ON Tuesday, February 5, Morpeth Camera Club Vice-Chairman Steve McDonald presented the results of the recent Winter Challenge, called And Now For Something Completely Different: Abstracts.
The challenge was to push the boundaries of normal point and shoot photography and ensure that some kind of unusual or abstract element formed a significant part of the composition of each image. It is possible to create interesting pictures without necessarily being able to identify the object or scene within the image itself.
Mr McDonald had asked members to produce or create an abstract image which made the viewer look into the image and ask questions, or to fool the viewer into seeing something that was not there, or alternatively stop them from being able to see something initially, that only became obvious after closer inspection.
Members were also requested to include a brief summary of why they took the photograph, what elements they believed made it more effective and what they would have liked to do to improve or change anything.
Throughout the evening, Mr McDonald commented on each entry as it was projected onto a large screen. The authors explained the thinking behind their images and the audience joined in with constructive comments and advice.
He then announced the top three images that had shown great creativity and fully matched the brief of his challenge.
In first place was Seaweed by Dave Illingworth, second was John Thompson’s image The Beast, and Transporter Bridge Pattern by Davy Bolam was third.
He also selected the following images as Highly Commended: Car Detail by Brian Morris, Chess Piece by Jenny Lamb, Psycho Sugar by Mr Illingworth and Tree Puzzle by Mr Bolam.
Mr Illingworth, Morpeth Camera Club’s Chairman, then thanked Mr McDonald and those who had contributed to the challenge for an evening that had been, as promised, ‘something completely different’.
The club meets on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm in Morpeth Methodist Church and the programme includes various speakers, inter-club and internal competitions, teaching sessions on digital techniques, practical nights and social evenings.
Residents are welcome to attend three meetings with no obligation to join. There is a cover charge of £2 for each visit.