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pagb group meeting monday 3RD FEBRUARY

The meeting will take place at the small hall in the Tangmere Village Centre. We will meet at 6.45 pm for a prompt 7.00 pm start. Please come at 6.45 to help set the room up. The cost is £3 for club members and £4 for non-members.

Members are encouraged to bring along prints and/or digital images for in-depth constructive critique. We look forward to seeing you and your images.

Don’t forget that The Southampton International Exhibition of Photography  closes on 9th February. Glyn Edmunds has kindly offered to deliver your prints. He will be at the meeting on Monday evening so you may give him your prints then. 

The image featured above is Ever Decreasing Circles © Brian Muir

Walter Benzie HonFRPS

 
It is with great sadness that we learned that past President of the RPS, Walter Benzie, had lost his long battle with cancer. 
 
Glyn Edmunds remembers Walter, noting that a bright light has dimmed. 
 
“He was a very perceptive and popular judge who had visited the club on several occasions. Not that many years ago he was our Guest of Honour at the Saturday Dinner at North Mundham. I recall his comment about trying to improve the RPS, ‘there’s lots of blood on the floor, mostly mine!’ 
 
At two of our recent Annual Exhibitions in the Assembly Room, he came along to say a few words, open the exhibition and present the prizes. Being so local he was very happy to stand in for our Exhibition Selector who lived too far away to attend the Opening. 
 
He was an accountant by profession. Just when he was thinking about cutting back his partner, with whom he set up the practice, died suddenly in his fifties. 
 
Walter passed away quietly in a local nursing home. 
 
His cheerful persona and ready smile will be greatly missed from Tangmere. 
 
There are no details yet of the funeral arrangements.”
 
 
Walter Benzie  was our guest of honour at the Annual Exhibition in 2017 while he was President of the RPS 

RPS Group 21st January

Club members have been doing really well on the RPS front this season with Jeff Owen’s successful A panel and Frank Adams’s Fellowship, and there are L panels in the pipeline too.

If you would like to find out more about the distinctions awarded by the Royal Photographic Society and how to go about developing a portfolio of work for submission, join us at the RPS Group on Tuesday 21st January. You don’t need to bring work along at first, you’l be very welcome to come along just to see if this might be for you.

We meet in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre at 7.15 for 7.30pm start. £3 for Club members and £4 for visitors.

The features image is one of Frank Adams recent FRPS panel which are gold leaf backed on a vellum print.

  

Print group Tuesday 14th January

The Print Group meets again on Tuesday 14th January with our usual mix of work at all stages of development to share and discuss and consider how to get the best out of our prints.

The group includes photographers across all levels of experience and is an ideal introduction to understanding photographic critique, sharing tips and techniques and looking for advice.

You don’t even have to bring work along until you are ready to. Prints don’t need to be mounted, but do attach them to some card just to keep them in place on the stands. 

Join us at 7.15 for a 7.30 start in the small hall at Tangmere.  

The featured image is White Tree at Crummock by Andy Bracey 

Oving Traffic Lights Petition

Some members will be aware of plans to close the Oving Traffic lights as part of the large developments at Shopwyke which will affect many Camera Club members as they travel to and from the Club.

The Tangmere News includes this and members might wish to follow up to lodge any objections you might have: –

Objections for the official TRO for the closure of the lights closed in November but because there were enough objections were received the matter will be kept open for a little while longer.

Within this window, the organisers of the petition are trying to get as many signatures in order to put pressure on their MP to raise the issue again with the Secretary of State for Transport. It’s hoped that they have until January to do so. With over 1,700 signatures so far, they are well on the way to getting at least 2,500. it’s been featured on Chi Observer Facebook page and it can be found at www.change.org and search Oving lights, or find the link to the petition at www.facebook.com/savetheovinglights

 

 

RPS Successes

There is excellent news on the Royal Photographic Society front with Jeff Owen achieving his associateship.  Jeff was awarded his ARPS with his intriguing panel “Bark Beetle Tracks” .

This prestigious RPS award requires applicants to submit 15 related images that sit harmoniously together and meet the aims set out in a statement of intent.  Jeff’s panel was created from macro images of the tracks made by bark beetle larva feeding on the trees. In the trails the larva left behind Jeff saw, patterns that ‘reminded me of ancient art, Nazca lines in the Peru desert, cave paintings, hieroglyphs and aboriginal art. In some I could see strange figures locked together.’ 

Jeff processed the images to bring out his interpretation but notes that we each see something different and asks what do you see?
One of Jeff Owen’s successful ARPS panel images

Another recent RPS success was for Jonathan Fiske who entered the monthly competition for the first time and was short listed. To make the final 20 out of 738 entries is a very good result, and especially pleasing for a first attempt.

Jonathan Fiske’s image that was short listed in the October RPS monthly competition

Many congratulations to both Jeff and Jonathan.

 

RPS Group 19th November

The November meeting of the RPS group will be on Tuesday 19th, as usual in the small hall at Tangmere Village centre with a 7.15 for 7.30pm start. 

The group meets to support both Club members and visitors who are interested in pursuing the accreditations offered by the Royal Photograph Society at Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship levels. 

This supportive group has helped many over the years to attain these highly regarded accreditations so do come along to find out more.  There’s no need to bring work to begin with – you’ll be very welcome just to join us to see if this might be something you’d like to follow.

The cost per session is £3 for Club Members and £4 for visitors.

 The featured image is Home from the Market by Sarah Nichol and was one of the images in her recent successful LRPS submission

Print group – 12th November

We had another very lively Print Group meeting in October and it is especially encouraging that so many of our newer members are coming along and starting to share their work.

Our discussions turned to the use of good quality printing paper and with this in mind our November meeting will look in particular at the ranges of papers, the pros and cons of lustre, glossy and matt, matching images to paper types and some of the different manufacturers.

If you’d like to just come along and find out more, it isn’t obligatory to bring images, but if you would like to, do  bring your images, work in progress or finished work as always. And if you use different types of paper you’d like to show, that would be particularly helpful, but not necessary – any photographs you’d like to share, discuss and get advice on will be welcome.

Lorna Brown

The featured image is Nest by Lorna Brown and is printed on a matt paper