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.
Congratulations to GLYN EDMUNDS who gained three awards at the Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography. Glyn is a long time supporter of the PAGB Group and is a regular advisor to those going for the PAGB Distinctions.
Glyn was awarded one Gold Medal, one Silver Medal and one SPS Ribbon.
The following members of the PAGB Group also had acceptances at the Smethwick International Salon. It is a great achievement to gain acceptances and awards in this very prestigious FIAP and PSA recognised salon.
One of the many things that go on in the background of the Club is the liaison between us and the Village Centre Management. Most of those discussions are about day-to-day matters, but there are some developments coming along that should bring very good improvements for us that I thought you might like to hear about.
The entrance doors and the lobby are to be remodelled, and the very good news on that is that the doors will soon be fully accessible by our less mobile members and be DDA compliant. You can expect that around Christmas or the New Year. We also had an issue last week with cars parked in the disabled car parking spaces – not we think by our members – but you’ll also be pleased to know that the car park is to be tarmacked and when that happens, the disabled parking bays will be repainted and there will be eye level signs added to make restrictions clearer.
The other big news is that funding has been secured to greatly improve the audio visual kit at the hall, including fixed projection screen(s). We are in discussion with the hall about the specifications for screens, and look forward to these changes which should be in the spring and will mean no more (or at least much less) carrying about of the screen for projection evenings.
And finally – putting out and stacking the chairs can be a real task, and while for the time being we are asked to stack and put chairs into the cupboard to take up the minimum room so other hall users can get access, the hall management will be looking at new mobile racked seating that will make life much easier for everyone. That’s going to take longer so your forbearance and assistance in getting everything away at the end of each evening will be appreciated.
Seating at the Assembly Room that stacks away on mobile trolleys
Our exhibition at the Novium is coming together this week – and starting to look very exciting. Some of the working group spent Monday finalising the arrangement of all the prints, and on Wednesday and Thursday of this week everything is being hung.
What a real treat – we have someone doing that for us, and it really is quite a task, so grateful thanks! There are a few pictures of work in progress below.
There is still some space for the Preview Evening next Wednesday 21st November, so if you haven’t yet replied to Laura Williams at the Novium (please see the separate post), please do so in the next day or two.
Any members who have greetings cards for sale, or even prints that are display ready and might attract sales, do please let me know as the shop is also being fitted out with a photography theme and we can have space there (at a 15% commission).
Lorna BrownA section of the installed time line wall
Prints stacked and ready to be hung The Novium’s Window promoting our ExhibitionSome on the archive prints waiting to be displayed
Members will be aware that the Club has a very special exhibition this winter working with the Novium, Chichester’s district museum in Tower Street. The exhibition marks 125 years since the beginnings of the Club with the Chichester Photographic Society and will include sections drawn from the Club’s archive of prints, work that illustrates and has been inspired by the Chichester district area and our current work.
The Novium would like to invite members to the preview evening on Wednesday 21st November – as the invitation below. Please note though that unlike the Preview for our Annual Exhibition, the space is limited and consequently the invitation is open to Club members only and is on a strictly first come first served basis. Please reply to Laura Williams at the Novium via her email as shown in the invitation.
At the end of her recent presentation Rachael Talibart promised to send us some details about the artists and photographers she found to be particularly inpsirational when developing her very distinctive photographic style. The links to the these artists are found below:
Our speaker last week, Viveca Koh mentioned in her presentation that she runs a workshop to teach the techniques she uses to produce her images. Several people from the Club expressed an interest in following this up but as yet there are insufficient numbers to make a course viable. If anyone else is interested the workshop is entitled ‘Using Layers and Textures in Photoshop Workshop’ and further details can be found on her website: vivecakohphotography.co.uk. Please contact Viveca to express an interest.
“I have spent my lifetime taking photographs. The photograph fulfils my deep need to stop things from disappearing. It makes transience less painful and retains some of the special magic, which I have looked for and found. I have tried to create order out of chaos, to find stability in flux and beauty in the most unlikely places.” Dorothy Bohm
Dorothy Bohm is one of Britain’s most celebrated street photographers. This beautiful film looks at her most important images and revisits the places that have shaped her unique view of the world. Introduced by Dorothy’s daughter, art historian Monica Bohm-Duchen.
The 45 minute showing takes place at the Pallant House Gallery on Thursday 27 Sept at 6pm. Details of ticket prices etc can be found here See also the 2 minute trailer for the film below
I’m delighted to be able to tell you that both Lynne Owen and Tony Baverstock have achieved their Associateships with the Royal Photographic Society, a real accomplishment.
They will both admit that one of the hardest parts of gaining and ARPS is that the panel – of 15 images – has to have a theme. That the highest standards of photography are required is a given, but finding and delivering a themed panel is a real challenge.
Tony had considered all sorts of projects, and then one day was just crushing a drinks bottle for the recycling when he saw how beautifully the light played on the plastic. From that, he created a superb panel of black and white abstract images, as you can see from the examples below.
Lynne too had tried out a few ideas – and you might have seen something of her eventual successful panel at North Mundham earlier this year. A truly creative idea around windows that really open to reveal the interior – and again you can see a couple of these below.
It’s congratulations to both Lynne and Tony, both awarded ARPS in the Fine Art category. One with a deceptively simple idea, that required first rate mono photography and printing skills; the other with a more complicated concept that also took some construction skills!