RCPS Press Report 5th Jan 2017

It’s amazing how quickly time seems to pass by. We finished off last season with a friendly match between male and female photographers before enjoying our usual DIY bun fight. Once again, the lads put in a super effort to finish first runner-up by 347 points to the girls 354. Thanks are due to Richard Egan for being our judge and making some outrageous comments as well as plainly rigging the photographic knowledge quiz, sorry heavily weighting it, in favour of the women who also sneaked to pole position by 14 points to 9. Seriously, as ever Richard, made it a great, fun evening, donated his fee to Cancer Research and ensured his return on another occasion, so many thanks to him and his support team on the night and, of course, thanks to all members who donated food, thus making the buffet very desirable!

Over the Christmas period, Stuart and David U met with international photographer, Steve Gosling, who is going to be our guest speaker on Saturday 25th February, 2017 for an afternoon public talk. We checked out the venue, Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall and made sure all the equipment sang in harmony, so to speak! We hope this is going to raise some funds for the Society and details of the content of the event, ticket sales etc will be shortly forthcoming.

It’s now time to look forward to our next half of our season that starts on Monday 9th January with the judging of our British Natural History competition. The week after it’s time for lecturettes from members, so if you fancy giving a talk for a few minutes about some of your pictures please get prepared. It’s been the making of many people before – we learn a lot about people’s interests and skills and these nights have proved very popular in the past. We particularly welcome inputs from our newer members because there is no nasty judge’s comments just great support from piers, (sic) sorry Morgan’s not with us, I mean, peers of course! The 16th January is also the closing date for our competition, Motion, so get a move on (get it?) and get your entries in. The judging for this is the last Monday of the month. Later on we have Richard Spurdens talking about Landscape to Studio and a few bits in between; Charlotte Gale speaking on Photography for profit and for good; Christine Whitehead taking us Near and Far as will, no doubt, Richard and Norma Littlefair, with a Travelogue featuring some of the exotic locations they have visited in recent years. We also have a Monochrome competition, a three-way match with Wensleydale and Easingwold, the President’s Cup to play for and our Annual General Meeting and later, our Awards Dinner. Plenty, then to keep everyone interested and occupied! (And that’s without mention of the Yorkshire Photographic Union and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, about which more will be heard in the future).

Again I am indebted to member, Michael Bell, for providing information about a location that some photographers might like. Michael recently visited 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, formerly the home of Elizabeth Gaskell, well known novelist and biographer of her friend Charlotte Bronte who visited three times as a house guest. Michael says that, “After extensive renovation, the house is now open to the public.” (See website, www.elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk). “I recommend a visit to experience its interest, warm and evocative ambience, living rooms completely restored to their mid nineteenth century condition, the welcome by enthusiastic volunteers and an exhibition. In the basement cafe there are books and gifts for sale.  The house isn’t large and visiting it is a very pleasant and stimulating way of spending a couple of hours or so in a morning or afternoon… more so if in addition, like me, you’re a bit of a Bronte nut!” To prove the point Michael sent me a number of images he was able to take. If you want to see them they are on our Face book page.