The Chesham Photographic Club will be retiring their old website (www.cheshamphotoclub.com) at the end of the current season and the replacement (www.cheshamphotoclub.com) will replace it for the 2019-2020 season
This week CPC played host to Photographer Vanda Ralevska for the first time following a very well received presentation she had given at the Royal Photographic Society last year, many good things had been heard of this lady since then and it is fair to say that she did not disappoint.
We learnt about her journey from her humble beginnings in a mining town in the Czech Republic through to her first trip to the UK, her eventual settling here in England, the struggle and failure to make it as a professional photographer and the peace that she finally found in realising that it’s not the goal that’s important but the journey that takes you there. Through her natural, warm and engaging presentation her passion for photography was infectious and it is clear to see why the images she produces are so good.
Vanda is also a member of the Arena Photographers.
To see examples of Vanda’s work visit her website or the Arena Photographers site:
On Tuesday 4th December we welcomed Peter Greenway to CPC for the first time with his talk ‘The Challenges of Photographing on behalf of the National Trust’.
It proved an entertaining and enlightening talk which to Peter’s own admission was meant to be tongue in cheek and it was certainly that. In the modern PC age where health & safety and Privacy laws now abound the National Trust is far from being exempt, if anything they have to potentially do more to protect themselves from harm with rules, regulations, disclaimers, release forms and a list of do’s and don’t which have to be abided by along with an extensive brief on the assignment in hand it’s a wonder any images are taken at all let alone accepted by the Trust for inclusion in promotional material both written and electronic.
However, despite the huge and obvious challenges it is clear why Peter dedicates his spare time to this activity which he does solely on a voluntary basis, and in his own words it the “Opportunity to give something back to an organisation that has given me so much” having been first introduced to the Trust as a child when taken to properties by his parents his love of the historical and the quirky has intensified over the last 35 years that he has been a member.
It was most certainly an illuminative evening and I for one shall never look at the National Trust handbook or pamphlets in quite the same way again now that I know how much work and effort goes into producing them.
We had an interesting and informative evening with Colin Harrison who
gave us a mixture of his image portfolio that had accumulated over many
years. Starting with classic camera club style images, Colin moved into
composite images, (‘altered reality’), and then into adding textures,
and spatter to achieve grunge effects. Often starting with images taken
at events, elements of his images were then heavily modified to produce
‘creative’ images. Colin explained that his images do not often fare
well in club competitions, but are appreciated much more at
international level and account for the numerous award and distinction
letters attached to his name. To Colin, this gave him much more pleasure
than entering club competitions where he was very critical of judges.
The CACC came in for particular criticism, but were gallantly defended
by Chris Sargent.
In order to make your own mind up visit Colin’s website at: http://www.colinharrisonphotography.uk
Below are some links to items/events mentioned in his talk:
Another photographer Tracey Willis recently gave a talk to the RPS on a similar subject, these images are less ‘challenging’ than many of Colin’s, and worth a look as a comparison.
Last night we were treated to a talk by Cliff Hide entitled ‘Stories behind the Pictures’. He talked about his 8-year career as a Photojournalist and how it started with hearing a report about the 7/7 bombings in London and rather than staying at home and listening to the reports on the radio and TV like everyone else he grabbed his camera, got on a train to London and documented it.
In those 8 years he has covered some macabre scenes for various news outlets such as the Metro, the Sun, the Times and Oxford Mail which have included murders, bomb scares, suicide attempts (and successes), he was also involved in the lockdown subsequent to the London Bridge attacks and in the thick of it during protests and riots as well as playing host Photographer at Royal events, getting up close and personal at zoo’s and book signings and he shared with us some of his favourite images which literally came about from bumping into people on the street.
It was enlightening to learn what it is like being on the ground when it happens and being ‘in the moment’ compared to what we as the general public are fed by the media and security services.
Cliff’s talk was delivered with passion, knowledge, humour and occasionally personal opinion and I hope that he will make a return to CPC very soon.
On Saturday 28th October Chesham Photographic Club held its 54th Annual Exhibition at Chesham Town Hall.
Visitors were treated not only to the fantastic usual array of the members images and the delicious home-made cakes on offer but were also enthralled by the winners of the club’s inaugural Phonepix Competition, which was launched in the Summer and aimed at young people aged 18 and under with the only rules being that the images had to be taken on a mobile phone and had to be ‘creative’. Yet again the judging team at the club Julia Bradbury, John Cox and Andy Bristow were blown away by the standard of the 145 images which were submitted and had a very hard task of whittling these down to the final 10.
The winners were awarded their prizes by Chesham Town Mayor Jane MacBean who was delighted that young people were using their phones for creative means and very much enjoyed chatting to the winners and their proud families.
The final winning images were:
U13 age group
1st – ‘Lost in thought’ by Amira Shoba
2nd – ‘When the Sky becomes Sea ‘ by Keira Dunsmore
3rd – ‘Encounter’ by Spike Poyton
Highly Commended – ‘Orange Rose’ by Asha Gadhia
Highly Commended – ‘Birds eye view of my Guitar’ by Suzy MacAlister
14-18 age group
1st – ‘Pyramid Lake’ by George Long
2nd – ‘Natural Beauty’ by Sophie Page
3rd – ‘Distorted Glasses’ by Katie Tomlins
Highly Commended – ‘Agape’ by Sorenna Cadorna
Highly Commended – ‘Mannequin’ by Summer Ludlow
The ever-popular public vote was also back where visitors got to vote for their favourite image in the exhibition and with a total of 226 votes cast this year the top three votes went to the same author – John Cox, for his images entitled ‘Fork Handles’, ‘Mr Angry’ and ‘The Chase is on’ respectively. The winning Digital Image sequence was won by David Cowan for his sequence entitled ‘Blossoms’.
Club Chairman Tanya Barrett was very pleased with this year’s event and people’s response to it, “My committee and I put in many man hours planning, prepping and executing this event every year and it’s nice to receive good positive feedback especially when this is on a very public forum such as Facebook. We’ve put a lot of effort into maximising our use of Social Media over the past year and I’m pleased to say it’s finally paying off. We should also offer a huge thanks to those local venues, businesses and the local council who support us by putting up our posters and helping us promote events such as this and I should also say one final thank you to Michael Clark and his team at Clarks of Amersham who for many years now have supplied us with a van and driver to assist us with moving our equipment from our home at the White Hill Centre to the Town Hall and back again – without them this event simply would not happen”.
Tanya and her team will shortly be starting to plan next year’s event but if you would like to see if a camera club is for you, you can pop along to the White Hill Centre any Tuesday evening 8-10pm to meet the members and see what the club is all about, they have also opened up all of this season’s speaker events so if there is something which you may find of interest please see their Facebook page for further details. If you would like further information on the club or its activities, please e-mail memsec@cheshamphotoclub or visit their website at www.cheshamphotoclub.co.uk or Facebook.com/cheshamphotographicclub.
Under 13 winning entries
After a ten year hiatus my Husband and I decided to return to our favourite little bit of North Cornwall, known to many as Port Wenn the home of grumpy Doc Martin but to others simply Port Isaac, a sleepy little fishing village where the catch of the day can be purchased after 9.30 am from the local fisherman, the only things to do are to buy souvenirs from the local shops, while away many hours in the village pub and the now plentiful good restaurants, the latest addition of which is ‘celebrity chef’ Nathan Outlaw.
Within hours of our arrival on returning from a wander around the village to see what if anything had changed in the last 10 years a famous face (Daniel Mays, Line of Duty, Dad’s Army, Mrs Biggs) walked past our holiday let and up around the corner, feeling quite excited by the prospect of having a well-known actor sharing our sleepy little holiday destination we went in and readied ourselves for dinner at the local pub – literally 10 paces from our front door.
On completing our meal at the Golden Lion or to Doc Martin fans the Crab & Lobster the pub door opens and another famous face enters (none other than one of my favourites David Hayman, Taboo, The Paradise, Trial & Retribution) – sensing something is now afoot and the highly unlikely event that two high calibre tv actors are in the same small village at the same time seemed beyond coincidence and so the questioning of the bar staff who came to clear our plates began. We had of course assumed that another series of Doc Martin was about to commence but we were told that they were in fact making a feature film about the Fisherman’s Friends, local boys made good when they signed a record contract in 2010 and were first spotted singing their sea shanties down on the Platt in the village (where Hubby and I saw them in 2008) and on selected dates during the summer months they still do – if you get the chance to see them you really should.
Later that evening another favourite of mine arrived – James Purefoy (Rome, Episodes, Altered Carbon), so landing in the middle of a film set really made my holiday even if they did close the pub for 3 days to film but it was worth it for the many photo opportunities it presented and to see how life really is on a film set, whilst loitering with my camera one day we got talking to one of the production crew who asked where we were from – it turns out one of the production runners lived in Chesham!
When I was not stalking my favourite actors, we revisited some places which we had not had the opportunity to in 2008 and traversed our way through the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey and re-paid a visit to the Eden Project too which is always a good day out.
The day before we returned home the film crew were down at the Platt filming some of the last scenes which involved a stunt which they had been setting up all day, as you can imagine it drew crowds of tourists who looked on and wondered what on earth was going on. The final scenes were being shot by drone (exceedingly noisy bits of kit) and everyone was asked to clear the area unless they didn’t mind being potentially in the final cut and so when the film comes out possibly in December – look towards the back of the crowd you may just see someone familiar.