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I was born in 1926 in a small market town called Barnard Castle in Teesdale, which is in the North of England. I spent all my formative years there (my parents lived there all their lives). After three years in the army I went to the Bartlett School of Architecture in London where I met my future wife Anthea. After qualifying in 1951 we got married and have had over 60 years of very happy married life. I moved to south of England after our marriage and have stayed in our present home in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire for the last 57 years. I retired from my architectural practice in 1992.
We have three sons, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Our middle son Mark married a Canadian girl (whom he met at Medical School in London). He lived in Ottawa from 1979 with his wife and three sons but has recently moved to Montreal. We visit them frequently.
One of our grandsons, Benji, has Down's Syndrome. He is now 22 and has lived with us since he was 5 weeks old. We gave him a Fuji A330 for his 16th birthday (a remarkable camera for only £79). He is getting quite proficient.
My photographic hobby started in the army armed only with a box brownie. I later had a series of cameras including a Mamiya twin lens reflex taking 2 1/4" square negatives and one or two SLRs. I built my own darkroom and developed my own films. With the advent of digital photography all my equipment has gone and I have applied myself to learning to use the new cameras and the computer, with varying degrees of success.

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    Rubens1577 says:

    "In the best possible way, once an architect always an architect. Eric's photographs are exceptionally beautiful in their own right, but also exceptionally intelligent in the way that they analyse buildings. Last year the Conway Library, a great photographic library of architectural and sculptural material, was closed down, but, sad though this was, it was no longer essential in a world where Eric's photostream exists. His generosity deserves a huge thank you."

    October 22nd, 2011

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    Vitrearum (Allan Barton) says:

    "I first came across Eric's photostream last summer and have been hooked ever since - his work has such energy and vibrancy. I have been lucky enough to meet Eric and his photostream reflects his energetic personality. Eric has a delightfully broad range of themes in his photographic work. His landscapes show a deep love for his surroundings and the changing seasons around his Buckinghamshire home. His architectural work demonstrates both a keen eye and a strong passion for buildings. He always seems to be to capture the feel of a building and without fail achieves the essence of a place. His experimental photos are gloriously inventive and full of humour. I cannot recommend his work more highly and I look forward to seeing his photostream develop."

    April 27th, 2007

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    mylittlepieceofcyberspace says:

    "Discovering Erics photos on Flickr has been a joy. His many photos cover a wide range of subjects and if you look through them there is a common theme and that is Erics enthusiasm for his subjects. It is a very English photostream, one that shows the beauty of the Country and its rich variety of places, buildings and scenery. I have learnt a lot from Erics photos and accompanying notes. Eric also takes a keen interest in his contacts photos and the time he takes commenting on them is much appreciated and valued. There is some much to discover in Erics work. Before writing this I took time to look back through Erics sets and I found even more that was interesting. I would urge everyone to spend time exploring Erics photostream- you will find it a rewarding, enjoyable and educational experience."

    February 6th, 2007

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    Martin Beek says:

    "It was a lovely treat to eventually discover Eric's photography. He shares my love of architecture, and his love is expressed in many a stunning photograph in his photostream. I should also add he's a very gracious person in real life.

    Perhaps most amazing of all is Eric's experimental work, Photoshop multiple versions of himself inserted with great skill into domestic settings. These are both amusing and fascinating images. If proof were needed you don't have to be under 25 to really master digital photography and pictorial manipulation. Eric leads the way, his work deserves a big audience.

    I'd like to add that since meeting and photographing alongside Eric, I've gained a deeper understanding and love for so many of the great buildings of our land. Eric's photostream has to be one of the very best you'll find on Flickr or anywhere!"

    February 1st, 2007

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    Simon_K says:

    "Eric's photostream is one of the most harmonious that I know, a world in itself. To explore his churches and landscapes is to lose yourself in them, and find yourself renewed by the experience.

    He shows a gentle country, but this is no cliché, no nostalgia. Flickr has thousands of photostreams of churches and landscapes, of course. But in Eric's work you see his own fondness and delight. There is a directness, an immediacy, that makes me think of TS Eliot at Little Gidding: "this is the nearest, in place and time, now and in England...""

    January 13th, 2007

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    kauonetwo says:

    "To judge a well cut diamond, a little ray of light or flood light makes no difference. The real diamond remains reflective of even the smallest speckle of light and establishes its merit amongst all the stones lying with it.

    Similarly if I write pages or describe Eric’s merits and expertise in digital photography will not lessen his grade and his weight in the arena of digital photography and (what I call) Digital Art.
    My appended comments posted in one of his photograph is a feeble attempt on my part to praise and appreciate his knowledge, expertise and deduction towards the Church of England.

    Above all his humane nature, love for his Churches, his country and people around this global village is beyond description . He is jewel of a man and I respect him.

    May God keep him, his beloved wife and the family, healthy, happy and wise as he is.
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    Dear Eric, your church shots and the series is beautifully captured.
    The color, exposure, light and shade, the greenery and the sky in them individually or collectively gives a very good impression, out look and set-up.

    I hope some day you will get all the shots compiled in a book form and get it printed or ask any society to get them printed. It will remain a source of learning, knowledge and joy.

    No doubt you have earned the praise here in this world and I am sure God must be very pleased with your efforts and superb Church Shots. Blessing
    Aman -------Unquote

    Peace on Earth. Love for all, hate for none.
    Aman"

    December 10th, 2006

Name:
Eric Hardy
Joined:
March 2006
Hometown:
Near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Currently:
England
I am:
Male and Taken
Occupation:
Retired architect