Morpeth Camera Club
THERE was a treat in store for members on Tuesday, December 10 as the Northern Counties Photographic Federation’s 34th Salon was presented by club chairman Steve McDonald.
In the Open Creative Section, they were shown photographs which resembled old masters, Victorian scenes, glowing portraits, pencil sketches, abstract scenes reminiscent of Dali, surreal figures, Cossack riders and tango dancers. There were also some highly stylised photographs of cafe life, miners, and flowers.
In the Open Traditional section where no manipulation was allowed, there were images of horse and greyhound racing, the Northern Lights, athletes, ice patterns, giant waves, reeds in the mist and nude studies.
In the Salon of Photography showcase, members enjoyed Tibetan landscapes and monks, Bryce Canyon, goat herders, salt workers, tribesmen, camel trains, temples and sled dogs.
The Nature section included wonderful images of lichen, snow monkeys, kestrels, polar and grizzly bears, tropical fish and stag beetles to name but a few.
The second half of the night was a presentation of photographs by Irene Froy. She prefers subtle colours to define mood in her landscapes and loves misty conditions.
Members were treated to some wonderful photographs set in the Hebrides, predominately Harris where she enjoys taking shots in the rain, also with sunny periods where the light is at its best.
Sand patterns which have been softened by the rain, Luskintyre rollers, turquoise seas, sand dunes, sparkling waters and billowing clouds were all included in her soft pastel images.
Then to Spain, with rolling hills through the mist, evening light with long shadows, textures in fields and soil colours, patterns of vines and olive groves.
There was light and shade on white buildings and, taking full advantage of the light, her patterns of steps in streets, curving stairs around oil tanks, demonstrated her attraction to graphic images.
This was a very beautiful and inspiring audio visual presentation.
The evening concluded with the raffle and refreshments.
Morpeth Camera Club meets on Tuesday evenings between September and May from 7.30pm in Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace.
Visitors and prospective members are welcome to come along to up to three meetings with no obligation to join for a small cover charge of £2 for each visit – this includes a raffle ticket, tea/coffee and biscuits.
Members have a good relationship with other photography groups in Northumberland and they organise reciprocal presentations with them (such an arrangement has been made with Cramlington Camera Club for the 2013/14 season).
For more information about the club, go to its website: www.morpethcam eraclub.co.uk