Exchange of views from behind the camera lens

ON Tuesday, January 31, Morpeth Camera Club hosted an exchange meeting with Cramlington Camera Club, whose members presented their work.

Cramlington President Paul Murphy started the event at Morpeth Methodist Church by treating those in attendance with photographs which were taken with his new camera. These included local landscapes, portraits of his family and friends, Kielder, the Newcastle Quayside and studio shots.

John Richardson, an avid aircraft enthusiast, presented a selection of images of 30s, 40s, and 50s aircraft, including the Night Hawk, Hercules, B52 and Harrier Jet, taken at RAF Mildenhall, Duxford and the Sunderland Airshow.

His presentation followed with images of his collection of Rangefinder cameras and his method of photographing slides.

Mark Illingworth continued the evening with his selection of photographs taken on Morpeth Camera Club’s summer walks to Hauxley, The Hoppings, Alcan, Newcastle University, and Alnmouth.

Elaine Illingworth presented her photographs which have been accepted into international salons, including images of wildlife, landscapes, creative mystic and fantasy compositions, as well as her medal winning photograph of a husky.

Julia Robson gave a delightful presentation of alternative wedding shots. Rather than take traditional wedding photographs, she concentrated on closer images of a wedding day which sometimes go unnoticed – details in the flowers, dress, venue and guests.

Chris Crane presented his photographs of his holiday in Switzerland, particularly the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Wengen, The Schilthorn, Eiger and Jungfrau. His display also included shots of Scotland, Fountains Abbey and York.

Derek Parker talked about his experiences in Cambodia and Thailand, which included prints of Cambodia and wildlife on the Wansbeck.

An AV from Andrea Harrison took those in attendance to Nepal, with its prayer flags, village children, temples and Chitwan National Park with its elephants, and to Moroccan street scenes and carpet makers and finally photographs which gave us an insight into life on the Ganges.

The evening finished off with a presentation by Bill Stephens, with of theme of ‘Why do we take Photos?’ Do we take them for ourselves or for competitions? Photoshop or no Photoshop? Colour or Mono? Fun or Serious?

Locations included Whitby Goth Festival, in which he demonstrated the effects of conversion from colour to mono and the effects of filters.

His presentation followed on with photographs, taken during his visit to Canada, of landscapes and portraits of office workers who requested that he convert their images into caricatures. His message was, when processing your work, use all the options available to create original, personal images which, above all, should appeal to yourself.

Dave Illingworth thanked members of Cramlington Camera Club for their very interesting presentations. Morpeth Camera Club members will pay a return visit to Cramlington to showcase their work later in the season.