Our first meeting of the season was very successful mainly because of the very encouraging number of new members who signed up to join us. Jane Coward nearly wore her pen out writing receipts. We have sadly lost two members to our friends at Steyning. Tim and Clive both felt that they would get more of what they want for their photography at Steyning which is a bigger club and offers more workshops and speakers. Both of them had committee jobs at Storrington and we are very grateful for all the work that they did for us.
Once the 'initial flurry' of 'signings up' had died down, Chairman Di Walker greeted everyone, especially all of the new members. She then went on to demonstrate simple mounting of a print to a 50cm x 40cm board, which is the size that all pictures which are entered into our print competitions this year must be. She also told us of attempts to negotiate a deal with SeaWhites of Partridge Green, who supply mount board, cut to size if requested. However we would not be able to order enough between us to qualify for a discount.
Saturday dawned quite brightly but by lunch time dark and threatening clouds were very much in evidence and the Chairman person was visibly twitching in case she had to dash out and bring all the seat cushions indoors.
Di Walker had generously allowed the club to hold our annual Barbeque at her home again (for which we all thank her) which is blessed with a very ample terrace and is just the right size for the event. Just over twenty members including wives attended. People were saying 'where is so and so' but at this time of year a lot of folk are on holiday or have family commitments, and this number was just comfortable.
Martin obtained the meat products from his special supplier and Di made an early morning trip to Waitrose to get the wine, soft drinks, nibbles, sauces and other necessary bits and pieces. Paul arrived with some tables chairs and cushions and a willing pair of hands to help 'set up'. Also Di's neighbours Bob and Judy arrived to help and lent us chairs and cushions.
Walter Benzie, having giving a talk earlier in the season,
came back to adjudicate the 'Best of the Year' for both Prints and PI's, with
Martin taking the Print title and Paul taking PI.
At his suggestion we allowed Walter to allocate 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Highly Commended in this competition, rather than our
normal method of allocating points, feeling that it was right in this contest as
there is no league positions to be contested.
The third and final PI competition of the season was judged
by John Lynch. This was the first time John had judged one of our competition
and it was fascinating to see another style of judging.
With 73 images to adjudicate, John decided that he would
like a run through of only the images that would be judged before the tea
interval and then a run through of those being judged after the break. I am not
convinced by this approach as it is not possible to obtain an overall feel for
the standard of competition, disadvantaging images in either half depending on
their peers. This is the first time I have encountered this approach. In the
past Judges has asked for another complete run through after the interval to
refresh their memory.
The Chichester Camera Club Annual Exhibition for 2011 will be held in
the Assembly Rooms, North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LQ from
Saturday, 13th - Saturday, 20th August (closed Sunday 14th).
Opening times are 10am - 5pm and entry is free. Members will be on
hand to chat about the Club and what it does.
For some time(years), I have been suggesting to successive
fixture secretaries that I have a friend in Arundel who is a Theatre
photographer who had said to me that he would come to camera club and give a
talk on his work. This always fell on deaf ears.
However, we had a spare slot and Chairperson Di said “what
about your friend Mike Eddowes filling the void?” And so I arranged it.
But sadly on the night ‘Sod’s Law’ was operating at full
tempo starting with the non arrival of the projector. But in true showbiz
fashion i.e. ‘the show must go on’, Mike
started off (without his pictures)
telling us all about his life as the son of an actress, and how actors and
actresses had always been around at his home. So when he started out in the world
to earn his living, he headed for drama school. Dennis Waterman was one of his
contemporaries there; but sadly Mike had not got the same ‘in-built’ talent and
he was politely told it would be better to find a different career!.
We held our judged by the members panels evening again this year. We don't get a judge in, everyone present is given a peice of paper and required to score each panel as it is shown.
Putting a panel together isn't about picking your three best images and presenting them all at once, it is about finding three images which work well together. That might mean similar shapes or colours or some other unifying theme.
Having to judge also teaches our membership how hard it is to put a mark to a picture, thus taking the edge off their wrath when a visiting judge doesn't deliver the marks they expect for their work.
We had plenty of entrants, which was very encouraging. I didn't think that some of them made great panels though. However, the collective judgment of the members was that mine deserved third place, Clive Trusler second and Derek Grieve first place.
My set was three photos taken on an afternoon walk on a sunny day in the lake district. I chose them because they had a common colour pallette and location.
Clive presented us with three pictures of the Namib desert. They made a great panel as they were quality pictures with a unifyiny theme.
Derek took first place with an excellent selection of three pictures taken on a visit to Venice.
This was our first photographic show for the general public (in
my time in the club, and not including county competitions) but as we had
recently hosted a couple of these, we were well versed in how to set things up.
The event was at Pulborough Village Hall.
However, what gave us concern was whether we would be able
to attract enough people to make the whole exercise work for us as a fund
Another of the club’s old friends, Walter Benzie ARPS came
to give us a talk on how and why he went about getting his Royal Photographic
Society distinctions. Walter is a member of Guildford Camera Club and said he
very much likes coming to SCC as we were the
first club at which he judged a competition, we in turn like him coming to
either judge or talk as he has such a relaxed, honest and straight up way of
talking, which is also very amusing and downright funny. He is also very modest
as he is not only the Treasurer for the RPS but is a trustee and is on their
Council, facts which slipped out during the evening.
Would you like to know more? Take a look at our current programme to see what we get up to then either fill in our contact form, call our chairman Chris West on 01903 744571 or come along to our next camera club meeting.
4 Sep 2014: Welcome and Subscriptions
Chairman's Welcome and collection of subscriptions