RCPS Press Report 16th Feb 2017

Charlotte Gale, a Knaresborough-based professional photographer visited the Society, speaking about ‘Photography for profit and for good.’ Charlotte showed examples of her work and gave us an insight into a ‘Day in the Life of a Corporate Photographer’ and how she captures images for use in marketing and the commercial world. Away from the commercial side of the business, Charlotte also specialises in toddler and child photography, non-studio-based, using only natural lighting. She also has a thriving business in creating greeting cards and postcards of the local area. For something completely different, Charlotte told us how she uses her skills to help good causes, in particular a Rotary inspired event in Nepal that worked with schools and communities to take the internet and computers to remote locations. She used Bruno Barbery’s comment that ‘Photography is the only language that everyone understands’ and enlarged that by saying that it is not what a photographer sees but the way the photographer sees it that makes or breaks an image. Charlotte further amplified how photography can contribute to telling a story about people, places or events. The President, Geoff Blackman, thanked Charlotte, as did the audience in the usual way.

A few RCPS members made a reciprocal visit to York Photographic Society, to share images and meet with their members.

On the 20th February, there is the judging of our recent Monochrome competition. It’s one that usually attracts many entries so it should prove to produce the usual debates! Looking a bit further ahead, entries for the President’s Cup have to be in by the last Monday of this month. Yet again, the cup is to be won by someone who produces, in the eyes of the President, three images that form a cohesive group or panel. The connection between the images may be through colour, subject, place, shape, function etc. The overall presentation of the panel will be considered when judged. To assist display, images will need to be labelled 1,2, and 3. (Note: A triptych does not qualify for this competition). The overall leaderboard is looking interesting with Frank Vallely out in front but Stuart Ward coming up hard on the rails! All to play for then!

Getting ever closer is the upcoming visit of international, award-winning photographer, Steve Gosling. The event will be held at the Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, 25th February from 2pm for around two to two and a half hours. Steve is a professional photographer and an ambassador for the Olympus brand of camera equipment, who specialises in creative and contemporary landscape images. He is famed for producing moody, atmospheric and minimalist black and white photographs although he takes plenty of images in colour as well. He has had his work published internationally as cards, postcards and posters and in advertisements. Steve is giving not one, but two illustrated talks, one on ‘The Nature of Creativity,’ referring of course to matters photographic not theological! He will speak about developing a creative mindset when it comes to taking pictures and will illustrate what he means with a variety of his images in colour and in black and white. Similarly illustrated will be his second talk, ‘Exploding the Myths of Landscape Photography’ when Steve will encourage anarchy in breaking the established rules of landscape photography! Tickets, which include refreshments, are £10 for adults and £7 for those aged 16 and under and can be obtained from G Craggs, opposite the bus station, David Harrison, Picture Framer of 19 Kirkgate, or by post from 14 Mallorie Close, Ripon, HG4 2QE, (cheques payable to RCPS and an sae please). Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door.