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Print Group 10th October

The Print Group gets together for its first meeting of the new season on Tuesday 10th October and is an ideal opportunity to find out more about what the group does.  While members with all ranges of experience do come to and value the group, it is a particularly good meeting for newer members where you can just see other members’ work and hear the conversations  or bring along you own images to show and discuss. 

It’s a friendly gathering with work shown that is in progress, where we consider how to get the best out of the print, or where we show finished work that we would like to share.  You don’t have to mount prints, although having them stuck to card does help them stay on the stands.  Later in the season, we sometimes look at work that has been judged and consider how the judge’s comments might be applied – or indeed ignored!

If you don’t feel ready to show any work yet, you will still be welcome to see what we do.  Later on, we will also be looking at the different  effects that different paper types can give – our emphasis is on getting the very best out of your work to produce really good finished prints.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm (although please come along earlier to help set up) and the cost is £3 for members and £4 for non-members.

Lorna Brown

Frank Adams’s Lindisfarne Castle makes a superb print

Thursday 28th September

It was a packed house that welcomed Viveca Koh back to the Club last evening for her third visit to us, and once again her creativity, artist’s eye, range and technical virtuosity were very much to the fore.  On previous visits, Viveca had shared with us her photographic journey, through her Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), her Associateship and Fellowship and we have seen her complex layering of textures and thought provoking Urbex which featured dilapidated derelict asylum buildings and the remarkable fine art work she achieved using her iPhone.

 It was good to see Viveca’s mono work, mostly from Venice and her ongoing development of techniques, including a wetplate facsimile using a program from the Nic Suite and her post card project.  Few of us who might use our iPhones cameras on a pretty regular basis come anywhere close to understanding the variety – and indeed the quality – of techniques we could aspire to, and it was thought provoking to see what Viveca achieves.  I certainly came away with a few ideas to follow up, and as ever, Viveca was very ready to share her technical knowledge.  Her website is really informative, full of helpful notes on different processes, do have a look at  www.vivecakohphotography.co.uk/ 

I’m pleased to say we’ll see Viveca again in 2018 – and with nearly 2,000 on her Flikr pages, there will be much more to make us think and to inspire us.

There was a reminder from John Howes about ordering Nomad boxes through him (see separate post for details) and from John Field about prints for the Hospice (also detailed on a separate post).  Jeff Owen also told us that he will kick start a few photo walks – informal get togethers to just get out and about with our cameras, a chance perhaps to put into practice some of the techniques Viveca had demonstrated.  Watch out for more information!

We also caught up with Paul Williams who was presented with the Sutherland Cup for winning the Intermediate PDI League last year. 

Paul’s portrait of Amber 

 

Thursday 7th September

The new season got off to a truly fabulous start with Guy Edwardes and his A Professional’s Approach to Photography.  It was an evening of simply stunning images and considerable technical information.  Guy, whose first love is nature and landscape photography in the UK, also runs very popular workshops both here and abroad, and is very widely travelled.  Quite a number of Club members have been on Guy’s workshops and everyone speaks very highly of them.

The first half of his talk concentrated on wildlife and he took us around the world, revealing also many of the techniques that produce such quality pictures.  We were then treated to a second world tour via stunning landscapes, again with an insight into the techniques behind them.   As Mike Hancock said in his vote of thanks, the season got off not so much with a bang, but with an absolute explosion.  It was a wonderfully inspiring evening, and Guy also has a website  (https://www.guyedwardes.com/) that is well worth a look and publishes a regular newsletter than includes excellent technical advice and suggestions.

As it was the first meeting of the new season we also welcomed our new members, who we hope, were inspired by Guy’s presentation and not overwhelmed by the extraordinary quality of Guy’s work!

There was some outstanding business from the Annual Exhibition, and it was rather fitting that Sheila Tester was presented with her book token for winning the vote for the most popular image at the Annual Exhibition, which was for Church at Vic, taken on a workshop with Guy.

Guy kindly draw the winning voting slip from the popular image votes, which was won by Stephen Emmerson, who also wins a book token.

There were trophies to present to Members who had missed the Preview Evening; that was Ed Feldmanis who received the Simcox Trophy for topping the Print League and Guy Partington for the Best Cub Class print in the exhibition, who received the Evershed Martin Cup.  

Which takes us to the Owl – or the redundant  Portman Trophy.  The bidding for which currently stands at £30.  Any better offers to me by close on Saturday please!

Sheila Tester receives her book token from Woytek Boden for winning the most popular print in the Annual Exhibition

Lorna Brown, Chair

Is that our Julieanne Kost?

Many of us who use Lightroom and Photoshop hold Julienne Kost in very high regard.  She’s a ‘Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist’ with Adobe, and, job title aside, she presents very understandable tutorials on a whole range of topics, from the very basic to the most advanced.  

So I was intrigued to see in the Guardian art and design section a series of photographs by ‘Californian artist Julienne Kost’, whose series Window Seat’ has been shot while travelling on business.  She says that, creatively frustrated by the environments she found herself in – hotels, convention centres, airports – she started taking photographs of landscapes from her plane seat.  You can see the work at: –  https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/jul/15/the-earth-in-plane-sight-in-pictures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

I’m pretty certain that is indeed ‘our’ Julienne and emboldened, I’m sharing here a photograph I also took from my plane seat when I was bringing back a teddy bear for my granddaughter and was making a book about his journey for her.

Little Black Bear waves goodbye to the Tetons, by Lorna Brown

Prints wanted for Selection Committee

Would all members please bring a number of your best prints, mounted 50cm x 40cm for consideration by the Selection Committee.  We need your prints for the Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF) League and the Exhibition (held at Salisbury) The dead line date is next Thursday 14th September.  Thank you for your co-operation, it is much appreciated.
 
Kind regards
 
Sheila Tester
SCPF Representative
Frank Adams’s Lindisfarne Castle

Annual Exhibition – Visitors’ Favourite Prints

Visitors to the Annual Exhibition are asked to vote for their favourite print, a task that can prove difficult as the response to all the prints has been very positive.  The range of styles and topics was – as always – very diverse, and it’s good to note that every photographer won a vote and the outcome was close run.  The winner however was Sheila Tester for Church at Vic,  with joint second place going to John Field for Path up to the Windmill  and Peter Rocchiccioli’s Camel Herder.  Stephen Tattersall’s Dusk at West Wittering came in third.

The winning voting slip will be drawn at the first Club meeting of the new season, Thursday 7th September and the winner notified shortly after.

Annual Exhibition – a flying start!

The Annual Exhibition is off to a splendid start with our traditional Preview Evening and very good attendance on the first few days.

Our Preview Evening on Friday was very enjoyable, with our families and friends, friends from some 40 of our sister Clubs across the region, some of our speakers and judges and our guest of honour, Walter Benzie, the President of the Royal Photographic Society, who made our presentations.  

The success of the exhibition and the Preview Evening is due to the hard work of our army of volunteers, especially on Friday evening that of  Sheila Tester and her team for the buffet!  Thanks are due to Dave Abbott for ensuring all those 29 trophies are correctly engraved and distributed, to John Howes and the strong arm team for getting all the hardware for the stands up, moved for the Preview and replaced for the exhibition, to Carmel Lynch and all the contributors for the raffle and to Jeff Owen for the PDI presentation.  Jeff also looks after the database that supports the judging and selection process, for which we must also thank our judge this year, Alison Cawley, and the Selection Committee, chaired by Peter Rocchiccioli .  Peter once again has secured a superb range of sponsors, including that for our excellent print material from Aperture (and the special photobook discount you can find in the catalogue).  It was good to have Fotospeed with us on Friday and the London Camera Exchange on Saturday – and a special mention too for Mifsuds who also donated equipment for the raffle and for sale.

Thanks are also due to Cath Water for her work on publicity and of course to all the stewards over the week, and of course to all our exhibitors without whom the exhibition simply couldn’t happen!  Finally, many thanks to Wojtek Boden, this year’s Exhibition Secretary who brought all these disparate elements together and to our Vice Chair, Mike Hancock, who has been quietly working away supporting all our efforts.

The main feature on Friday was naturally the presentations, and it was good to see new members doing well, with Helenka Boden, George Sayer and Richard Ryder all achieving awards in their first year of membership.  Carmel Lynch was thrilled to receive her first cup, and Glyn Edmunds, despite all those letters after his name, was very pleased to receive his first cup for a digital image! Special mention however has to go to Lynne Owen who had a splendid evening, winning not only four cups but also receiving her CPAGB from the President of the SCPF, our own Peter Rocchiccioli who also presented Ross Laney with his DPAGB.  A fitting award was the Edmunds Cup to Graham Walls for services to the Club – very well deserved and a very popular award – as was the award of Photographer of the Year to Ann McDonald.  You can see the roll of honour and the photographs from the awards on the separate post, along with the award to Graham Sergeant of Life membership – another popular and well deserved award.

It was an excellent evening, so thank you  once again to everyone who made it so successful!

John Bradshaw, CCC President congratulates Graham Sergeant on the Life Membership announcement

‘The Owl’ retires

The Portman Trophy, AKA ‘The Owl’ has been retired from duty as the annual Best Natural History Award and is now looking for a permanent home.  Potential carers from the Club Membership are invited to make financial bids for his custody, which will be awarded to the highest bidder.  Expressions of interest and your best bid to Lorna Brown by the close of  the first meeting in the new season, Thursday 7th September.

The Owl has been replaced by the Tester Cup, kindly donated by Maurice Tester. It was won for the first time (but will it be the last!?) suitably enough by Sheila Tester – well done Sheila!

 

Your Club needs you!

Plans are well underway for the opening of the Club’s major Annual Exhibition next week – for which many thanks are due to all those who have already given their time and skills in this complex fete of organisation.  BUT!!! We still need volunteers to ensure everything runs to plan, so please do check out the list below and see where you can assist.

The ‘Strong Arm Gang’for setting up and dismantling the exhibition stands we need helpers at 4pm at Tangmere Village Centre on Thursday 3rd August.  This is to load all the equipment onto the van, and to collect stands from Oving ready for taking to Chichester. 

On Friday 4th August at 8.40am at the Assembly Room in Chichester, we need plenty of volunteers to help unload and to set up the gear ready for mounting the prints.  During the evening we’ll also need strong arms to reset the exhibition after the presentations.  Don’t worry – Sheila Tester, our catering supremo, takes very good care to ensure you won’t miss out on the buffet (or the wine!).

Dismantling on the Saturday 12th August also needs helpers to undertake the set up in reverse from 5pm – please don’t forget!

All Members – all Members who are able to should attend the Assembly Room to put up their own prints on Friday 4th August from about 9.45am. Everything you need and guidance on mounting the prints will be available, but it’s helpful if you can bring your own tape measures and levels.  Similarly, please do be there on Saturday 12th August at 5pm to take away your own prints.

Stewarding – there are still gaps in the Stewarding rota, please contact Wojtek Boden for the latest situation if you can find an hour or two to help.

Buffet – Sheila Tester will be pleased to receive finger foods for the buffet from 5pm on Friday 4th August, or, if you prefer, cash donations to Sheila so she can supplement the buffet for the evening.

Raffle –  donations for the raffle to Carmel Lynch for Friday 4th August please.  These can be left at the Assembly Room during the day or brought along in the evening.

It is the sterling efforts on the part of Club Members that mean our Preview on Friday 4th August at 7pm for 7.30pm, for all Members, our guests and friends,  is always an excellent social occasion and a chance to promote our Club, acting as it does as a curtain raiser for the highly regarded exhibition.  So it’s many, thanks thanks to everyone for all the contributions – not least the 450 plus images themselves without which the exhibition would be rather flat!