Eagle-eyed Ray Acland spotted a two line entry in the latest RPS magazine about an inaugural meeting of the RPS Landscape Group to be held in Chichester on the 2nd April. Subsequently, I have contacted Tim Parish who chairs the group who put me in contact with RPS Events Co-ordinator Paul Graber, who is organising the event. Paul is the Chairman of Guildford Photographic Society and a regular visitor to our Annual Exhibition – and complimentary about our work! He would appreciate our assistance in identifying photogenic sites in Chichester, and then perhaps in West Wittering. More news will follow.
We welcomed Sue Sibley as our judge on Thursday, and had a very enjoyable evening seeing very good work from both Beginners and Intermediates. Sue’s judging was enthusiastic and very informative, with plenty of sound technical advice. Sue’s has a very strong sense of composition, and a particular enjoyment of colour and lighting. She clearly enjoys the quirky and was encouraging of more experimental work, as well as having a considerable interest in the photographer’s thought processes behind the image.
As the current Chair of Southampton International Exhibition, we were very grateful to Sue not just for such an informative evening, but that she collected out members’ print entries for SIE!
I’m standing in for Jan as he is a way for a few weeks, and so had the pleasure of opening last week’s meeting which was a superb presentation by our own Janey Divine. Janey took us on her photographic journey, from her first drawn images, through her ealry photographic experiments to her Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society. She is a highly creative image maker, and shared not just her many successes but also some work she felt had not worked as well, but which informed her development. It was an inspiring evening which Iain McGowan concluded with a heartfelt vote of thanks to Janey.
At our meeting on Thursday we all appreciated the sensible and perceptive judging of one of our favourite guests to The Club, Ken Scott. He was quite critical of technical faults in the Advanced Print Competition but in reality did not find very many. He managed to pull out the best images from Lorna Brown
and Ross Laney
and give excellent feedback on the other images.
We have just finished our Advanced Workers Annual Exhibition at North Mundham which was well visited with over 500 visitors. The feedback confirmed that the photographer’s work that was displayed was of the highest standard ever and showed a variety in both presentation and subjects. It was encouraging seeing so many of the photographic cognoscenti from near and far complementing the work on show. The PDI show on the TV screen was particularly appreciated.
The AV program by Graham Sergeant and Carole Speight who have dedicated many hours to produce was a great entertainment. The quality of the work and the humour and involvement of natural actors from the club made this years program an added attraction from our club.
Iain McGowan with the help of Joy Whiting were brilliant in mobilising something like a hundred of our members to enjoy contributing to all the tasks to ensure the exhibition was a triumph
The dinner on Saturday was a special success and got off with a good start thanks to Heather Coulson’s mulled wine and we all were well fed by Bill McKnight and his delicious dishes. It was a great pleasure to have our guest of honour Walter Benzie to be so welcome as part of our family in the club and we all support him and wish him luck in the reforms he has initiated within the RPS. We welcome him off our waiting list to join the fun in the club when his period in The RPS is over.
The efforts of Sheila Tester with all the volunteers in organising and keeping the catering going using the new kitchen and cafeteria area was impressive and was enjoyed by all in front of and behind the counter.
The engagement of Ann and her raffle ticket sellers was made all the more successful because of the superb images being raffled so all ticket buyers and winners were suitably excited.
The Tombola and variety of prizes meant that many won things they would never have thought of ever owning.
The sales table was filled with a museum of items from every stage and era of photography and how Jon and Joan Barham kept cool and handled all the keen purchasers and got their money was remarkable. The variety and generosity of the members who provided so much tempting goods will be well appreciated when the money that benefits The Club is added up.
Luckily for the club there is a dedicated pool of strong volunteers who manhandled all the panels and stands from Tangmere on Friday and back on Sunday in what I think is record time.
Thanks to everyone involved.
Let us look forward to The Spring Exhibition on 23rd and 24th April 2016.
We started 2016 with cinematographer Nick Eriksson who showed us an excerpt from his film A Dark Reflection http://www.adarkreflection.com and some brilliant short films and a music video. He gave us an insight into the preplanning and execution in making these films and achieving a ‘look’ and both tension and calm with longish sequences with little dialogue and appropriate music and above all superb images. All our senses were affected by the impact of the visual sequences demonstrating the power of cinema and how it is integral to the creation of images. We wish Nick good luck with his future projects and appreciated his dedication and professionalism and enjoyed his excellent presentation and good responses to all the members questions.
It was underlined that the clubs exhibitions: The Advanced Workers at North Mundham, The Spring Exhibition and Summer Exhibition are the responsibility of all the members in the club to make a success, not just the exhibitors but all the others who contribute.
Ray Acland announced the (re)start up of the Black and White Group with two meetings so far on Wednesday the 17th February and 2nd March. There was a show of hands indicating an interest in this initiative.
We finished 2015 with a quiz night and plenty of good cheer and a series of further honours for our members in medals and acceptances in Salons. A welcome collection for the Snowdrop Trust and sale of Christmas Cards from St Wilfrids Hospice and Photographic Contribution to the Tangmere Village concluded our various contributions to the local community.
Our new members have shown great results in the beginner’s en prints, beginners and intermediate competitions. The en print competition is very close before the final rounds and with a open subject should encourage more competitors to the 4th round deadline 14th January.
This year 2016 heralds a further program of exciting club meetings with excellent speakers and judges. In particular the meeting on the 7th January next week with Cinematographer Nick Eriksson will be a welcome look into the wider sphere of image making.
The subgroups that have loyal followers are a perfect way of getting into the social ring within the club and are proven to improve the photography of all the participants. Do come along and participate as these are smaller and give ample opportunity to interact with other members of the club. Those on the waiting list are especially welcome as this gives a taste of what the club is about.
New this year will be two meetings dedicated to Black and White scheduled on Wednesday the 17th Feb and 2nd March organised by Ray Acland. There will also be a follow up meeting in the Portrait Group on the 16th March with an opportunity to take photographs with the lighting and guidance of Reg Wilson. The digital group has again managed to get Richard Curtis from the high echelons within Adobe to amaze us with what is buzzing in Adobe and where we/they are going. The subgroup meeting is on Tuesday the 23rd Feb in the large Hall.
We look forward to the Advanced workers at North Mundham on the 16th and 17th January and the Spring Exhibition at Tangmere on the 23rd and 24th April and finally the Summer Exhibition opening on 12th and open to the public from the 13th to the 20th August in the Assembly Rooms.
Your chance to join Iain McGowan photographic workshops
We still have two rooms available on our East Sussex photographic workshop from Friday afternoon March 18 to Tuesday afternoon March 22 (four nights). Accommodation is in a small very comfortable seafront hotel at Bexhill immediately opposite the iconic De La Warr Pavilion. The photographic itinerary will include Dungeness, the old fishing quarter at Hastings, the De La Warr pavilion, Bodiam Castle, Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Cliffs and nearby areas of the South Downs. The price for the workshop is £324 excluding evening meal costs.
If any club members are interested in joining us on this workshop, we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Iain (01243 266094)
Best wishes for getting the shot in 2016.
Quote from Jane Bown
“The best pictures are uninvited. They are suddenly there in front of you. But they are there one minute and gone the next. I mean it is quite easy to take the photograph but difficult to get the shot.”
Following a successful launch of the exhibition for ‘New and Aspiring Photographers’ last April, this event for Beginner and Intermediate workers returns to Tangmere Village Centre on 23rd & 24th April 2016. This offers a chance to show your work in any size, any format and in any layout on a 6 x 4 panel. Your can register now and it’s on a first come, first served basis so be quick! To register just click here to download the registration form, fill it in and give it with your £10 hanging fee to Lorna Brown by Thursday 18th February 2016 at the very latest. Please make cheques payable to Chichester Camera Club, NOT CCC.
Congratulations Graham Sergeant for being awarded a PAGB Gold medal at the Great Northern Festival held in December for his audio-visual sequence “Beeswing”. [The sequence is the homeless project.] This will be shown at the club on the 17 March 2016. In his response he thanked Carole Speight and Pete Bamforth for their support and contribution to the success.
The RPS group is meeting tomorrow the 14th to combine serious analysis of potential RPS submissions and mince pies
Ann is still looking for volunteers to bake potatoes for the North Mundham supper on the Saturday. She needs five more people to bake ten potatoes each. Lorna, Lynne and Mike D have already kindly volunteered. Lorna and Lynne have offered to bake twenty if necessary but I think it is less trouble for them if we have more volunteers. Contact Ann by email.
Next weeks quiz night will require refreshment and fun so please bring a bit of both. We would like to take a photograph of all medal winners in the year so please bring your medals.
At Thursdays meeting Rob de Ruiter judged the beginners and intermediate print competition with his animated and lively manner and with comments that were absolutely too the point. It was an enjoyable evening as he was very considerate engaging in a dialogue with the photographers about their prints that achieved 10 points. We look forward to see him again as he is always welcome in our club. The results are already on the website as are the standings (need for log in)
Santa was on his sleigh in the car park at the Coop Tangmere on Friday afternoon.
The pictures I took of Santa and the families are available to be sent to you by email. Small contact prints are on the notice board at the Tangmere Village Centre so if you send me the number of the image via the contact form on this page I will send you the file.
Maybe some of you gave me your address but the email did not get through so don’t hesitate to contact us.