Club Meeting Report, " Perspective " Challenge - Tuesday 12th April 2016.

On Tuesday 12th April, a presentation of the entries for the Vice Chairman’s Spring Challenge was given by Chairman
Glyn Trueman in Mark Harrison’s absence, the subject being Perspective Photography. The aim of the Challenges is to
encourage members to extend their photographic skills by trying different techniques, to expand their creative mind
and most of all to have fun. Perspective in photography is the way that our eye relates to spacial separation and the
relationship between the size of objects within that spacial separation, so that objects seem smaller the further away
they are, relative to their size. This can be done by creating a miniaturization effect, through the use of a tilt & shift
lens or with software to miniaturise buildings, people or objects.
Fifty nine images from twelve members were submitted, first of which included Davy Bolam’s rowing boats on Morpeth
riverside and a railway signal box at Tanfield which both illustrated the illusion of miniaturisation.
Dave Bisset’s images included the Helix at the Centre of Life from a low perspective, giving the illusion of a diminishing
structure, and a tree taken from the base with the trunk receding giving the deceptive illusion of great height.
Jeremy Coopers flock of sheep, large faces in the foreground, receding to a very small shepherd at the rear and a large
train with carriages receding into the background illustrated his version of perspective.
Karin Jackson followed with a trail of hikers becoming smaller into the distance and a large planes wing pointing to the
Himalayan mountain range on the horizon.
Mike Weighall, due to the unusual angle, gave us the illusion that the Millennium Bridge was situated very close to the
Sage building, and a dark alleyway leading to a courtyard provided the deception of great distance.
Peter Downs highlighted the wavy walls of the Alnwick Garden waterfall leading the eye to small people at the top and
at Druridge Bay, wooden steps and handrail leading through the dunes drawing the eye to the horizon.
Pat Wood provided a good example of perspective with outlet pipes cutting diagonally across the scene leading the eye
to the horizon and receding bridge ironwork diminishing to a point in the distance.
Roseanne Robinson gave us a ‘giant’ tortoise taken from ground level, shrinking the small houses in the background and
Carlisle Park taken from a high viewpoint providing an illusion of a miniature playground.
Sue Dawson’s images of a shopping mall with lines of walkways and walls provided a vanishing point in the centre, and
a toy town effect of the Swing Bridge and adjoining buildings were included in her presentation.
John Thompson had us believe that Sean Henry’s sculpture of The Couple were standing on top of Newbiggin’s Church, a
clever illusionary shot, enormous grapevines with a small figure on steps and Fontburn Reservoir Bridge receding to a
tiny fisherman in the distance.
Mark Harrison’s images followed with a giant nail in decking taken from ground level with yacht masts appearing the
same size in the background and Staithes taken from a high point creating a miniature village illusion.
Glyn Trueman concluded the evening with the towering glass structures and birds nest effect of Northumbria University’s
modern architecture and an impressive vertical panoramic shot of Lichfield Cathedral interior.
Throughout the presentation the images were discussed, authors explaining methods and techniques, and an exchange
of ideas and suggestions resulted in a very interesting and informative evening. Glyn thanked all those who took up the
challenge and was particularly impressed by their use of imaginative techniques, after which coffee was served.