Club puts focus on ladies’ work

Enigmatic Smile by Pat Wood.
Enigmatic Smile by Pat Wood.

Morpeth Camera Club

On Tuesday, January 10, Morpeth Camera Club held its first Ladies’ Night to showcase the excellent photographic work of its female members.

Karin Jackson opened the evening with an AV entitled Morpeth In Bloom, set to melodic music. Karin showed Morpeth in all its glory — towers of flowers along Bridge Street, planted tubs in the Market Place, and cascading hanging baskets. Also included were shots of mosaics in the Millennium Green, views through Carlisle Park and the castle.

Kate Philipson also chose audio visual with images of Seaton Delaval Hall — ornate windows, stone pillars, mossy steps, decorative gates, rose gardens and pristine hedges. Shots from the Commemorative Garden included humorous sculptures of flower pot men.

Pat Wood followed with From Then Til Now, a time-line sequence of photographs from when she first took up photography, pointing out beginners’ errors and how she learned to improve them. Lovely Fractalis filter images of flowers, snow, leaves and sand patterns, along with images of war re-enactments, butterflies, owls and woodland walks were included. Pat illustrated that by cropping or converting to monochrome, her images were improved.

Roseanne Robinson was next with portraits of craggy, lived-in faces of miners and street characters, a comical shot of a man playing music through a traffic cone and a scary close-up of a tup. Images of cycling in Holland, North Wales and North Uist were followed by light bulb reflections and landscapes at Simonside, Derwentwater and Tenerife. Images of a falcon, a Whitby Steam punk and sunset walks were interspaced with candid shots of club members on the summer walks.

Stephanie Robson presented two audio visual shows, the first being a holiday in the Dominican Republic, which highlighted comparisons between the opulent surroundings of the hotel, beach scenes, amenities and lively nightlife and the life of locals in the interior, with simple, colourful dwellings. A lively AV of the annual family barbeque followed.

Next was Sue Dawson on a theme of how her camera seems to be drawn to peripheral distractions. Sue illustrated that there are always interesting shots to be had, such as messy cars next to a dramatic landscape or children in a serious religious procession. Her show took us through Europe to Spanish marinas and designer shops, Strasbourg stork nests, Hungarian panorama shots, Whitby Goths, Newcastle’s street lights and colourful traffic trails.

Ursula Pearce concluded with a cityscape AV of Newcastle, with towering, multi-storey buildings, steps sweeping upward, shots of the Tyne bridges, the iconic Baltic and Sage buildings, and panoramic shots emphasising the height of the architecture. Mixing colour and monochrome, Ursula had caught the atmosphere of Newcastle.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked all who took part, which highlighted what can be achieved when using a theme.

Members are now busy organising the club’s Annual Event, which takes place on Tuesday, February 28. Entitled Hot and Cold, respected photographers Julie and Alan Walker present their dramatic journey from tropical Northern Argentina, through Chile’s Atacama Desert, down to the southern tip of South America, Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia.

Information on the club and its event can be found at www.morpethcameraclub.co.uk