It is now less than three weeks until the close of our wonderful exhibition at the Novium – so not only is this a last call to get along to see it if you haven’t yet, but also gives important information on how to collect your work from the museum
The museum staff will take all the prints down on Monday 11th March and leave these ready for your collection, along with the title blocks if you would like to have yours. Please collect your prints from the museum on Tuesday 12th or Wednesday 13th March or arrange for someone to collect them on your behalf.
If you really can’t collect them, remaining prints will be returned to the hall for your collection at a later date, but we would be grateful if the very great majority are taken away directly from the museum.
I’m very pleased to report that the Club’s extraordinarily generous collection for the Chichester Red Box Scheme was handed over to the Chichester and Midhurst scheme representative, Lynsey, at Chichester College last week.
Lynsey tells us that with such a generous donation of £205 cash and a large box of sanitary protection goods, they will be able to also buy underwear, which while not usually donated, is often required. The items will be distributed across the area, which includes Bognor Regis. Lynsey also tells me that this includes small red boxes at local primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
We have card a card from Lynsey, and as you can imagine, the about we were able to raise has been very gratefully received. Can I also add my personal thanks to you all for making this such a successful collection.
You might like to see (if a little belatedly!) the excellent press coverage the Chichester Post gave our exhibition at the Novium for the launch last year.
The LATEST exhibition at the Novium Museum is opening tomorrow, celebrating 125 years since The Chichester Photographic Society was formed in 1893.
Chichester Camera Club: A Celebration of People and Places will feature the rich history of Chichester Camera Club and its development over the years.
Drawing from the club’s archives, The Novium Museum’s social history photography collection and contemporary work, this showcase will also explore the way in which the district has been a source of inspiration to club members across a range of photographic genres.
The Chichester Photographic Society was formed in 1893 and active until 1945 and then after a four-year break, was re-formed in 1949 under the name of Chichester Camera Club.
It has continued as such to the present day and is recognised as one of the most successful camera clubs in the country, welcoming everyone with an interest in photography.
Novium Museum manager, Stephanie Thorndyke, said: “We are thrilled to work with the Chichester Camera Club to put on a exhibition of 125 years since they formed bringing together history and photography.
“It’s a beautiful and rich tapestry of photographs with extremely high standards.
“It’s really an exhibition which is made with our local community as all photographers are local and a big part of the exhibition is, too, with a strong focus on the district.
“I hope that visitors will be inspired by our district and the local community will take part and take photographs.”
A very varied exhibition has come together featuring work from the camera club’s archive – including lantern slides from the early days of the club.
As well as a section of contemporary work, a large part of the exhibition contains photographs drawn from across the Chichester district area that show activities, the people and the geography of this diverse area.
Club members have been submitting their images for a while to get the collection together, many drawn from their back catalogues, such as Dave Abbott’s late 1980’s image, for this part of the exhibition.
The wider district community is also being called upon to become part of the exhibition by submitting their own digital photos for inclusion.
Every three weeks, local residents will be asked to respond to a different theme:
people place natural world selfie
Twenty of the best photographs from each category will be selected and displayed digitally within the exhibition. The community will also be able to take part in a monthly caption competition and other interactive elements.
Lorna Brown, former chairman of Chichester Camera Club, says: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work in partnership with The Novium Museum to celebrate our long history and the many ways the area in and around Chichester has inspired our members.”
Cllr Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for community services at Chichester District Council, said: “We live in such a beautiful district, with so much to offer. We look forward to input from the community with their own photos as well as images from members of the Chichester Camera Club, in what will become a highly engaging, collaborative and interactive showcase of the Chichester district.”
I was very pleased to receive the following copy of a TripAdviser review from our friends at the Novium. It is I think the Club’s first TripAdviser review, although others may know better!
I’m ashamed to say I had never visited the Novium before. What drew me in this time was the wonderful exhibition celebrating 125 years of the Chichester Camera Club and its forebear the Chichester Photographic Society. The Photographic Society survived WWII, then folded in 1945. After 4 years, from the ashes arose CCC. A professional curator was involved in the hanging and it shows in the finished show. I will return for a second or third appreciation of this great show. Open until 10th March. Not to be missed.
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 enduring 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.
The Ladies of the Club by Jan Davis
Patron: The Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester. Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.