Congratulations are in order to John Larry who has achieved his 100th award on the international salon circuit! That’s some achievement on John’s part, and – if memory serves – he’s got something like 1000 acceptances. Those of us working towards our AFIAP and even EFIAP awards are in awe of John’s success rate and send him our warmest congratulations.
John Larry’s Dawn in Africa, which scored 10 in the 1st Advance PDI competition this year
We welcomed Jim Pascoe as our judge last night, accompanied by Nicky, his wife. They are Hampshire-based professional photographers specialising in what Jim calls ‘people pictures’. He has a particular line in photographing the Clergy, including the Bishops of Winchester and Guildford, and many of us will recognise his lively image of choirboys running towards the camera. Jim has a real knack of making relaxed, friendly portraits, and that capacity came across in his judging. As he admitted, ‘I’m always a sucker for good portrait’, and we noticed too his enjoyment of images that had been thought through, and appreciated his helpful critiques.
You can see the results on the competition pages, with Corine Noyalet, Justin Hadley and Ed Feldmanis coming in first, second and third positions in the Beginners, and Lynne Owen coming in top of Intermediates with Stephen Tattersall and Frank Sandbach in second and third positions at the end of this year’s PDI competitions. Lynne’s rather comprehensive win is in contrast to the outcome of the Advance league which concluded last week. There, Andy Dulson, Stephen Marsh and Ronnie Hall tied in first place! Well done to all the winners and to everyone for making this year’s PDI competitions so interesting with so many really excellent images.
Lynne Owen’s The Friendly Fisherman scored 9.5 in the 2nd Intermediate PDI competition
Further news on the inaugural meeting of the RPS Landscape Group from Paul Graber, the Events Co-ordinator at the RPS, to be held on 2nd April. Meet up at 10.30 at Chichester Cross, a couple of hours of urban photography, then down to West Wittering after lunch, hoping for long exposures/ sunset, weather, and car park hours permitting. Paul would like to know if Club members are interested in joining the meeting, and about places to eat and good photo sites.
If you would let me know, I will pass the information on to Paul.
We welcomed Chris Neill Griffin as judge for last night’s competition, returning to the Club after a gap of some years. Chris told us her judging had been described as ‘forensic’ and we certainly agreed! A very perceptive judge, we all valued her careful critiques. Chris has a very sound technical and aesthetic grounding and her analysis of the images, the composition, the use of colour, sight lines, camera and post processing techniques was first rate. We all learned from Chris’s thorough judging, as well as appreciating her passion for photography and clear enjoyment of our images. You can find the results and standings on the competition pages of the website.
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.”
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