Unusual themes for camera competition

When I survey the Wondrous Cross by Dave Bisset.
When I survey the Wondrous Cross by Dave Bisset.

Morpeth Camera Club

Malcolm Kus, from Alnwick and District Camera Club, gave us the results of the set subject print competitions on the themes of Hymn Title (colour) and Afloat (monochrome).

As an old friend of the club, who stood in at short notice, we knew that we were in for a humorous evening as Malcolm is well known for his interaction with the audience.

In the colour section, which included 34 entries, Malcolm said that Hymn Title was a subject he had not come across before and he was hoping to see imaginative work.

Images were not always dedicated to a religious theme — plays on words, glowing sunsets, snowy pathways, footsteps in the sand, craggy rocks, charity collectors, football crowds, anchors and lifebuoys, as well as traditional images of crosses, icons and statuary, were included.

Highly commended places were awarded to Lionel Bryan with his image of a Jehovah Satnav, Vince Rooker for a high priest in white robes, Oh Come All thee Faithful, a shot of a football crowd, by Davy Bolam, and Morning Has Broken, sun beams through woodland, by Karin Jackson.

Malcolm awarded fifth place to a statue of mother and child by Sue Dawson. In fourth place was a picture of a pensive young woman touching an ivy clad stone cross, also by Sue, and third place was given to Davy Bolam for his image of a young man in a bright yellow t-shirt with a religious logo. Beauty for Brokenness, again by Sue, a shattered vase with strewn flowers, was in second place.

And the winner of the colour section was Dave Bisset, with When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, a view of a cross through arches at Wells Cathedral, which Malcolm admired for its beautiful light and composition.

The mono section was next. Malcolm said he was looking not only for original images, but good tonal range and printing.

Ice flows, an attacking swan, fishing craft, a diver, detritus, a canoeist, Cambodian lake villagers, floating leaves, terns, a reflected building in a lily pond, enormous vessels, swimming dogs and windsurfers were among the 35 entries.

Highly commended was Pat Wood with Waiting for the Tide, a moored working vessel in detail; Lionel Bryan with Glossy Globes floating on Water, Guggenheim, Bilbao; Unlucky Saint Christophe, the stricken vessel set against the town of Dartmouth, again by Lionel; and an action shot of a power boat, entitled Watersports by Karin Jackson.

Fifth place was given to BK7 and Friends by Sue Dawson, a boat moored up against a stone pier. Fourth went to Paul Appleby with The Evening Fleet, evening light playing on approaching yachts. Cromarty Ghost by Peter Downs was third with an eerie image of a drilling rig. Second place went to Davy Bolam with Oil on Water, a series of large and small circles in shades of grey.

And the winner of the monochrome section of the Set Subject Print Competition was Davy, with Stavros S Niarchos Arrives at Blyth, the majestic brig-rigged tall ship coming into harbour, which Malcolm admired for its quality of detail and depiction of scale.

Chairman Glyn Trueman thanked Malcolm for his constructive and amusing comments, after which the place prints were displayed around the room for members to admire at close range.