Club Night, A Photographic Journey - Tuesday 5th September 2017.

On the first evening of the new season Morpeth Camera club were treated to a talk and projected presentation
entitled A Photographic Journey, by Jed Wee, ARPS. A much respected photographer with a Masters degree in
the Photographic Image, Jed spent 10 years as a working photojournalist and has been published in the UK and
as far afield as New Zealand and China. A member of Durham Photographic Society, Jed has also conducted
workshops and talks for various organisations and held solo exhibitions in Singapore and the UK. His photographic
articles and equipment reviews are highly regarded, and he is a regular judge and lecturer in the Northern Counties
Photographic Federation.

  

The evening commenced with photographs taken in Sicily where the volcano, Mount Etna, is part of normal life,
here farming and agriculture depend on its eruptions which produce fertile soil for growing olives, oranges, prickly
pears, almonds and lemons. Photographs of villages nestling in hilly enclaves glowing in the sunset, townscapes of
colourful stacked houses, dramatic panoramic shots of the Taormina Amphitheatre, abandoned outbuildings on the
slopes of Mount Etna and the water eroded hills of the Calanchi badlands. Dramatic shots of the volcano, with
billowing clouds and red steam creating a golden glow over the townships with a backdrop of starry skies, orange
lava flow with steam and sparks followed with anecdotes of his trip including facts about flow rate, and his photo
techniques.

Then on to Morocco, with scenes of Marrakesh with its bustling spice market and stories of the production line of
pushy locals and guides vying for business. Images of busy tannery workers contrasted with calming abstract images
of shadows on old clay brick buildings. A welcome escape into the interior with the help of an excellent guide and a
4 x 4, Jed took images of goat herders in the desert, 200 meter high sand dunes at sunset forming wonderful curves
and shapes in the evening glow and palm trees silhouetted firstly by the sunset and then by the spectacle of the Milky
Way.

His journey continued to New Zealand where he visited the Remarkables with their triangular peaks and vertiginous
rock faces, to the dramatic waterfalls of Doubtful Sound, vineyards and rolling hills bathed in evening light, forest
patterns taken in infra red and landscapes of autumnal oranges contrasting with turquoise coloured glacial lakes.
Unbelievably beautiful images were projected of the Milford Sound waterfalls, which Jed explained were far more
dramatic after rain which is not rare in New Zealand where they measure rainfall in meters. Together with rainbows
and wind-created mist patterns Jeds images perfectly captured the beauty of the country.

Jed’s then took the audience to Iceland, he explained that although it was very stark there was plenty to explore
off the beaten track. With its challenging lava fields, geysers and ice lagoons this area was used to prepare for the
moon landings. Stark images taken on the Snaefellsnes Peninsular, snowy ridges caught in evening light on the
strangely shaped Anastape Mountains, and steamy hot springs in the snow where the steam freezes, provided the
audience with a new perspective of Iceland, thought by many to be a flat wilderness. Charming images of horses
gave scale and context to the massive landscape together with beautiful shots of icicles, giant crystalline ice blocks
washed up on black volcanic beaches, rainbows, water tumbling through crevasses and the stunning Bruarfoss
waterfalls followed. Brilliant images of the Aurora Borealis followed with questions answered regarding shutter
speeds and ISO settings.

Next came Norway, which is Jed’s ‘current passion’ as the country has plenty of trees and interesting foregrounds
to work with. On the Lofoten islands we enjoyed images of dramatic mist swirling though the fiords, stormy horizons
in late evening light producing a soft orange glow. Red roofed churches and farmhouses miniaturised by the mountains,
bronzed autumnal foliage reflected in shallow still water, colourful boathouses and flickering aurora through the stars.

To end the show Jed entertained the audience with two short audio visual presentations using time lapse photography.
He stated that it was not unusual to take 3000 photographs which would only cover three minutes of play time. The
first was entitled ‘Land of my Birth, Singapore’ a city in motion, pedestrians on walkways, clouds and river craft shooting
past at high speed, twelve lane motorway traffic leaving light trails, demonstrating the fast lifestyle of this vibrant city.
The second av evoked the calmer atmosphere of the north east, with tides ebbing and flowing, moorland daisies
fluttering as the sun set and low mist sweeping through the Lakeland fells.

Jed had explained that he enjoyed alternative travel photography rather than the standard exotic variety and the
audience were certainly presented with a feast of inspiring images. He was duly thanked by Mark Harrison, our new
chairman. Coffee and much discussion concluded a brilliant opening night of the season.

Stephanie.