First of all, a massive ‘thank you’ for the generous donations to the Red Box, not only did we collect a very good supply of items but, with special thanks to the men who also dug deep into their wallets, we raised £200. If anyone missed hearing about that, it’s a nation-wide scheme to provide period protection for girls and young women who are missing education because they are unable to afford sanitary products. Locally, this runs at Chichester College and I am now liaising with them about how we can best make the most of the cash we raised. Should you want to know more about the national scheme, following this link https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/08/girls-school-period-poverty-scotland-free-menstrual-products-england-campaign
As you can see, a good number of us gathered at the Walnut Tree for our now traditional ‘Little Christmas’, the Women’s Christmas celebrated on (or in this case – near too) Twelfth Night. And a very enjoyable occasion it was too, coinciding once again with Margret Preece’s birthday, who had to endure a round of ‘Happy Birthday to You’. An excellent end to the Christmas Season.
I fear you really can’t get the staff for the Print Group just now as I’ll be AWOL again this month. In my defence though, last month was indeed simply pleasure, this time it’s a grandparenting duty call and John Howes has kindly agreed to step into the breech so the group will meet as usual at 7.30pm in the small hall, £3 for members and £4 for visitors.
If you haven’t tried the group yet do come along – it’s an ideal friendly place to simply talk abut our prints, share tips, techniques and ideas. Bring along any prints you’d like to show, work in progress, perhaps those you’d like advice on or those you simply want to share. They don’t need to be mounted but for purely practical purposes, it is best if you do back them with card so they will stay upright on the print stands and the bottom edge will clear the trim.
In February we will be looking particularly at different print papers – and with a Lightroom Print process session on the 22nd January, two complimentary sessions that will fit very nicely together.
Our December Print Group will be a ‘self-help’ affair as a rather lovely hotel has made me a pre-Christmas offer it would have been rude to refuse and so I won’t be with you. Dave Abbott has kindly agreed to look after the evening in by absence – thank you Dave!
We had a bit of a topic in October, comparing images of water and the shutter speeds needed to achieve various different end results – whether that was tranquil still effects or fast ‘freezing’ of swift flowing streams. In doing so, we visited Scotland, Wales, England and France!
November will revert to any images of any subject that you’d like to bring along to discuss. For any members who haven’t yet tried Print Group, you can bring work in any stage of development – a first rough print through to finished and mounted images. It is best to bring prints simply stuck onto a piece of card as this will help keep them upright on the print stands, and ensure the bottom of the print doesn’t disappear below the print stand edge.
While the Print Group offers a chance to share and learn new skills and talk about images you might want to enter into competitions, at heart it is simply an opportunity to just chat about photographs with like-minded folk.
You can come along without bringing any prints – the only caveat is that if everyone does that we have nothing to talk about, so if you can, please do bring prints to share.
We meet on the second Tuesday of the month in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.30pm with a charge of £3 for Club Members and £4 for visitors.
Falls of Orchy by Lorna Brown – the water frozen in action at 1/800 second shutter speed
With the Preview held on Wednesday 21st and the official start on Saturday 24th, A Celebration of People and Places is truly open.
The Preview was a wonderful evening with a real buzz and very positive responses. It was especially good to see long-established members of the Club who are no longer regular attendees and whose work is featured in the archive section. We are getting excellent feedback, and it has been really encouraging to hear from Club members who have said how proud they are to be part of the exhibition.
We also have very good coverage from the Chichester Post and Spirit FM, with Rob Campling and I ensuring a press photo session and then I did a joint interview with Stephanie Thorndyke, the museum’s manager. I hope this will also give us good coverage for our other exhibitions throughout the year.
The team at the museum have really done us proud, and it has been a real pleasure to work with them. I must also thank the other Club members who joined our very small but perfectly formed working party who drew the exhibition together from the Club’s side. That’s Kim Tattersall, Peter Rocchiccioli, John Howes and Dave Abbott. Special thanks are due to Dave for all his work on the archives and records which has given us so much detail of the Club’s history. It was purely coincidental that we received the print of Club members on a trip from 1896 earlier this summer and thanks to Dave we now know who most of them are, what they were doing and their roles in the Club. Dave will be building up the special section on the Club’s website with some of these stories.
Still to come will be the community contributions the Novium is co-ordinating. The exhibition runs until the 10th March – so plenty of time for several visits!
A couple of years ago we celebrated ‘Little Christmas’ for the first time and this is now a regular feature in our calendar. We shamelessly stole Little Christmas from the traditional Irish Nollaig na mBan, but this – or Women’s Christmas – is also celebrated in the Scottish Highlands (Nollaig Bheag), the Isle of Man and parts of England, such as Lancashire, and marks Epiphany or Twelfth Night (6th January).
The Irish tradition features the men taking over the household duties while the women put their feet up and those of us who have visited Camp in County Kerry, shared photographs of the women’s party there a while back. I can’t say how far the Club ladies have succeeded in establishing that particular element but the lunchtime celebration is now a Club regular.
As Twelfth Night falls on a Sunday this year, we are meeting on Saturday 5th at the Walnut Tree at 12.30 for 1pm and all the Club ladies are very welcome. You do need however to book and in the first instance should let me know you would like to come so that I can make the arrangements with the Walnut Tree.
Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21st December to let me know if you wish to join us. There is no need to tell me if you aren’t coming.
This year we have a charitable element to the lunch as well. Many of you will be aware of ‘period poverty’, the simply appalling situation where girls and young women are skipping school or college as they cannot afford or access sanitary protection. Given most of us in the Club no longer have this expenditure I thought we might contribute to the Red Box Scheme run locally by Chichester College and I will arrange for a collection box to be at the Club. Any of the men who might have read this far, you might like to ask the women in your lives if they would also like to donate – or indeed slip some money into the box and I’ll make the necessary purchase.
One of the many things that go on in the background of the Club is the liaison between us and the Village Centre Management. Most of those discussions are about day-to-day matters, but there are some developments coming along that should bring very good improvements for us that I thought you might like to hear about.
The entrance doors and the lobby are to be remodelled, and the very good news on that is that the doors will soon be fully accessible by our less mobile members and be DDA compliant. You can expect that around Christmas or the New Year. We also had an issue last week with cars parked in the disabled car parking spaces – not we think by our members – but you’ll also be pleased to know that the car park is to be tarmacked and when that happens, the disabled parking bays will be repainted and there will be eye level signs added to make restrictions clearer.
The other big news is that funding has been secured to greatly improve the audio visual kit at the hall, including fixed projection screen(s). We are in discussion with the hall about the specifications for screens, and look forward to these changes which should be in the spring and will mean no more (or at least much less) carrying about of the screen for projection evenings.
And finally – putting out and stacking the chairs can be a real task, and while for the time being we are asked to stack and put chairs into the cupboard to take up the minimum room so other hall users can get access, the hall management will be looking at new mobile racked seating that will make life much easier for everyone. That’s going to take longer so your forbearance and assistance in getting everything away at the end of each evening will be appreciated.
Seating at the Assembly Room that stacks away on mobile trolleys
Our exhibition at the Novium is coming together this week – and starting to look very exciting. Some of the working group spent Monday finalising the arrangement of all the prints, and on Wednesday and Thursday of this week everything is being hung.
What a real treat – we have someone doing that for us, and it really is quite a task, so grateful thanks! There are a few pictures of work in progress below.
There is still some space for the Preview Evening next Wednesday 21st November, so if you haven’t yet replied to Laura Williams at the Novium (please see the separate post), please do so in the next day or two.
Any members who have greetings cards for sale, or even prints that are display ready and might attract sales, do please let me know as the shop is also being fitted out with a photography theme and we can have space there (at a 15% commission).
Lorna BrownA section of the installed time line wall
Prints stacked and ready to be hung The Novium’s Window promoting our ExhibitionSome on the archive prints waiting to be displayed
We had a really lively Print Group in October, with two members bravely showing work for the first time – and very good work it was too!
We meet again on Tuesday 13th November, and this month we will be considering in particular composition and images of water. You may of course – as always – bring along work in progress or work you would simply like to share of any sort, but particularly welcome will be images you feel demonstrate those rules of composition, or indeed that successfully break those rules.
Also – at our last meeting we discussed the speeds required to freeze water or conversely, to create those soft or even milky images of moving water. If you have examples and the camera speeds you used do bring those along. About 8 images and backed with card (to help them stay on the stands) is suggested to ensure time for everyone.
Members who would just like to come along without showing work are also welcome – come along to get a feel for the group to see if it’s for you. We meet at 7.30pm in the small hall at Tangmere, with a cost of £3 for members and £4 for visitors.
Members will be aware that the Club has a very special exhibition this winter working with the Novium, Chichester’s district museum in Tower Street. The exhibition marks 125 years since the beginnings of the Club with the Chichester Photographic Society and will include sections drawn from the Club’s archive of prints, work that illustrates and has been inspired by the Chichester district area and our current work.
The Novium would like to invite members to the preview evening on Wednesday 21st November – as the invitation below. Please note though that unlike the Preview for our Annual Exhibition, the space is limited and consequently the invitation is open to Club members only and is on a strictly first come first served basis. Please reply to Laura Williams at the Novium via her email as shown in the invitation.
Patron: The Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester. Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.