Club Meeting Report, Natural History & Urban Exploring - Tuesday 14th January 2014.

On Tuesday 14th January, Morpeth Camera Club members were treated to a presentation from Vice Chairman, Glyn
and Competition Secretary and Webmaster Davy Bolam.

Glyn’s passion for natural history, especially birdlife, was evident on the evening, presenting a vast array of photographs he
has taken on his travels, capturing close up views of birds and their habitat. Glyn revealed his favourite locations such as
Wallington, outdoor cafes in the Lakes and bird hides at Druridge, where, with the use of his 70-300 lens and a fast shutter
speeds he has succeeded in capturing Chaffinches, Great Tits, Coal Tits and Woodpeckers to great effect. At other favourite locations, Dunnocks at Bigwater Nature Reserve, Shetland with its Reed Buntings, Wrens, Nuthatchers, Goldcrest, Jays and
frogs; Roe Deer in the West Country, Squirrels and Stoats at Hauxley Nature Reserve were included in his presentation. A
big challenge which Glyn has overcome is to capture Cinnerbar Moths, caterpillars, Tiger Moths, Damsel Flies and flowers
with the use of his Macro lens.
On to the coast, with periwinkle trails, rock patterns, Lapwings, Sandlings, Turnstones, seals and Oyster Catchers in flight. Interspersed with stories of nesting habits and useful information regarding his techniques, Glyns travels took us on to the
Farne Islands, with its Rock Pippits, Shags nesting and bonding rituals, concluding with a selection of his amazing images of
Terns in flight and Puffins nesting.

Following Glyns excellent presentation of rural life was Davy Bolam’s contrasting passion for Urban Exploration. On his rest
days from work Davy is out and about to locations which are off the beaten track, rarely seen and in many instances now no
longer exist, including large buildings which were due for demolition, dark corridors, abandoned workplaces, eerie staircases
strewn with rubbish, photographs with gloomy atmosphere and starkness. Shapes and shadows of concrete architecture, old abandoned trains, rusty plaques and peeling paintwork, all of which have taken on amazing colours and hues over the years.
Shots of old railway lines and abandoned mines with rusted machinery, locker rooms with detritus from past times and with
the use of a head torch, Davy has succeeded in conveying the atmosphere of old tunnels with dripping water and colourful
algae amassed over time.
Graffiti and graphic images in urban locations are obviously another passion for Davy.
Exploring from Newcastle to Sunderland and from Poland to Moscow, he has succeeded in finding great examples of graffiti,
including street art, posters, stickers, paste ups, stencil graffiti and large murals in alley ways, on containers and buildings,
some in brilliant primary colours, pastel shades and in black and white. Such is the transient nature of graffiti, Davy never
misses an opportunity to photograph these images as, quite often, when he has returned to the site, the image has gone.

Chairman, Steve McDonald thanked both Glyn and Davy for an excellent evening of contrasting interests.

Also during the evening, John Thompson was declared the winner of the Clubs Christmas Quiz which was compiled by
Davy Bolam and featured on the club website. Davy had included 24 local images, taken from an unusual standpoint.
Well done to John who identified 23 out of 24 images,(for images and results see news page dated 25th December).

Stephanie Robson.