RCPS Press Report 1st September 2016

Just two more sleeps before the big day, our Annual Photographic Exhibition that takes place on Saturday, (3rd September in case you had forgotten). Friday night is set up night when we hope as many members as possible will come to Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, opposite the bus station, to help set up display boards and position pictures ready for the opening on Saturday. This year we shall have some brand new display boards of our own so there will, thankfully, be no more heaving around heavy boards that we have borrowed in the past. There promises to be a variety of prints and digital images, taken by members either locally or around the world. None of the exhibits have been seen in any of our previous exhibitions so it will be totally fresh, even to our regular visitors. As usual we shall have refreshments on sale and every visitor has the chance to complete a voting form to choose their favourite three prints or digital images (or a combination), the form being put into a draw from which there will be one lucky winner announced at our first Society meeting at the end of September. We are delighted that the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Adrian Morgan, will officially open the event at 10am, 30 minutes after the doors open. Each year for the past four years we have increased attendances year on year and so we are again hoping to attract a bumper crowd. It’s free entry between 9.30am and 4pm (it’s closed before and after!), and the venue is accessible to all, plus there should be plenty of parking available nearby. We will have plenty of people on hand to answer questions about RCPS – what we do, when we meet, how much is it etc. If you are new to photography don’t please be put off by what you see in the exhibition! Remarkably, sometimes people are! They come intending to think about joining, see the work on display and then feel they are nowhere near good enough – well, that’s just not true because all RCPS members probably felt like that at some time, but by joining in, looking, listening, learning and trying out small steps, people have improved their ability and increased their confidence to be able to produce the images that receive such acclaim. We are a friendly bunch, at least we try to be, and welcome anyone of any photographic ability so don’t be shy, come along, have a look and have a chat. Tell us what you like and indeed, anything you don’t!