A different take from the norm

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Morpeth Camera Club

On Tuesday, January 19, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Angy Ellis, President of Durham Photographic Society, to judge the annual Set Subject Print Competition.

The theme for the colour section was Abstract, a much over-used description, so Angi’s first task was to define the word to judge the 38 images submitted. As a result, judgments were based on photographs that do not attempt to represent reality, but to seek effects using shapes, colours and textures, and the more wacky and wild the better.

She was not disappointed as members concocted many inventive and intriguing photographs using striking, vibrant colours.

A study of shapes in grey, black and brown as a homage to Picasso, flying Angels of the North in bright neon colours, ice floe patterns resembling clouds, an alien landscape with purple skies, a graphic depiction of the Sage in strong graduated geometric blue tones, a portrait in bright ink blot colours, helixes with curves and corkscrew effects and beach huts designed to form a flower were submitted.

Angy was looking for effects that encouraged the imagination to see images within the composition viewed from any angle. She gave her critique about each image.

Davy Bolam and Pat Wood received two highly commended awards. In fifth place was Mark Harrison with River Abstract, fourth place went to Chris Earl with Blue, Glyn Trueman came third with a spooky Water Monster from rocks in swirling water, second place with given to Chris Earl for a beautiful photograph entitled Wave, and the winner was Glyn Trueman with Northumbria University at Night, a striking flipped abstract of intertwining metal work with a space age centre panel.

The evening continued with the mono section, the theme being Worm’s Eye View or Looking Up. Angy stressed that her judgement depended upon the author’s adhesion to the brief.

Examples were displayed of converging lines of steel work, girders and struts against clouds, the patterns of the interior roof of the Galleries Lafayette, the Eiffel Tower with splayed ironwork, a bird of prey, leading lines of a gangway, the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth, an abstract poppy chandelier, the Trump Tower, converging lines of glass structures and the architecture of St James’ Park.

Thirty three photographs were submitted.

Angy awarded two highly commended places to Glyn Trueman, and one each to Stephanie Robson and Paul Saint. Fifth place was given to Mark Harrison for Watchtower, fourth place went to Steve McDonald for View d’Oeil de Worm, and Blackpool Towers by Glyn Trueman came third. In second place was The Worminator by Davy Bolam, a humorous scene of him armed with a fork, and the winner was Peter Downs, whose Fungus No 1 showed a lone fungus among grass with light beams and taken at ground level.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Angy for her considered judgement, after which the photographs were displayed.