Bristol Salon of Photography is one of the top international photographic exhibitions and its ‘roadshow’ forms a regular part of our programme, brought to us by Pete Howell and Carol Sykes. The 2018 Exhibition once again attracted applicants from across the world and the show we enjoyed last night really was a world-wide trip. There were superb images from photographers from more than 50 countries in four categories; open colour, open monochrome, photo travel and nature. We were treated to a wide selection from the successful entrants in all categories in a projected image format greatly enhanced by the carefully chosen sound track – what a difference some music makes!
The Club had a number of Members who had been successful in the Salon – and with an overall acceptance rate of less than 23%, that’s an achievement. Last night’s show included work by Sheila Tester and Peter Rocchicciolli and with a particularly good showing by Ross Laney who had had five acceptances with three Honourable Mentions, one in mono and two in nature. One Club Member who is a regular in any acceptance list is Ann McDonald – missing this time as she was one of the judges!
Pete and Carole will be back next year – and, I hope, once more with a good showing for Chichester!
A few key dates for the diary, with only four Club sessions left this season: 3rd May – there is no Club meeting (local elections) but this is the deadline for both PDI of the Year entries and formal proposals for the AGM. 10th May – the deadline for Annual Exhibition entries, boxes will be out for print submissions next week.
Penniless by Ross Laney, was awarded an Honourable Mention in Britol Salon of Photography.
We have an enquiry from David Powell who asks if any of our experienced members might be interested in a small project to take pictures at a birthday celebration in Birdham on the harbour, for about 3-4 hours in the late afternoon of the 7th July, for which he would pay a fee.
If anyone is interested please let me know and I will pass on David’s contact details so you can call him directly.
It’s been a really full on week for photography, with the PAGB Group on Monday, Print Group on Tuesday, the first of what we hope will be an ongoing collaboration with Bognor Regis Camera Club with the Eamonn McCabe lecture on Wednesday (see the separate post), the Focus Exhibition at the Assembly Room all week (if you haven’t seen it yet, do go, some splendid work from our CCC friends and like minded photographers) and a very fine meeting on Thursday with Paul Mitchell.
We have had an quite extraordinary number of changes to the programme this year which has kept Glyn Edmunds, our Programme Secretary, on his toes. There are many reasons why our speakers and judges have to pull out, family matters, ill health – tragically in the case of Richard Walton, or moving away, but it has been a real challenge this year. So it’s congratulations to Glyn for finding first rate replacements.
Paul Mitchell was with us last night in place of Sue Brown, another member of Arena, as is our own Janey Devine and Leigh Preston who was with us last week (and who is also exhibiting with the Focus Group). Paul holds his FRPS and serves on the fine art distinctions panel, as well as being a generous adviser for potential RPS award candidates and workshop leader. With the breadth of genres we find in photography there will always be some work that speaks to each of us more than others and I readily confess Paul’s work really connected with me. He makes beautiful landscapes, somehow intimate interpretations from across the UK – his fear of flying is such that he will not travel far – with a deceptive simplicity that makes even complex subjects clean and clear. His landscapes have been widely recognised, with success in the Landscape Photographer of the Year, the International Garden Photographer of the Year and Outdoor Photographer of the Year. He also shared how he plans for a shoot, coupling a careful degree of forethought with an ability to spot an expected opportunity, and presented his work under thoughtful categories, such as leading lines, golden hour, and excellent tips and ideas about locations along the way. And I’m very pleased to say that Glyn has confirmed Paul will be our Print Panel judge next year.
Paul Mitchell, FRPS
Do please note the date for the Club’s AGM which is 24th May. Attendance at last year’s AGM was very disappointing, so poor in fact that we weren’t quorate and had to take special steps to ensure the Committee and Post Holders were properly appointed.
This is the only evening of the year that is devoted to Club business but we do run it in such a way that it is also an enjoyable social event and an important chance to recognise and thank those whose tireless work in the background makes all the many Club activities so successful.
Papers for the AGM will be sent out via the newsletter no later than 10th May – please download and print the papers in readiness for the meeting and read them in advance. There will not be any copies available on the night.
Formal proposals, which must include named proposers and seconders and which includes Management and Selection Committees and Post Holder nominees, for the AGM’s consideration must be received by the Club’s Secretary, Tim Crabb, no later than the 3rd May.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Lorna Brown, Chair
Andrew Vance’s Reflections
Don’t forget Print Group on Tuesday10th April! As usual you are very welcome to bring along work in progress, work you would just like to share or images you’d like a second option on. The Print Group is a really good place to chat about images, gain really helpful ideas and understanding about how images are judged in competitions.
And with the deadline for the Annual Exhibition only one month away, it’s a perfect place to start thinking about which images you might like to enter and how to show them to their best advantage.
The Print Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre. The cost is £3 for Club members and £4 for visitors.
Lynne Owen’s Face in the Window
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. Jan recommends you follow Andy’s blog, here is his post about West Sussex https://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/black-and-white-photography/read-thoughts-west-sussex/
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.