All posts by Lorna Brown

RPS Group 21st January

Club members have been doing really well on the RPS front this season with Jeff Owen’s successful A panel and Frank Adams’s Fellowship, and there are L panels in the pipeline too.

If you would like to find out more about the distinctions awarded by the Royal Photographic Society and how to go about developing a portfolio of work for submission, join us at the RPS Group on Tuesday 21st January. You don’t need to bring work along at first, you’l be very welcome to come along just to see if this might be for you.

We meet in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.15 for 7.30pm start. £3 for Club members and £4 for visitors.

The features image is one of Frank Adams recent FRPS panel which are gold leaf backed on a vellum print.


Frank Adams FRPS

It is with very great pleasure we can announce that Frank Adams has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

This prestigious award is well deserved by Frank who many will know makes the most wonderful landscape images, replicating the quality of dark room prints in his digital black and white images.

More recently Frank had been experimenting with a technique he had developed that includes a hand applied gold leaf reflection layer on the back of a vellum digital print. As he explains, ‘This produces small random imperfections making each picture unique with Wabi Sabi characteristics.  A small picture format is employed and this results in a portion of the image being below human visual acuity, which becomes subliminal.’

These exquisite landscapes combine Western and Oriental art techniques which superbly met his aim of producing an original fine art aesthetic with the successful panel of 20 prints being recognised by the RPS.

One of Frank’s images from the panel is featured here but the beauty of them needs to be seen in the actual prints as the conversion to a web image cannot capture the magic of this special technique.  Sadly for us, the RPS have retained Frank’s panel so we won’t be able to see the work for a while, but he says if he doesn’t get it back quite shortly he will be making a duplicate.

It is very many congratulations to Frank for this wonderful achievement.

Print group Tuesday 14th January

The Print Group meets again on Tuesday 14th January with our usual mix of work at all stages of development to share and discuss and consider how to get the best out of our prints.

The group includes photographers across all levels of experience and is an ideal introduction to understanding photographic critique, sharing tips and techniques and looking for advice.

You don’t even have to bring work along until you are ready to. Prints don’t need to be mounted, but do attach them to some card just to keep them in place on the stands. 

Join us at 7.15 for a 7.30 start in the small hall at Tangmere.  

The featured image is White Tree at Crummock by Andy Bracey 

December RPS group

There will be a celebratory mood at our December RPS group meeting which takes place on Tuesday 17th December in the small hall at 7.15 for 7.30pm as Jeff Owen who has recently achieved his ARPS will be bringing along his successful panel.

You’ll be very welcome to join us to find out more about the group and – if you are ready – to bring along prints you are thinking about for the RPS distinctions. 

In keeping wit the celebratory mood and being close to Christmas, there will of course be mince pies too!

£3 for Club members and £4 for visitors

Print group Tuesday 10th December

Our December Print Group meeting will be on Tuesday 10th, in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.15 for 7.30pm.  

As usual you are very welcome to come along to see what the group gets up, to bring work in any stage of development whether that’s work you’d like to share, images that are puzzling you or work that has been in competitions that you’d like to talk about.  Nothing needs to be mounted but backing prints with any card you have to hand will keep the images upright on the print stands.

This being our meeting close to Christmas there will of course be mince pies!

£3 for Club members and £4 for visitors


Ladies’ Little Christmas

Dear Ladies of the Club

In the last few years we have taken to celebrating Little Christmas – or Nollaig na mBan  in Ireland – which takes place on Epiphany. Traditionally, and the tradition exists in places across the British Isles and Scandinavia, this is the day when the women rest and the men undertake all the usual chores. We celebrate by getting together for lunch.

Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, falls this year on Monday 6th January and rather than extend our Christmas celebrations into another week, we will celebrate on Friday 3rd January provisionally at the Walnut Tree in Runcton at 12.30 for 1pm.

In the first instance please let me know by email ( if you would like to join us. A little alter I will ask for your menu choice in advance of the booking.

Please let me know by Friday 20th December if you would like to come along – there is no need to contact me if you will not be coming.  

Lorna Brown


Oving Traffic Lights Petition

Some members will be aware of plans to close the Oving Traffic lights as part of the large developments at Shopwyke which will affect many Camera Club members as they travel to and from the Club.

The Tangmere News includes this and members might wish to follow up to lodge any objections you might have: –

Objections for the official TRO for the closure of the lights closed in November but because there were enough objections were received the matter will be kept open for a little while longer.

Within this window, the organisers of the petition are trying to get as many signatures in order to put pressure on their MP to raise the issue again with the Secretary of State for Transport. It’s hoped that they have until January to do so. With over 1,700 signatures so far, they are well on the way to getting at least 2,500. it’s been featured on Chi Observer Facebook page and it can be found at and search Oving lights, or find the link to the petition at



RPS Successes

There is excellent news on the Royal Photographic Society front with Jeff Owen achieving his associateship.  Jeff was awarded his ARPS with his intriguing panel “Bark Beetle Tracks” .

This prestigious RPS award requires applicants to submit 15 related images that sit harmoniously together and meet the aims set out in a statement of intent.  Jeff’s panel was created from macro images of the tracks made by bark beetle larva feeding on the trees. In the trails the larva left behind Jeff saw, patterns that ‘reminded me of ancient art, Nazca lines in the Peru desert, cave paintings, hieroglyphs and aboriginal art. In some I could see strange figures locked together.’ 

Jeff processed the images to bring out his interpretation but notes that we each see something different and asks what do you see?
One of Jeff Owen’s successful ARPS panel images

Another recent RPS success was for Jonathan Fiske who entered the monthly competition for the first time and was short listed. To make the final 20 out of 738 entries is a very good result, and especially pleasing for a first attempt.

Jonathan Fiske’s image that was short listed in the October RPS monthly competition

Many congratulations to both Jeff and Jonathan.