We were pleased to welcome Barry Mead as our speaker last night on the subject of ‘Windmills of Your Mind’. Barry has been a judge for us in recent times but had not visited the Club for a lecture for some years so his presence was long overdue.
Barry’s background is in fine art teaching and that artistic element features strongly in his work. Whilst photography initially was used as an aid in the teaching process it gradually became an all consuming passion and he has been a full time photographer since 1998 with a prodigious output of work. Since then he has amassed an impressive list of awards and photographic qualifications, including the awarding of honorary membership of the RPS for his services to photography.
Barry’s images cover a wide range of subjects from wildlife to landscape and sports though it is his creative photography that really stands out through the blending of many diverse ‘straight’ pictures to create surreal and dream like images. His imagination and creative inspiration really has no bounds. He is a strong advocate of experimentation to develop a wider skill set, always trying something different, even way out. His early years of photography were characterised by stretching darkroom techniques to their limits and more recently he has adopted the same approach to digital work. The result was a hugely entertaining evening with lots of award winning images – a true inspiration to all.
Tickets are now available to Members of both Chichester and Bognor Regis Camera Clubs for this special event on 11th April with a lecture by nationally renowned photographer Eamonn McCabe. The cost is £5 to Members of either clubs and, should there still be capacity, will be opened to other clubs at £10. Tickets can be purchased at the Club on Thursday evenings. The event is being jointly sponsored by the clubs as part of an initiative to bring some of the UK’s top photographers to the area. Eamonn worked for The Guardian and Observer before freelancing since 2001 and some of the achievements during his career include:
Sports Photographer of the Year for a record 4 times covering 3 Olympics;
In 1985 was named News Photographer of the Year for his work at the Heysel Stadium disaster
Won Picture Editor of the Year 6 times;
Appears regularly on radio and TV talking about photography and currently has several pieces of work at the National Portrait Gallery.
Photographers of this calibre are normally outside the budget of an individual Club but the joint sponsorship could make this viable providing we get strong support at the event from both Clubs. If successful we will do more such events in the future.
The lecture entitled ‘A Life in Pictures’ will be held at the Mitre Lecture Theatre of Chichester University (Chichester Campus) which has a 198 seating capacity at 7:30pm on Wednesday 11th April. Please put the date in your diary and make a special effort to attend.
Chichester hosted the latest round of the SCPF Print League last night. Some 64 prints were submitted, 8 each from the 8 clubs in the first division. The standard was uniformly high as it featured the best work from the top clubs in the league and the task of assessing and grading the images was carried out with great skill by Caroline Colegate. After a very closely run contest New Forest were declared the winners of the round with 70.5 marks, Chichester were second with 69 and Southampton third with 68.5 – a very stimulating and informative evening.
John Field has kindly volunteered with Hilary Featherstone to look after external exhibitions. The Club mounts a permanent exhibition at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, changed 2 or 3 times a year, which is much appreciated by the residents at a particularly difficult time of their lives. We would like to provide a new display in October and to that end John is requesting members to bring prints for consideration. A box will be put out at the next 3 Camera Club meetings on Thursdays so please bring a selection of images in the usual 50 x 40cm mounts. We need at least 40 prints from which a selection of around 30 will be made.
We were treated to three very different presentations from members of the HIghcliffe and Infinity Photography Club. Nicky Pascoe started the evening’s entertainment with beautiful images of dancers both in the studio and in a wide variety of locations including flower fields, Salisbury Cathedral cloisters, Highcliffe Castle and along the coast. Dancers were shown in acrobatic as well as classical poses, often in the middle of winter but they looked to be enjoying the shoot almost as much as the photographer. Nickly has developed a real expertise and high reputation for the quality and passion of her work and is often approached by ballet dancers to have pictures for their portfolio.
By way of complete contrast Fay Bowles showed us how to enhance still life photographs with a variety of background textures including wire wool, wallpaper, tiles, water reflections and the contents of a garden shed. Layers were overlaid to produce really stunning effects and her use of small farmyard animals added a sense of humour and scale to her work.
The evening was concluded by the presentation of Jim Pascoe with a focus on the work and life of choristers at Winchester Cathedral. Jim has been given unprecedented access to the behind the scenes activities of the boys in both formal and informal settings. The photos were fresh, original and unusual.
The three presentations added up to an excellent evening of real entertainment and were much appreciated by all.
The only way to access the Club is via a key fob system; the code access pad no longer works. 10 fobs have been allocated to us by the Village Centre and these are held by: Lorna Brown (Chair); Mike Hancock (Vice Chair); Peter Rocchiccioli (Selection Committee Chair); Ann McDonald (PAGB group); Graham Sergeant (RPS group); Dave Abbott (Digital group); Jeff Owen (IT/ Projector lead) and Graham Walls (meeting layout). In addition Jan Davis is the holder of a spare and Wojt Boden has a fob on behalf of the Exhibition leads – Iain McGowan, Sarah Nichol and himself.
For those who may need occasional access to the Club you will need to make arrangements to get a fob from one of the named key fob holders and then return the fob after use.
We had an excellent prints presentation from Pete Bamforth last night extolling the benefits of the large print format for all of his images, but particularly for landscapes. Many of the images were taken in winter, full of atmosphere and capturing the essence of the various places visited. We were taken on a tour of iconic locations with big skies in such diverse places as Glencoe, Iona, Mull, Bhutan, China, Silk Road in central Asia and the Orkneys. The predominantly black and white images were contrasted with a few in colour with the former generally conveying the greater atmosphere and producing more photographic impact.
This work was contrasted with the more intimate detail of images from Birmingham library, the colourful reflections in the surrounding canals and the high quality truly artistic graffiti on the canal walkways and walls.
Pete has a great eye for capturing both the beautiful and the grand in his work, with all images beautifully printed and presented. An inspirational evening for us all.
Carole Speight and Graham Sergeant provided an excellent evening of AV entertainment covering a wide range of subjects through 12 separate AV projects.Some were devised in partnership with members of Hailsham and Selsdon Camera Clubs providing mutually supportive ideas and inspiration.Topics ranged from the profoundly moving ‘Children by Salgado’ complemented by the haunting melody of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ to social commentary on scenes from the 1950s to humorous cartoons and a film about a ‘A Perfect Husband’ – yes they really do exist!!Carole and Graham demonstrated that really effective AV could comprise a simple theme with carefully chosen musical accompaniment to complement the mood producing results that produced powerful messages for the audience.A great success and one to be repeated often in the future we hope.
Cath Walter asks members to send to her images she can use in the publicity for the Annual Exhibition in August. Cath tries to get our images in a variety of local and national publications and some of these have long lead-in times. Images should be about 2 to 4mb in size and should be e mailed to Cath at ‘email@example.com’.
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