Thursday 6th April

It was a sad start to our meeting last night to hear of the death of Jeanne Bevis, our long-time President, which is reported more fully on a separate post.  

The evening that followed was a highly enjoyable look at the art of panelling for Royal Photographic Society distinctions, and was led by our very own Graham Sergeant who runs our RPS Special Interest Group. Graham was aided and abetted by his fellow Fellows, Janey Devine, John Bradshaw and Iain McGowan, who also support the RPS group.

The evening started with a look a recent successful Licentiate RPS panels from Lynne and Jeff Owen, and then Geoff Lambert, Chair of Horndean Camera Club and regular at the RPS Group, showed the panel he is working on – we wish him every success!  Guy Partington bravely showed his work in progress, very helpfully demonstrating the process of putting panels together.

After the break we moved on to Associate panels, and were very pleased to have Phil Shaw (who is currently on our waiting list) with us.  Phil has his Fellowship with the RPS and showed his magnificent nature ARPS panel of big cats.  Jill Stanley, who now supports our RPS Group, showed her very different and wonderfully striking panel of glass sculpture details which you might have seen featured in the RPS Digital Magazine last year.  I was very pleased to be asked to show my own recently successful flower print panel which I had been delighted to have retained by the RPS.  It was illuminating to see three such different panels which yet met the requirements of the RPS in constructing these collections of images, as it was to hear about the ‘statement of intent’ that is required at Associate and Fellowship levels.  The importance of these statements was very clear with  the mono  panel Tony Cortazzi is developing illustrating the way women have become directly involved in the steam traction engine world, as the message of the images is equally important to the photographic quality. Again – very good wishes for success! 

We hope the evening will have encouraged others to embark on the distinctions route – the RPS Group meets on the third Tuesday  of each month, the next meeting being on the 25th April at 7.30pm in the small hall.  Do just come along and find out more!

Through an epic piece of bad planning for which I take full responsibility, our Vice Chair Mike Hancock is currently away (his other passion – golf!) and I am soon off to the Hebrides for a couple of weeks.  In our absence our thanks go to John Bradshaw who will host next week’s third and final Club and Intermediate Print Competitions, and to Glyn Edmunds who will host the Bristol Salon evening on the 20th April.  Mike will be back for the AV evening on the 27th April with Carole Speight and Graham Sergeant.

Graham Sergeant & Lorna Brown

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