RCPS Press Report 23rd Feb 2017

Recently fellow RCPS enthusiasts, Richard and Norma Littlefair and John Elvin, treated members to a Travelogue evening. Richard and Norma concentrated on an A to Z of travel, showing pictures from trips to various cities, towns and countries near and far. There were times when poetic licence was taken, for example (New) Zealand for Z, however the excellent pictures won the geographical and grammatical purists over! John showed images of a recent trip to S Africa, featuring big game shots amongst many others.

On Saturday we have the upcoming visit of international, award-winning photographer, Steve Gosling. The event will be held at the Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall on from 2pm on 25th February, for around two to two and a half hours. Steve is a professional photographer who specialises in creative and contemporary landscape images and is an ambassador for the Olympus brand of camera equipment. 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. It’s a ‘two for the price of one, special offer Saturday’ as well because Steve is giving not one, but two illustrated talks. The first is 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 purchased on the door, which opens at 1.30pm.

On Monday, 27th February we welcome Christine Whitehead to speak about ‘Near and Far’. Christine’s first camera was a Standard Box camera, passed to her by her dad when she was about 10 before, six years later she acquired her first ‘real camera,’ an Exa. She now has six decades of photographic experience under her belt, having journeyed through film and darkroom to the digital age, which she says she would not swop for earlier days. She is also a keen follower on social media of various photographers. Christine’s main interest lies in landscape and natural history and macro work, although one of her latest specialisms is an interest in fungi.

Monday is also the deadline for booking a place at our Annual Dinner and Awards night and the closing date for entries for the President’s Cup. The rules for this are a set of three images, digital or print to form a cohesive group or panel. The connection through the images may be through colour, subject, place, shape, function etc. The overall presentation of the panel will be considered when judged. To assist the display, images should be numbered 1,2 and 3 in the sequence they are intended to be displayed.