Club Night, " Printers Pie " by Peter Dixon - Tuesday 5th December 2017.

    

On Tuesday 5th December 2017, guest speaker Peter Dixon ARPS DPAGB APAGB gave the club a superb presentation
entitled 'Printers Pie'. Peter, a member of Whickham Photographic Club and who was a printer by trade began by saying
that he enjoyed multiple photographic genres but dear to his heart are projects, which he says encourages photography
because it challenges the photographer to focus to a specific subject.

His presentation of monochrome prints began with photographs taken at the SummerTyne Americana Festival, which
attracts both visitors and acts from across the world for a celebration of Americana music. On the theme of hands we
saw sharp detailed hands of accordionists and guitarists with the instruments and background gently out of focus to
accentuate the theme. Peter stated that some people fall into the trap of photographing the whole musician creating
a record shot but focussing on one aspect of the subject adds drama and originality.

Then on to the Asian Mela Festival, a celebration of Pakistani, Bengali and south Asian cultures, held at Exhibition Park
in Newcastle. Although it is a very colourful event, Peter chose to print in monochrome which he loves, capturing the
movement of belly dancers and musicians, clothes sellers and fine detail in the features of beautiful Asian girls. On an
RPS Documentary Group assignment on Summer shows he followed on with images of cars with gleaming reflections,
chrome detail of lights, mirrors and emblems; the agonised faces tug o’ war teams and wrestlers, show dogs, farmers
and unusual characters at the shows. Rain adds interest; Peter went on, where dripping umbrellas, shiny macs and wet
pavements, add atmosphere to the scene. In contrast we saw scenes taken in Portugal of alleyways and cobbled back
lanes cast in shadow and light and then on to one of Peters favourite locations, Beamish where we saw his expertise
in capturing detailed textures of linen, creased potato sacks, open drawers with manuscripts and old leather mining
jackets which were all captured in natural light.

Continuing with the theme on people, Great North Run spectators, bearded and tattooed characters at the Edinburgh
Fringe were included and cameo shots of the pathos on faces on the Response Statue at the Haymarket were captured
in amazing detail. On A Day in the Life project, Peter spent the day hopping on and off a bus through Newcastle where
he documented life in the city of people at bus stops, central station, the Bigg Market and of street artist and passers by.

Peter ended his presentation with an amazing array of photographs taken at London’s Brick Lane with graffiti, together
with night shots, skateboarders on the South Bank, mannequins, bric a brac shops and sympathetic photographs of the
homeless and, although fully aware of the ethics of taking photographs of those more unfortunate, his discrete approach
reflected real life in the city.

A wonderful, eclectic mix of subjects, his use of light, together with amusing anecdotes the audience were entertained
throughout the evening. Chairman Mark Harrison duly thanked Peter for such an interesting show after which a selection
of his photographs, the detail and quality of printing of which had to be seen at close quarters, were displayed for the
audience to admire over coffee.

Steph.