If there was one piece of advice we should all take away from Andy Beel’s presentation last night it was, ‘Be your own photographer’. Andy was of course a very welcome late stand in for Richard Walton who was unable to join us due to ill health, and he was able to take up the planned theme of ‘Mostly Mono’ with his own very fine mostly black and white images.
Andy is well known for his mono work and also for his enthusiasm in encouraging others and sharing his skills and we enjoyed seeing his large scale work and the wealth of tips and suggestions he provided. His thinking about understanding your own ‘trends’ by analysing what and how you take pictures and – consequently – being able to change was interesting, and he demonstrated this by his habit of taking ‘left hand pictures’ (as in panels) and his need to make more right hands images!
He holds that there is good lighting somewhere, sometime in any day and he couples this with Hugh Millsom’s advice of photographing during ‘gentlemanly hours’, for Andy is no early morning riser!
He summed up his approach to printing as, ‘Brighten what you want people to look at, darken everything else – thank you and goodnight’, although in truth his very thorough approach to post-process planning (fully explained in his books) gives much more about how exactly to achieve the desired light and dark. A full evening with tips across the spectrum, from camera and lens use, right through to how the colour of the mount you chose can change the look of the print – and all put together at such short notice, for which we were very grateful.
Just a note about Don, who was much boosted by receiving the card from members the other week.
He is now at Bognor Hospital in Don Baines Ward and is likely to be there for another week or so. Although the hip operation appears to have been successful Don is unable to walk around to exercise it as following the triple by-pass he is unable to put any strain on his arms. Helen tells us he is slowly making progress in the right direction but has really been through the mill.
Cards and messages from members would be very welcome to encourage his recovery.
Don’s Helm on Deck
We were treated to an real fizz of enthusiasm and energy on Thursday evening when Sue Sibley took us on her Journey so Far. And what a journey it has been – Sue only took up a camera a few years ago, joining Southampton Camera Club some six years ago, and where she was President for two years. She was refreshingly open in showing some of her earlier photographs and relating how she learnt her trade, and for her, how realising you can ‘create’ a picture not just ‘take’ one was very much to her taste. Images with emotion and narrative are what Sue enjoys most, and the narrative she told about the ways she acquired her very high skill levels was fascinating and informative. Sue was generous in sharing ideas, locations and techniques and particularity encouraging about revisiting older images as our technical skills improve and our thinking expands.
In such a short time Sue has achieved her LRPS and ARPS, as well as her DPAGB, EPIAP and BPE2* and on top of those personal achievements and her role with Southampton Camera Club, Chairs Southampton International Exhibition and most recently has joined New Forest Camera Club as well! We’ve mostly seen Sue recently in her judging role and she is a very popular judge bringing all her enthusiasm and enjoyment to the task, so it was a real pleasure to have her with us telling us about her own photography and sharing her stories and thoughts.
We concluded the evening with presentations to two of our own highly capable photographers as Peter Rocchiccioli in his role as President of the SCPF made awards to Ann McDonald and Sheila Tester – do see the separate post for the details.
Ann McDonald’s Portrait of a Lady won best portrait individual award at the PAGB GB cup for the open projected images
We have a very serious issue regarding the titling of images which has had detrimental impact on Club performance. Some of our members are changing titles of their images, entering them under different titles on different occasions. This is totally unacceptable for several reasons but most importantly, it has meant the Selection Committee can make mistakenly select the image twice which results in it being disqualified as happened last year. This is unfair to the other Members whose work has been selected but is then unused because of other Member’s carelessness. Last season in the League PDIs we were relegated because we had inadvertently submitted the same image twice but with different titles. Fortunately this season we have come second in League 2 and and so will resume our rightful place League 1 for next season.
Another problem that we have found that one Member is using the same title for different portrait images. This is not acceptable as we can select an image but the one we receive from the Member is different, which as you can imagine causes considerable confusion.
We also also that image titles are kept short – many national and international exhibitions physically limit titles to character count and long titles are problematic, especially when it comes to setting up the Annual Exhibitition Catalogue
We simply must ask for all Members’ co-operation to avoid these problems and the difficulties it has caused the Selection Committee whose job is anyway difficult and whose members give up their time for the benefit of all Club Members.
It is quite simple. One image – one title: one title – one image.
Paul William’s short and sweet title – Femme Fatale
We were delighted to see Ann McDonald and Sheila Tester both receive awards at the Club meeting on Thursday 21st February – and to have Peter Rocchiccioli present them in his role as President of the Southern Counties Photographic Federation. A very ‘well done’ to both!
Sheila Tester, receiving the SCPF Roll of Honour, by the Federation president Peter Rocchiccioli. A distinction which she very well deserved for the work she has put into Chichester Camera Club over ten years, and before that was a member of Marwell Photographic Group. She has served on Chichester’s Management Committee many times, currently as Southern Counties Federation Representative, and is also an active member of the Selection Committee. Sheila is also of course absolutely vital is the success of our Annual and North Mundham Exhibitions where she is our catering supremo. A very well deserved award to Sheila for all her contributions to club photography.
Ann McDonald won the best portrait individual award at the PAGB GB cup for the open projected images for her Portrait of a Lady, and is shown here receiving the award from by the SCPF President Peter Rocchiccioli. This is a great achievement by Ann as there were only eleven awards given nationally and this was also the only one within the SCPF. Many congratulations to Ann for this splendid recognition.
Last night was the second of the two Advanced PDI Competitions of the season and we welcome Lyndsey Green as our judge. Lyndsey, who holds an MA in Fine Art and is Chair Littlehampton Camera Club, has not judged for us before and it’s always interesting to have a perspective on our work from a different source. Andy Dulson scooped the only 10 of the evening with his super image of Vashti Cunningham, caught in a dramatic moment over the high jump. Andy of course has a specialism in sports photography and his access to arenas has provided opportunities to snap many of the athletic greats, including Usain Bolt. This image though was a real gem (you can see it below) full of the drama of the moment and technical competence.
Currently, we only hold two rounds of PDI competitions, but following the discussion at last year’s AGM it was agreed that next season we will trial three rounds and if that is thought to be an improvement, the change will be formally proposed at the 2019 AGM and if agreed will become our practice.
We also heard last night that the forthcoming Sussex Photographic Federation Print Competition has had to be cancelled due to family circumstances for the organisers. The SxPF competitions are reserved by us for our Members from Club and Intermediate Classes, although open to all classes. This ensures all our Members are able to have a wide range of images considered and included in inter-club competitions and despite meaning we compete against advanced members from other clubs we often to very well. Our Selection Committee had chosen the images for submission just last week and so we were pleased to see them during the coffee break. It is probable that the competition will still be judged – further news to follow.
Andy Dulson’s Vashti Cunningham USA scored 10
The Annual Exhibition might seem very distant just now, but it’s not too early to take note of the key dates, especially the deadline for all entries which is Thursday 10th May. All Club Members who enter work for the exhibition are guaranteed at least one image will be included in this major event for the Club that takes place this year between Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th August at the Assembly Room, Chichester.
You can find the the Annual Exhibition Guidance here: –
Annual Exhibition 2017 Guidance Notes for Entrants
For your diaries, do please also note that the Club Pre-Exhibition meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd August at Tangmere Village Centre. The Preview Evening, to which all members, their Partners, Spouses and family as well as our friends from other clubs and judges and speakers from the season are invited, is on Friday 10th August at 7pm at the Assembly Room.
Preparations for the exhibition are already well underway and in the run up to the event starting with the organisation of the print entries on the 17th May ready for judging on the 7th June by this year’s judge, Caroline Colegate, lots of volunteers will be needed to help with setting up, stewarding, catering and many other necessary tasks that make our Annual Exhibition such a well supported and popular occasion.
Lorna Brown, Chair
Sorting out the print entries ready for judging for the 2017 Exhibition
70th Birthday Wishes
A big ‘thank you’ to the many, many, members who signed my 70th card and wrote such touching messages. It is very much appreciated and also a ‘thank you’ to the lady who pulled it all together, I think I know who you are …
I’m a great believer in celebrating birthdays – ignoring the numbers if they bother you. Time really does march on but it’s thought provoking to realise that I’ve been a member of our wonderful Club for 40% of my years on the planet. And I joined only three years into my photographic life having become a member of the IBM (South Hants) Camera Club in the autumn of 1987. It is a great organisation, a somewhat extended family, and it is very valuable to celebrate the good times and get the support needed in times of illness or when members are called to that great darkroom in the sky.
So thank you all, I really was most touched.
Glyn Receiving the Darley Cup from RPS President, Walter Benzie, for Best Pictorial Image in the 2016 – 2017 Annual Exhibition
And now for something completely different! It was a real pleasure to welcome Caroline Colegate to the Club last night, for the third time this season. Caroline was with us as our scheduled judge for the SCPF Print League at the beginning of December, and again at the beginning of January standing in for Ken Scott for the SCPF PDI League so it was particularly enjoyable to have her with us last night presenting her own work rather than judging.
And what an interesting evening it was as she took us ‘365 & Beyond’. Caroline explained that back in 2009 she had rather run out of steam with her photography, feeling that the demands of club photography were giving her no time for her own work and unsure where to go. Inspired by Ken Scott she embarked on a 365 project whereby she committed to taking an image every day for a year. For any of us who have contemplated doing 365 (and a number of our members are in picture a day mode) it was really enlightening as Caroline explored how the process had come to increase both her photographic knowledge and her self awareness.
Grouping her images into genres, such as Landscape and Pictorial, People Pictures (a real challenge she at first found), Desperation Days (simply no time but nevertheless time found!), Abstracts and Patterns and Pre Planned Days, it was so refreshing to listen to someone simply talking about the pleasure they had in photography, if also demonstrating an absolute commitment to meet their self imposed challenge.
But it was work deriving from what became Commemorate my Days type work (Caroline had few of those categories in mind when she embarked on the project) that led on to Caroline’s Associateship panel with the Royal Photographic Society, as that work revealed not just pleasurable times and commemorated happy events but also what she called her darker side. She noticed patterns of dark and moody images that led her on a voyage of discovery around feelings of entrapment that were limiting and which her project encouraged her to explore and to step outside of. Her photography, growing out of the 365 project, became not just a stepping stone to the successful ARPS but also a means of therapy that brought self awareness and self fulfilment. A truly fascinating evening.
Members might like to read the obituary for Bill Wisden published by the Guardian – follow this link