RCPS Press Report 7th January 2016

A very Happy New Year to all our readers as we move into the second half of our season. I’m delighted to have discovered that there are more readers of these weekly reports than just RCPS members. Several people, (a number of whom came to the Annual Exhibition), have mentioned how these reports have re-energised their interest in photography even if they have not yet got as far as joining the Society. Hopefully some of these good people will make it a New Year’s resolution to rectify that omission in 2016. We certainly have a lot to offer in the next three months, what with five speakers covering four events, four competitions, a Studio Portrait evening, Members’ Lecturettes and an option to visit Easingwold for another Digital Photography Battle before our Annual Dinner and Awards night. On Saturday, February 27th we are holding a public event when internationally acknowledged cameraman and photographer, Mike Pitts, presents ‘In at the Deep End: Capturing Detail and Drama Underwater’. Mike has won Emmy awards, particularly for filming some of the most memorable David Attenborough programmes. It promises to be a great afternoon at Ripon Grammar School with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £7 for Under 16’s – more details later and on our web-site.
As notified earlier, there is a change to the advertised programme, (Image Editing Workshop), on 11th January, when Kathryn Widdowson, who regrettably had to withdraw at short notice from speaking to us in October because of illness, will be present. Kathryn’s talk is entitled Capture That Special Moment, because Kathryn, now a professional photographer, loves capturing a special moment, a story, a mood, a detail and any precious times. For almost two decades, Kathryn enjoyed a marketing role in tourism, hospitality and the arts. She commanded high profile roles as the Marketing Director at Eureka!, the National Museum for Children in Halifax, a spell as Marketing Manager at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford and later the Communications Director of the National Media Museum also in Bradford. Working in such environments led Kathryn to have close contact with all manner of creative people, artists, photographers, writers, producers and directors. Along the way she picked up her Grandfather’s vintage 35mm camera, an artifact her mum had kept. Kathryn explained her Grandfather had been a keen amateur photographer and had used to print his own black and white pictures. Using his old camera, Kathryn started to learn the rudiments of photography and now, following years of hard work, persistence and practice she is proud to call herself a professional photographer.
On 18th January, Elaine Ligo will be judging our popular Landscape competition and the week after Giles Rochell will be our guest, speaking about Photography for News. Given the number of mobile ‘phones with cameras that are in circulation it does mean that potential news photographers abound! On the same night as Giles visits, entries have to be in for the Sport and Photojournalism competition.