Please note Worcestershire Camera Club special interest groups (Digital Photography, Contemporary, Audio Visual, and Photography Development) are currently running online via Zoom.  Members signed up for notifications from the groups will receive emails with details of the meetings. 

Our well attended and lively February meeting proved to have many highlights.

Whilst aspects of the coronavirus pandemic ‘lockdown’ continued to feature strongly in the work by Geoff Hicks and Peter Young, other members explored a variety of subjects and expression.  David Hall’s set of people pictures from Myanmar were splendid and particularly apposite following the military coup in that country this week.  Stewart Bourne also featured observational portraits which, as Stewart described, possess the elusive quality of ‘otherness’. 

Weather conditions featured, especially in Eric Williams’ chilly series showing hoar frost.  In contrast, Judy Knights transported us to hot summer days in fragrant, busy, ‘confetti fields’; whilst Clive Haynes reminded us of how things used to be when, without care, we could gather together on a summer weekend to enjoy the Upton Blues Festival. 

Aspects of buildings featured in two sets: Bob Oakley’s ‘Monuments to Commerce’ illustrated what had become of onetime stolid landmark London bank-buildings, since repurposed as restaurants, bars or boutique hotels.  In contrast, Nigel Reader’s ‘Abandoned’, concentrated largely on windows to reveal how buildings quickly become degraded and overtaken by nature. Two sets were connected to ‘the sea’: Bob Train spent several days as a ‘supernumerary’ aboard container ship where he used his powers of observation to introduce us to a floating world where strict control is an everyday necessity.  Maddy Pennock’s ‘sea connection’ explored the graceful shapes, lines and forms of fishing nets. 

Using both form and line, Richard Sarginson revealed how attractive and endlessly fascinating the world of fractals can be, whilst in simpler dimensions, Anne Burrows showed how the everyday phenomenon of refracted light from a window can produce beautiful patterns.  You just need eyes to see and be ready to respond.  Charles Ashton whisked us into the sky with his set of imaginative drone photos which concentrated upon shapes and patterns of land, river, wetlands and sources of alternative energy.

This month’s Issuu e-book contains the full set of members’ work for you to enjoy.  Here’s the link:  Viewpoint February 2021

The book is best viewed as 'Full Screen' - Click on the small square, bottom right of the Issuu page.

Our session format was slightly different this time as four CPG members were invited to take the lead with comments and interpretations with two groups of images each.  This was very successful, and we thank Maddy Pennock, Gill Haynes, Bob Oakley and Nigel Reader for their valuable insights. 

The two ‘outside sources’ featured this month had contrasting themes.  Frances F Denny’s ‘Portraits of Witches in America’ showed women who identify themselves as witches - and there are many varieties of them - in everyday settings.  And something very different, Mark Phillips’ documentary FRPS panel, eloquently compared sporting activities of youths in Cuba with their counterparts in New York.  Circumstances are different but the cohesion of the set was maintained by the similarities of activity and concentration. The juxtapositions, quirky angles and photo-opportunism are a delight.

Here are the links for you to explore.

Frances F. Denny: Witches in America

Mark Phillips