Images in all weathers on display

Snow in Chicago by Carol Palmer
Snow in Chicago by Carol Palmer

Morpeth Camera Club

Carol Palmer, a member of Hexham & District Photographic Society, was guest speaker at the meeting on January 13.

She has been a keen photographer since the 1970s and became a member of Hexham club 22 years ago, where she participates in the workshops, studies the history of photography and goes on assignments with the group whatever the weather.

She particularly likes to work on projects, preferably in a series of six images, and at present she is working on an initiative she started two years ago.

Among her many images shown on the night were Edinburgh Fringe portraits, flamboyant Northern Pride characters and the Millennium Bridge on the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside in perfect evening pastel colours.

With old enamel advertising boards, vintage trucks and graphic details of old American cars, Carol has reduced the colour palette to create a feeling of age.

Photographs of Derbyshire ducks, villages and the mart, fisheye shots in Lisbon, dramatic abstract patterns in the futuristic architecture of Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences, street scenes, hilltop villages in the Marques region of Italy and Seattle’s EMP Museum, with its ultra modern exterior in vibrant colours, were all included in Carol’s amazing selection of images.

Her use of experimentation was evident in her digital versions of the Bromoil darkroom process, adding textures and subtle colour.

Stylised snowdrops, dead tulips with textured backgrounds, wild garlic and frozen flowers all printed on art paper give the impression that Carol’s images are in watercolour.

In the workshops she attends, members experiment with replicating Man Ray inspired solarisation, impressionism, Seurat’s pointillism and the bold brush strokes of Fauvism using the painting brush in Photoshop, the digital version of pinhole photography and imaginative landscapes originating from textured paving slabs.

Carol concluded her presentation with silvery seascapes, sunsets through clouds and images of falling snow and shiny reflections after the rain.

Her presentation was interspersed with stories of her travels together with her husband Leo and her enthusiasm for photography resulted in a very enjoyable evening.

A question and answer session followed, with Carol explaining her methods and techniques of solarisation and also that although she works in all weathers, her main passion was the challenge of photographing in bad weather conditions.

She was thanked for her presentation by club vice chairman Glyn Trueman.