All posts by Michael Harris

Chair

Hi All,

Just back from a brilliant week in Suffolk. We should have been a four but unfortunately our friend went down with bout of the dreaded Covid so Pip and I had to talk to each other all week. We survived though.

I had a very sad mail from John Bradshaw, informing me that the lovely Graham Sergeant, pictured above, passed away last Tuesday. Graham, as you know, was a long term member and very well known for his AV work, some of which we have seen at the club. He will be sadly missed by all and our thoughts are with the family. I’m led to believe that the funeral will be close family only but it is hoped that there will be a gathering sometime in the future to celebrate his life. Further details will be posted at a later date.

On a happier note, I am delighted to announce that Sue Nash has volunteered to be our Vice Chair next season so will be co-opted onto the committee to support our chair David Pritchard.

Lastly, I am pleased to say that the Annual Exhibition working party has made very good progress and feel that this years exhibition will be up to our normal excellent standard. It will be the first for three years so here’s hoping it will be a roaring success.

All the best.

Mike

Chair

Hi All

A very informative presentation last night by our own Caroline Preece and I would guess it’s given us a lot to think about when seeing and producing an image. We often hear about the golden rules of photography and like Caroline question just what hey mean and whether we should stick to them. After last night we might consider further experimentation without their use, so thanks Caroline for posing the question.

You may all be aware that we have a new cup to present this year at the annual exhibition, the Kenneth Richardson Memorial Cup for the best black and white image.

Kenneth was a young member in the early 1950s and had his first print accepted into our Annual Exhibition at the age of 16 years of age, two accepted at 17 and 5 accepted at 18 all of which were black and white. He also had a print accepted in the 1955 Annual Sussex Exhibition, a colour slide in the 1956 Birmingham International and a slide accepted in the 1956 Royal Photographic Exhibition. He served on our club committee and became editor of the club magazine. Sadly Kenneth died in a road accident in 1956 at the tender age of nineteen. The cup has been donated by his sisters, Barbara Coombes and Wendy Pearce and will be presented by Barbara at this years Annual Exhibition.

A note from Phil Acland our Sussex Fed Rep.

This Saturday was supposed to be the the Sussex Fed print competition exhibition that we as a club have entered. Unfortunately it has been cancelled however all prints have been judged at a closed event and the results will be announced at the Fed AGM in june.

THE END OF OUR SEASON and my two years as chair. Goodness knows where that time went.It was an unusual period as we all know but I am encouraged but member support and wish David and his committee a very successful 22/23 season. I also hope to see numbers increase at Tangmere as I’ve missed the company of many who used to attend and hope they will feel more confident to join us in September.

My best to all.

Mike

Chair

Hi All,

Great fun last night at our 3rd Club/Inter print comp. I thought the judge, Jason Hyde, was really good. He spent plenty of time on each image, generated some good dialogue with the photographers and offered some excellent positive critique.

A few reminders for members.

Please bring any outstanding cups/trophies to our next and last meeting of the season, so David can get them engraved and ready for presentation at our Annal exhibition.

Please also consider voting for your chosen recipients of the Coath and Edmund cups. These are awarded by members so your vote counts. Final votes need to be in by the 26th and can be made using the following link.

chair@chichestercameraclub.org.uk

Finally, we still need volunteer stewards for the annual exhibition so please consider signing up next week.

So to our last meeting. We have the pleasure of a presentation from one of our own, Caroline Preece, entitled ‘Tools not Rules’. I hope to see as many as possible attending to close out our 21/22 season.

Stay safe

Mike

PS. Must have pressed the wrong button for the featured image but I don’t care as it’s mine. LOL.

Chair

Hi All,

Wendy Chalk. You’ll be pleased to hear that the final send off for Wendy was a wonderful occasion. Hearing from family members and friends it was very clear she was a remarkable person and will be sadly missed. The most touching moment was when an air ambulance helicopter did a fly by over Chichester Marina and then hovered and dipped its nose as a very fitting tribute to one of their own.

AGM. We had a very good AGM last night with all proposals agreed. The big issue for the club, are vacancies in the following committee and post holder positions. Vice chair and Programme secretary on the committee, Publicity secretary and Regnum Crouch/Sussex Fed Rep posts.

Both committee posts are vital for the club, in particular the programme secretary, and need to be filled as soon as possible, so once again I’m asking members to consider volunteering. There is a mass of support available so volunteers will be fully assisted in the roles.

Cups. The return date for cups/trophies is the 26th of this month. If you have one please bring it to the meeting on the 26th, or arrange for it to be there, as we need to give David Abbot plenty of time to get them engraved.

The 26th is also the closing date for members to vote for the recipients of the Coath cup for photographer of the year, and the Edmund cup for the person you feel has contributed the most to the club over the year. Your votes can be made using this link. chair@chichestrcameraclub.org.uk

Annual Exhibition. Just a reminder that the closing date for entries is the 19th so please make a final effort to enter. Also I invite any member who has had successes in the recent past, to submit any items, such as press articles etc, for our information board at the exhibition. The provisional closing date for this is the 1st July.

Next week is the 3rd Club/Inter print competition. Entries are a little low so our judge has kindly agreed to spend a little extra time over each image and is happy to enter into a dialogue with the photographer if they so wish. It would be an opportunity for the photographer to explain what they feel they are trying to present in the image and a vehicle to understand how it might be improved. It is optional and not obligatory but could be a useful learning exercise.

That’s all for now so stay safe.

Mike

AGM

Hi All,

I hope that you’ve been beavering away preparing your entries for the Annual Exhibition. It’ll be our first for a long time so let’s ensure we make it one of our best. It needs your full support now more than ever before.

A little reminder that tomorrow evening is our AGM. To make sure we are quorate we need at least 35 members to be present but I sincerely hope we get more. All the Zoom details are on our programme section in the website.

After two really enjoyable years as your chair I’ve got my tissues ready just in case I well up during the evening. That at least should entice a huge audience.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Take care.

Mike

Annual Exhibition images needed.

Hi All,

Please see this very strong message from our President which I fully endorse.

Our Annual Exhibition is renowned as one of the premier photographic exhibitions in the country. We must maintain that level of quality even in the difficult times we’ve had over the last couple of years. Please make sure you have entered by the 19th.

David Abbott President CCC.

Along the same lines it is really disappointing to find that we have no club and only 12 inter images for the 3rd club/Inter print competition Thursday week. It seems to me to be very unfair to ask a judge to travel to the club for such a low number of entries so I am extending the deadline to the 12th in the hope that more members enter.

Finally, I am again asking members to vote for their choices to receive the Coath and Edmund cups. At present I have only received responses from 11 members which rather devalues the awards. These cups are our members opportunity to choose their photographer of the year for the Coath Cup and the individual who has contributed the most to the club over the last year for the Edmunds cup. Please vote using the link chair@chichestercameraclub.org.uk. For information, details of these awards were posted by our President in the newsletter of 25th April 2022.

Take care

Mike

Chair

Hi All,

The featured image above, is of our sadly departed secretary Wendy Chalk in her role as the first female London’s Air Ambulance Paramedic. As you know Wendys funeral is the 12th May at 11:45. Chichester Crematorium. Then on to Chichester Yacht Club for the Wake. Dress code: what ever you’re comfortable in (Wendy hated formality!). Any donations in lieu of flowers to the charity Stonepillow – stonepillow.org. I’m asking again if any member who wishes to attend to please let me know as soon as possible using the following link. chair@chichestercameraclub.org.uk. Graham, her husband, needs to know for catering purposes at the wake. Currently we have five members representing the club.

Please see the post from Lorna regarding entry for the Annual Exhibition. It is so important to have enough prints to mount a successful exhibition and we need the support of all members to do so.

Rob De Ruiter the President of the BCC has mailed me this invite to our members.

‘As part of our programme of speakers this year Bognor Regis Camera Club have been able to arrange a talk by Clive Nichols on Tuesday evening 10th May at 7.30 entitled “The art of Garden and Flower Photography”. As I’m sure you may be aware, Clive Nichols has established a reputation as one of the world’s finest flower and garden photographers. His passion for the subject comes across in every image that he makes. Clive has photographed many of the world’s best gardens, including HRH The Prince of Wales’s own private garden in Scotland, Lord Rothschild’s private garden in Corfu and Lord Heseltine’s private garden in Oxfordshire. In addition his work has appeared in hundreds of books as well as in countless magazines, calendars and brochures. Over the past 25 years he has amassed a stunning collection of over 60,000 images. Clive regularly gives master classes in flower and garden photography for The Royal Horticultural Society and for the past 5 years he has been one of the two main judges for the prestigious ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ awards.
Clive has been extremely difficult to get hold of as he is much in demand. I’m sure this will be a very worthwhile evening and as such we would be pleased to welcome any of your members who may like to join us for this presentation – 7.15 for a 7.30 start. Tickets £5 on the door at the StMary’s Centre Felpham’.

Finally can I ask all members to consider voting for their choice to receive the Coath and Edmunds cups. Both these are awarded by members. The Coath cup is for Photographer of the year and the Edmunds cup for the the individual who has contributed most to the club in the past year, above the call of duty. Please vote using the link chair@chichestercameraclub.org.uk. For information, details of these awards were posted by our President in the newsletter of 25th April 2022.

Best regards

Mike

Chair

Another array of excellent images from our advanced members was judged very well by Bob Webzell. Congratulations to all entrants especially those who scored a maximum of 10.

Graham Chalk has sent me the details of Wendy’s funeral which are as follows.

It will be held at the Chichester Crematorium , 11.45am on the 12th May . This will be followed by a wake at the Chichester Yacht Club, to which all are welcome, however Graham has requested numbers so he can organise catering. If you wish to attend the wake please let me know as soon as possible by mail to chair@chichestercameraclub.org.uk.

As Wendy hated formality, Graham says please wear whatever you feel comfortable in and any donations, in lieu of flowers, should be made to the Stone pillow Charity at stonepillow.org.

Another reminder that the closing date for entries into our annual exhibition is the 12th May so please make sure you have entered. Full entry details are on our website.

If any member has sent a proposal for the AGM to the secretary, could they please copy it to me as soon as possible so I can circulate it next week.

I think that’s all, so have a good meeting next Thursday with David as I’ll hopefully be in Montenegro.

Stay safe.

Mike

Chair

I thoroughly enjoyed the Bristol International last night and I hope you all did too. A huge array of terrific images from worldwide photographers and it does inspire when you see images like that.

Okay, another reminder about the Annual Exhibition this August.

Members can enter up to six prints, up to six PDI’s and two PDI’s for PDI of the year. The portal is open and the closing date is 15th May. For full instructions please access the competition rules on our website from the link below.

https://chichestercameraclub.org.uk/competition-standings-2020-21/projected-digital-image-pdi-club-competition-rules-20152016/

This is really important to the club as it’s our first public An/Ex for three years so needs your full support.

Finally our AGM is fast approaching when I hand over the chair responsibility to David Pritchard, hence the featured image, who I’m sure will lead the club to even greater achievements. Please remember that should you wish to put a fully proposed and seconded proposal forward, it must be with our secretary by April 21st.

Next week is the 3rd Advanced print competition, in the company of our visiting judge Bob Webzell, so another chance to see some cracking images from our advanced members.

Take care

Mike

Chair

What a great panel night with some fantastic entries. Congratulations to all who received a highly commended and the first three places. Jeff was a worthy winner with a beautiful panel that must have taken a lot of work. He’s obviously got too much free time so Lynn needs to find him a list of chores to give the rest of us a chance.

Important reminder.

The portal for the Annual Exhibition is open and the closing date for entries is the 15th May. This will be our first for three years and we need a lot of support from members to make it a success. Full details are attached to this newsletter.

Next week is the Bristol International 2021 presentation, however unfortunately, the presenters are unable to come to the club so will be presenting via Zoom. This will be broadcast at Tangmere on the big screen and available at home for those who cannot attend. Zoom details will be added to our programme.

Finally, and I can’t believe it’s come round so quickly, our AGM is fast approaching so any fully signed proposed and seconded proposals for the AGM need to with our secretary by the 21st April.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at our Spring Exhibition this weekend.

Take care

Mike