Club Meeting Report, "Captured Moments" - Tuesday 8th March 2016.

Alan McCormick, ARPS and Mavis McCormick, LRPS, from Hexham and District Photographic Society came to Morpeth
Camera Club on Tuesday 8th March 2016, to give us a print presentation entitled ‘ Captured Moments ’. Both are very
accomplished photographers and respected competition judges within the Northern Counties Photographic Federation.

Taking photographs together on their travels, locally and on rainy days at home setting themselves projects, they
subsequently end up with very similar photographs, but, being individuals, their points of view are markedly different.
Where as Alan prefers to produce simple untouched images, Mavis has a flair for manipulation and enjoys producing
montages, surreal images and colour popping with admirable results.

Their presentation opened with a series of portraits of their grand-daughter Annie, Alan goes for a full body portrait,
or posing in different locations, such as graveyards, as a Goth, Mavis preferring to get up close to focus on detail in
the hair and eyes.

Portraits of Whitby Goths, brides in black, graveyard scenes with mourners, colourful Pickering 40s girls with bright
red hair and lipstick, Spooks Night at Hexham with eerie images of face painted children and Gay Pride characters
followed, together with anecdotes of their experiences. At Beamish we saw Alan’s portraits of station staff and lorry
drivers, whereas Mavis captured rare deserted street scenes and atmospheric alleyways, Alan went on to explain
the history of an old tram which, before restoration, had been used for apple storage.

Captured images through two lenses took us to Greece with graphic images of white steps and shadows taken from
different viewpoints. Syros Graffiti & old merchant’s houses, street scenes in Rhodes and glowing monasteries in
early morning light, depicting the solitude of the Plains of Thessaly. Mavis likes to capture old church exteriors, with
cracked walls, abandoned houses and backstreets whereas Alan’s images showed his preference for pristine white
churches and candid portraits of local people. Nearer to home, we saw buskers and spectators at the Durham Street
Festival; Dublin’s rain soaked street scenes, story telling images with atmosphere, colourful flowers sellers and a
menacing smoky backstreet.

They continued with each of their images of the commemorative poppies at Woodhorn, Alan’s having a rectangular
format and Mavis’s with a square one, illustrating the comparison’s in style; Mavis’s Tynemouth beach scene in the
wind, with white topped waves contrasted with Alan’s calm landscape of the same beach with cloud reflections in
the wet sand. At Hexham’s Tyne Green Country park, Mavis’s choice of subject was a frosty bandstand whereas
Alan’s characters on a park bench were his preferred subject.

From time to time Alan and Mavis like to produce a themed panel of photographs, examples of which were Alan’s
WW1 re-enactment images of nurses, Gordon Highlanders on camp, and soldiers off to war on a station platform.
Mavis’s choice of subject was dolls, a French doll in an attic in soft focus, the same doll placed on an abandoned
wire chair among weeds in Greece and a study of puppets.

Throughout the evening there were examples of their Fauve inspired shots, a technique which accentuates colours,
with bold graphic results. Having originated from Birkenhead, Alan and Mavis concluded their presentation with a
tribute to the North East, Alan with a dramatic image of the Sage with the city in the background and Mavis with a
sweeping shot taken from the Tyne Bridge of the Quayside curving along to the Millennium Bridge.

Club Chairman, Glyn Trueman thanked Alan and Mavis for presenting their superb prints together with a very
interesting commentary, after which coffee was served.