A lifetime of pictures

Oriental Admirers by Vince Rooker
Oriental Admirers by Vince Rooker

Morpeth camera club

On Tuesday, January 20, members were treated to a talk by the club’s Life President, Vince Rooker.

He is the longest serving member of the club, having joined at the beginning of the 1966 season when its venue was the YMCA club, and he has been a photographic judge since 1977.

His talk, entitled Camera Club Pictures?, included a varied selection of photographs taken throughout 2014 – including those taken on the club’s summer walks, which are organised and led by competition secretary Davy Bolam.

A diverse selection of images included colourful microlytes, auto giros in flight, a Tiger Moth landing and a rare sighting of a Hornet Moth. They were among the photographs Vince took on a visit to the Great North Fly In, an aviation event at Eshott Airfield.

There were evening tidal reflections, Northumberlandia set against moody cloud formations, dramatic angles, lighting, curves and reflections of the Sage Gateshead building.

On a puffin cruise to Coquet Island, he captured wave patterns and action shots of the inshore lifeboat. At the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre at Conishead Priory in Cumbria, Vince captured the serene atmosphere with colourful images of Buddha’s and the temple interiors.

In addition, there were pictures of dancers and musicians at a 40s re-enactment and in Dublin, the dramatic steel spire, the modern exterior of the conference centre and sweeping angular bridges.

On his visits to his daughter, who lives in Norfolk, Vince takes the opportunity to photograph flint churches, pastel beach huts, stark landscapes over bird sanctuaries, windmills, brightly coloured cliffs, the vibrant colours of steam engines, glass workers and the sunset in Hunstanton.

He displayed his enthusiasm for photography with images of shiny vintage cars, choirs, potters, shop windows, abstract boat hulls, church interiors, sculptures, the First World War war graves and memorials in France and the UK, gargoyles, golden landscapes, Scottish beach scenes and stunning still life images.

With his eclectic mix of subjects, Vince certainly provided a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

To conclude the meeting, Davy announced the results of the Christmas holiday picture quiz, which he compiles each year as a bit of fun over the break – awarding a prize for the member who can identify the most locations.

As in previous years, he was out and about and took a selection of 24 photographs to test local knowledge. All images were in a 20-mile radius of Morpeth and participants were asked to identify the main subject and its location.

This year, not only did club members take part, but also several people from further afield having seen the quiz on the website.

The overall winner was club member John Thompson, who had succeeded in identifying 21 of the images. All of the photographs and answers can be viewed on the club’s website – www.morpethcameraclub.co.uk

Club chairman Steve McDonald thanked Vince and Davy for yet another very interesting club meeting.