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.
The exhibition dinner will be held at the Walnut Tree, Vinnetrow Road, Chichester, PO20 1QB on the Saturday evening at 6.45 for 7 p.m.and is open to everyone, not only exhibitors. It’s £17 per head for two courses and coffee. You will need to place your order. Booking forms should be returned to Sarah Nichol. or at least email Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday with your order from the form below (click on ‘Walnut Tree’ ). You can pay either cash or cheque on the day but please make cheques out to Sarah Nichol.
2 courses plus tip – £17.
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
All Club and Intermediate members wishing to enter the final print competition of the year must get their prints in by Thursday 12th April at the latest and PDI versions uploaded to the site. This is a final deadline with no extensions allowed.
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
How many senior moments I am allowed.
Only 2 glaring errors in the newsletter sent out earlier today:
a) date of Newsletter is 22nd March not 22nd April
b) Deadline date for next Club/Intermediate Print Comp is 12th April not 12th August.
I am sure everyone will have picked up on these errors so this is just belt and braces.
My excuse is that I was brought up in the age of Secretaries – yes I really am that old!!
The deadline date for the third and final Club/Intermediate Print Competition is Thursday 12th August. No extensions will be allowed. A box for entries will be placed on the front of the stage on each of the next 2 Thursdays. The competition will be judged on Thursday 26th April.
All members may enter the Print Panel competition on 5th April as an open competition. Each Panel must comprise between 3 and 6 separately mounted images with a common theme and brought in a plastic bag. The Panel may be displayed on 1, 2 or 3 rows of a print stand for best effect as decided by the author and that layout should be shown in the printed hanging plan, with a title. One copy of the plan to be on the inside of the bag and the other on the outside.
Panels should be brought on the night (5th April) and all will be judged but not marked. At the end of the evening the judge will allocate a first, second and third place together with some certificates of merit. The winning panel will be displayed at the Annual Exhibition in August