Club Night, Ladies Evening - Tuesday 9th January 2018.

Ladies night was the theme of Morpeth Camera Clubs meeting on Tuesday 9th January 2018. Co-ordinated by Stephanie
Robson, it was an opportunity for the female members to showcase their photography skills and the thinking behind their
work. The evening began with Sue Dawson, who has recently obtained her LRPS ( Licentiate of the Royal Photographic
Society ) distinction where she was required to submit ten prints which reflected her ability as a photographer. Sue then
stressed that first of all, this distinction was achievable but that there were stringent criteria which had to be adhered to.
Sharpness, correct exposure, appropriate processing, good colour management are a given, but burnt out whites and
solid black shadows and over saturation are unacceptable. Sue’s panel of ten photographs were projected on the screen
as they had been presented to the judges having been sympathetically placed together to make them aesthetically pleasing.
Images of evening light trails, cyclists and a waterfall demonstrated correct shutter speed and focus, an Edinburgh landscape,
a portrait of a lady, a mouse on a stalk of wheat, owls, reflections and still life which all demonstrated Sue’s ability to meet
the criteria.

           

Next to speak was Pat Wood who made the Ashington Leisure Centre the subject of her talk. Images of black and white
shutters, etched glass panels, door detail, shadows formed by bicycle stands and benches, glass reflections in the atrium,
angles and diagonals on the buildings facia and direction signs were all included in her presentation. Pat’s observant eye
brought out another element to the building with her collection of abstract, angular, sharp monochrome images.

Roseanne Robinson followed with an interesting commentary and collection of photographs taken whilst in Grand Canaria;
the hotels serenity pool and cactus filled quadrangles, footprints and joggers on Maspalomas beach and vast rolling sand
dunes rippled in evening light. Examples of Canarian architecture in old the town, street musicians and performers were
followed by Roseanne’s shots of burned bark and exploded rocks caused by forest fires. Concluding with scenes from Puerto
de Mogan with its colourful flower laden arches and alleyways and scenes of lofty volcanic craggy rocks taken when on a
guided walk up to a radar station, Roseanne captured the essence of the island and its varied landscapes.

Kate Philipson was next with a delightful Audio Visual presentation of gardens in East Ruston, Norfolk. Set to tranquil music,
we enjoyed images of exotic succulents, topiary, and array of colourful flowers such as magnificent bright orange Angels
Trumpet flowers, foxgloves and agapanthus together with sculptures, weathered wooden bridges, intricate metal water
features and ornate gates. Wild flower meadows followed which contrasted with perennial borders in a walled garden
concluding with shots of llamas, beehives and ornate log piles.

Ursula Pierce described her contribution as a work in progress with a project entitled The Four Seasons. Using old images
and Ursula’s experimentation with transitions and timing, we viewed Spring with daffodils, snowdrops, frogs and opening
buds; Summer with colourful floats and nets in yellow and orange, seasonal flowers, and the shoreline in bright sunlight;
Autumnal bronze foliage followed, with red fungi and berries and finally winter bobble hats, fairground rides, snowy
hillsides in low winter sun and frosty garden paths.

Finally, Stephanie Robson gave an insight into the history of the largest mural in Europe, The Mur des Canuts in northern
Lyon and of how, in the early 1970’s local students planned to improve a huge cement wall which was a blight on the city.
Ten of the students travelled to Mexico to learn the art of muralism and after returning to Lyon they formed a cooperative
called CiteCreation and were commissioned by the local authorities to paint the wall. An Audio Visual followed showing the
original wall and in 1987 the first version and how the mural has evolved and been updated every 10 years or so. Measuring
1200 square meters it is difficult to appreciate the work and in the av the whole mural was used as a backdrop where cameos
were brought to the fore to highlight the detail. Stephanie thanked all who took part in this varied evening after which
members viewed Sue’s panel of photographs over coffee.