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Thursday 15th February

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

 

Tickets for Eamonn McCabe – 11th April

Tickets are now available to Members of both Chichester and Bognor Regis Camera Clubs for this special event on 11th April with a lecture by nationally renowned photographer Eamonn McCabe.  The cost is £5 to Members of either clubs and, should there still be capacity, will be opened to other clubs at £10. Tickets can be purchased at the Club on Thursday evenings. The event is being jointly sponsored by the clubs as part of an initiative to bring some of the UK’s top photographers to the area.  Eamonn worked for The Guardian and Observer before freelancing since 2001 and some of the achievements during his career include:

Sports Photographer of the Year for a record 4 times covering 3 Olympics;

In 1985 was named News Photographer of the Year for his work at the Heysel Stadium disaster

Won Picture Editor of the Year 6 times;

Appears regularly on radio and TV talking about photography and currently has several pieces of work at the National Portrait Gallery.

Photographers of this calibre are normally outside the budget of an individual Club but the joint sponsorship could make this viable providing we get strong support at the event from both Clubs.  If successful we will do more such events in the future.

The lecture entitled ‘A Life in Pictures’ will be held at the Mitre Lecture Theatre of Chichester University (Chichester Campus) which has a 198 seating capacity at 7:30pm on Wednesday 11th April.  Please put the date in your diary and make a special effort to attend.  

Annual Exhibition – key dates

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 

Thursday 9th February

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.

Thursday 1st February

Last night’s Club and Intermediate 2nd Print Competitions was a thoroughly enjoyable event with Rob de Ruiter as our congenial judge.  Rob, the President at our neighbours, Bognor Regis Camera Club, is a popular and regular judge who clearly very much enjoys the task.  He always find much to like in our images, offers constructive and helpful suggestions about what might be improved and why perhaps things don’t work as they might, and always in a very positive framework. It was a specially successful evening for Ken Worral, who came in with two 10s and a 9.5 in Club Class!

Rob’s visit was very timely as he was able to bring along the tickets for our joint event with BRCC, the Eamonn McCabe lecture on 11th April at Chichester University Chichester Campus.  Eamonn worked for both the Guardian and Observer for many year, and was Sports Photographer of the Year for a record four times and covering three Olympics.  He was named Photographer of the Year in 1985 for his coverage of the Heysel Stadium disaster and holds many other awards.  You can see further details on a separate news post.  Tickets are £5 for members of both Clubs and are currently only available to Club Members.  Chichester Club Members can pick theirs up at the Club next Thursday.

Club and Intermediate Print Competition entries scoring 10 points

Ken Worrall’s Christchurch Priory Ken Worrall’s Peace, Quiet and Freezing TemperatureSuusan Watt’s Curious Cow
Paul Williams’s AngelMichelle Duffy’s SuspendedMike Hancock’s Eyes on the Ball

Thursday 25th January

It was a sad start to last night’s meeting with the news about Bill Wisden, which is fully reported in a separate post.  Bill was a very long standing member and good friend to the Club who will be much missed throughout the photography world.

Our evening otherwise was an excellent showcase, and indeed celebration, of the PAGB group (which I’m proud to be a member of).  The group, one of our Special Interest Groups, is ably run by Ann McDonald along with Janey Devine and its purpose is to support those us who are interested in PAGB accreditations and/ or entering national and international exhibitions, or salons.

Six of us had been persuaded by Ann to make a presentation about our work, while other members of the group showed their work in the small hall.  There was a recurring theme about the wide differences in the scores images can attract in different judging settings, which I kicked of by telling the tale of two images that have both been refused for salons and received awards! David Harris followed up with his CPAGB panel with a ‘guess the score’ element and then Lynne Owen showed her CPAGB images, explaining the background to some of the images which was really good to hear.  Frank Adams explained how he was developing some of his successful CPAGB entries for DPAGB assessment later this year, and Mike Davison presented his DPAGB panel, with some cautionary words about ignoring the advice he’d been given and more about those varying scores.  The presentations were rounded of by Sheila Tester with a selection of her wide-ranging images that had had salon success, right up to those that were awarded gold medals.

With the excellent range of work also on show it was a really enjoyable evening and we hope an encouragement to others to come along and try out the PAGB group.

Some of the images from last night’s presentationsMike Davison’s Man with brolly David Harris’s Ghost Host after P BurkeLynne Owen’s Wild party at the beach hut Sheila Tester’s Gannet feeding young Frank Adams’s Lindisfarne CastleLorna Brown’s Memento Mori

 

Bill Wisden MBE Hon FRPS APAGB

I am sorry to have to report that Bill Wisden, a Club Vice President and much respected long-time Club Member has died. 

Something of a legend in the photography world, Bill gave advice and guidance to many hundreds of photographers preparing to submit a distinction application to the RPS. He gave decades of his life to service of the RPS and chaired the Pictorial Panel (as it was then) for many years. Bill also served the RPS as their President, for which he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship (he was already FRPS). He also held the APAGB, awarded for services to club photography. 

He was  probably one of the youngest photographers ever invited to become a member of the London Salon – he was still in his 30’s and one of the very few amateur photographers to be awarded an MBE for services to photography.

Bill was a loyal supporter of our Advanced Workers’ Exhibition at North Mundham each January and a regular at the Annual Exhibition too.

I understand that Bill’s funeral is to be a family affair, but should there be a memorial service we will ensure details are made available for all Club Members who might wish to attend.

He will be sadly missed by many in the photography world who not only respected him as a photographer but who valued him as a friend. 

 

 

Thursday 18th January

We’ve had quite a run recently of programme changes as speakers have had to call off, and we were all very sorry to hear Walter Benzie was unable to join us last night.  We were however, very pleased to welcome Leo Rich as our Second Advanced Print competition judge instead. Leo has a very distinguished photographic history with a wide range of accreditations, including among others,  ARPS, EFIAP/g, DPAGB and HonPAGB.  He’s a past President of the PAGB and many of us know him as the SCPF Awards Officer for PAGB accreditations where his support and interest in our attempts – and pleasure in our successes – has been much appreciated.

He’s a very thorough judge, spending time taking in our images and clearly enjoys doing so.  He’s told us he’s a ’emotive’ judge, rather than what he describes as a ‘technical’ judge and he certainly engaged with the emotional side of the work.  He was encouraging about breaking the standard rules, such as rules of thirds, the placing of horizons and has an appreciation of works that might be rather dismissed by others as mere ‘records’.  He added to the evening with a store of anecdotes, which along with the positive comments he made about all the images and his helpful critique got the competition programme of to a good New Year start.

Thanks to Jeff Owen who once again had the competition league table updated so quickly after the close of the meeting!

2nd Advanced Print Competition – Images Scoring 10 pointsLynne Owen’s The Face in the Window  Phil Shaw’s Rainforest Toucan Ray Acland’s Dentdale Viaduct Lorna Brown’s Peony

 

 

North Mundham Exhibition

Our first exhibition of the year, the Advanced Workers’ two day event at North Mundham, got 2018 off to a wonderful start. Iain McGowan calculated that some two thirds of the Club’s members took part in some way to make the exhibition such a success, whether that was as exhibitors, donating cakes, prints and tombola prizes, helping in the kitchen, transporting the stands, publicising the event or stewarding.  While the exhibitors are drawn from the Advance Class, it really is an all-Club affair and as well as the opportunity to show and to see excellent work outside of the competition framework, provides a wonderful social event as old friends get together and Club Members have the time so often missing at regular Club meetings to sit and chat. 

Our guest of honour at the evening meal was Leigh Preston, with Carole his wife. Leigh is is highly respected and much admired photographer, and astute observer of images and an entertaining speaker.  He rounded off our evening with warm and positive comments about the work on show, and after the event had this to say about the exhibition: – 

First of all can I say the exhibition was a revelation – a perfect way to showcase the styles and different aspects of your members work, it had a really personal flavour and did not rely on the competitive element at all. There was so much variety and technical prowess on show , and beyond that some real talent in vision, presentation , ideas and photographic ability at the taking stage.

We all know that pressing the shutter is only half the story , the after-work brings that moment to life. I was also rather impressed by the space each photographer was able to use for display – it allowed the pictures to breath and not be pitched against each other, as happens in normal exhibitions. The emotion in so much of the work was also something so often neglected by ‘competition’ …  your exhibition allowed ‘moments’ movement, soul, and observation to come to the fore, along with timing and narratives.

We appreciated the time Leigh took to really look at our work and to chat to us.  A million thanks to everyone who made the weekend such a success – and make sure you have 28th and 29th April, the Spring Exhibition dates, in your diaries when our Club and Intermediate Class Members come to the fore!

Scenes from the exhibition

New Year Greetings!

After a short break over Christmas, the Club is back in full action with a very busy period to start the New Year. Please do check out all the dates that follow.

Thursday 4th January –  we opened 2018 with our hosting of the second round of the  SCPF 2nd Division PDI League (that is the Federation’s eight competition rounds between clubs in the second division each hosted by one of the competitor clubs).  Ken Scott had been lined up as the judge, but with a demotion for Chichester and a promotion for Steyning (Ken’s home club) at the end of last season, both club’s are in the same league and so it was not appropriate for Ken to judge.  The good news was that we were very pleased to have Caroline Crawley back with us again after her recent visit to judge the SCPF Print Competition we hosted in December – and of course as our Annual Exhibition judge last summer.  Caroline’s a very popular judge and always a pleasure to have with us – and we’ll see her again at the end of February, this time presenting her work rather than in judging mode.

This was the first ‘official’ outing of the new projector and it was very satisfying to see such excellent projection.  There’s been a tremendous amount of backstage activity to resolve some of our technical problems, both on projection and sound and many thanks are due to all those concerned in getting these sorted out – not least to Ian Hutchinson from Southampton International Exhibition who kindly gave up a Sunday afternoon to assist us set up the new projector and make sure it is up to the mark.  Be warned though – while the quality of the projection is very, very good, the higher resolution will show up any flaws such as dust spots or weak cloning – as Caroline pointed out on a number of images on Thursday.  

Friday 5th January – the ladies of the Club met for lunch to mark ‘Little Christmas’, or ‘Nollaig na mBan’, a rather splendid Irish tradition that is kept on Twelfth Night when the women put their feet up and the men undertake all the household tasks.  With Twelfth Night falling on a Saturday this year, we met a day early, whihc coincided with Margret Preece’s birthday – a big birthday with a zero, and we were delighted to surprise Margret with a cake and her daughter caroline joining us for lunch.  Happy birthday Margret from us all!

Monday 8th January – the first PAGB meeing of the year slips to the second Monday this month due tot he Bank Holiday last week.  See the PAGB page to find out more about how this group supports members who wish to enter salons or go for PAGB distinctions.  7pm in the small hall – all welcome.

Tuesday 9th January –  the first Print Group of the year meets in the small hall at 7.30pm.  Bring along work in any stage of development to discuss or for advice – all welcome.

Thursday 11th January –  Dave Mason, street photographer extraordinaire presents Life. Not to be missed!  

Friday 12th January – Set up time for North Mundham, strong arms required at 3pm at Tangmere Village Centre to collect the exhibition boards and set up at North Mundham.  All exhibitors should set up their own panels from 5.30pm.

Saturday 13th January –  North Mundham opens at 10am – Sheila Tester is still looking to fill catering slots and calls for cakes please, while Carmel Lynch would like any unwonted Christmas gifts, spare bottles of wine or other items for the tombola.  Ann McDonald will be looking for volunteers to look after the reception desk.  And Margret Preece is taking bookings for the dinner in the evening.

Sunday 14th January – the second day for North Mundham with close at 4pm.  All exhibitors must clear their own panels please.

After which we can all take a bit of a rest!  All very good wishes for a happy, productive  and successful photographic 2018.

Margret Preece with her daughter Caroline and her birthday cake, caught on camera by Lynne Owen