely right. This is very obviously a professional photograph, possibly commissioned by the school for some publicity purpose. It's artificially posed, carefully lit, with everything in its proper place, Christmas tree visible in the background, architecture and murals shown in fine detail. Amateur photographers of the period wouldn't expect to produce anything like this. My copy is a large professional grade print which must have been quite expensive by the standards of the day.
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Re: Chapel choir, c. 1956

Post by michael scuffil » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:09 pm

An extraordinarily hi-res photo, actually. Yes, I recognize a few faces. Presumably a choir practice, but I wonder who commissioned the photo. And who took it. I suppose it might have been Norman Fryer, who took Grecians and 1st XV and 1st XI photos with quite professional equipment. (I think I can date it to Christmas 1956 on internal evidence. There is someone there who I know only started in 1956, and a form-mate of mine who would have had a broadie by 1957, but doesn't yet.)
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Re: Chapel choir, c. 1956

Post by eucsgmrc » Fri May 18, 2012 9:39 pm

michael scuffil wrote:I wonder who commissioned the photo. And who took it.
You were right. Christmas 1956. That clue let me establish that the photo appeared in The Times that year, and it was taken by one of their staff photographers. Probably on a press or technical camera of the period, which would use plates or cut film of at least 5" x 4" size.

I like the way that the photographer has placed a BIG light on the floor, and then positioned a few trebles to hide it. That looks like a press photographer's trick.
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Re: Chapel choir, c. 1956

Post by michael scuffil » Thu May 24, 2012 9:56 am

This photo is not only detailed, but also very 'plastic' (in the sense of having depth, 3D). You can test this by using the old trick of viewing it with one eye. (Why this works is interesting. Basically: the photo itself is two-dimensional, so your stereo vision doesn't help. In fact it hinders, because it interprets the picture (rightly) as flat. However, depth is indicated by far more things than the parallax effect of stereo vision: relative size of objects, what covers what, shadows etc. So without the distraction of no parallax, the picture looks 3D. The shadows certainly help, as does the vanishing point. Colour would be a distraction.
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Re: Chapel choir, c. 1956

Post by J.R. » Thu May 24, 2012 11:06 am

michael scuffil wrote:This photo is not only detailed, but also very 'plastic' (in the sense of having depth, 3D). You can test this by using the old trick of viewing it with one eye. (Why this works is interesting. Basically: the photo itself is two-dimensional, so your stereo vision doesn't help. In fact it hinders, because it interprets the picture (rightly) as flat. However, depth is indicated by far more things than the parallax effect of stereo vision: relative size of objects, what covers what, shadows etc. So without the distraction of no parallax, the picture looks 3D. The shadows certainly help, as does the vanishing point. Colour would be a distraction.

WOW ! You're right Michael !


I looked at it, shutting my left eye, (due for a cataract op at the end of the year), and viewed it with my right eye which has just had a cataract removed. The difference is astounding !
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Re: Chapel choir, c. 1956

Post by Fjgrogan » Thu May 24, 2012 11:51 am

H'm - if you say so! I still haven't got the hang of the varifocals!!
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