Morpeth Camera Club
Members welcomed guest presenter Anne Swearman, a member of Whitley Bay Photographic Society.
Anne, who described herself as a ‘random’ photographer, treated the audience to an eclectic selection of projected pictures of excellent landscapes, seascapes, still life, portraits and ethereal images.
Giving an interesting commentary of her experiences, she showed atmospheric castles at dusk, Bluebell Woods bathed in soft evening light, snowy mountain peaks with dramatic cloud formations, moody blue/grey mountains above low clouds and glistening lochs, explaining that with the use of layers and overlays she can recreate the atmosphere of the scene she experienced on the day.
There were stunning images of wet shiny beaches, rocky shores covered with golden lichen, foam-whipped waves and billowing clouds, a lighthouse, stark against dark moody skies, and sweeping landscapes with the delicate recession of mountains, using silver effects to add a special glow to light beams through the clouds.
Never deterred by the weather conditions, wellies being on her list of essential accessories, Anne is fascinated by the changing light during rainstorms, especially on water, and the resulting textures created.
She is drawn to window light photography, which she demonstrated in her portraits of craftsmen and workers in muted pastel shades at Beamish, including a stunning Vermeer inspired portrait of a kitchen girl.
A selection of abstract spiral staircases in dramatic monochrome and colour and gentle still life images of sweet peas with a background of draped voile using a subtle vignette filter, together with a contrasting image of sweet peas using a fractalius effect filter to create an abstract version, displayed Anne’s versatility of style.
Vibrant sunflowers, delicate pink cornflowers and a soft filtered macro shot of a Japanese Anemone, all beautifully framed, were also included in the still life section of her presentation.
In addition, the show had lifeboat exercises in stormy seas, patchwork fields, Lowry inspired scenes, creative eerie images of gargoyles and ethereal images of woodlands and creatures and Anne brought along a selection of her prints for members to enjoy and discuss.
Morpeth Camera Club chairman Steve McDonald thanked Anne, always a welcome visitor to the club, for once again providing a varied, entertaining and thought-provoking evening, after which refreshments were served.