Everyone considered our meeting in October to be something special: well judging by comments received and the buzz in the room, our November session was another cracker!

This newsletter can only do modest justice to the sheer enjoyment and deep interest shared during the meeting which included prints, a photo-book, AVs and two very different 'outside sources'.  Here's a very brief summary of the photography we shared:

The recent WCC photo-outing to high and windy Titterstone Clee Hill revealed perceptive seeing, where subjects included the onetime Iron-Age fort, abandoned quarry workings and the futuristic-looking radar installation. Angie Hill, Maddy Pennock and Heather Mann each contributed their visions from the visit.

Examples of street photography were contributed by Alex Isaacs, Bob Oakley and Maddy PennockPeter Young's eclectic mix maintained the objective of a focal-point of 'something blue' within the otherwise black & white images. Nigel Reader took us on an adventure into 'skiagraphy' -  the art of photographing shadows, whilst Barrie Glover swept us to Scotland for a look at some indigenous birdlife.

Stewart Bourne's 'Curiosities' illustrated the baffling objects one discovers when simply observing the world around us. A related theme was explored by Tessa Mills with her series about German signage.  A seasonal theme was contributed by Clive Haynes in his 'Falling Towards Autumn' set.  Impressionistic post minimal sculptures were rendered by John Hoath's intriguing use of multiple reflections in layers of stacked glass.  

Bob Oakley's examples of organised chaos allowed a neat segue into the amazing realm of bureaucracy in India as presented by Ole Witt, one of our two 'outside sources',

         

Ole Witt.  'Help Desk. Random Acts of Administration'  

Based upon something an acquaintance once told him - “In India, every 40 kilometres everything changes: the food, the language, the mentality. The only constant are the conditions in the governmental offices.” 

Link: 'Help Desk. Random Acts of Administration' 

Our other 'outside source' was very different photography by Eric Bourret whose images represent the experience of motion when walking through a landscape. His pictures are best viewed at a large scale.

     

Eric Bourret.  Link: 'The Walking Photographer'  

Four members presented AVs. Mark Waidson went in search of Avalon in his atmospheric and exquisitely photographed AV.  Ruth Bourne's 'Spirit of Place' represented Tewkesbury Abbey through artefacts and an interpretation of light. Paul Mann showed us around the colourfully quirky interior of The Public, a building, which only enjoyed a short life as a home for art projects in West Bromwich.  A set of pictures from the WCC outing to Diglis Island formed the basis of Barrie Glover's sequence.  Additionally, Heather Mann showed an imaginative multiple-exposure image of the splendid old crane at the same location.

Alex Isaacs new photo-book 'The Way I See Things', an eclectic series of pictures illustrating his individualistic view of the life, was on show for everyone to enjoy.

      

Clive presented his 'mini-installation' of 20 prints, each set within a shallow tray to recreate the experience of 'Subterranean Bath'. These photos showed the small courtyards at basement level and the variety of uses they are put to in this fine Georgian city.

   

Tessa contributed an insightful quote from Max Pinckers in which he wrote

'Maybe we should start looking at images not as representations of reality but as little arguments.   Every image is a small argument, made by someone, that poses a question - rather than tries to prove something'.

 

Above: Tessa reviews a set of prints by Judy Knights in a short advice session.

November CPG Gallery:  To view an image click on it, then use the (forward) > and (reverse) < arrows to shuttle through, or your keyboard '<' '>' arrow keys.