Club Meeting, "The Number 3" Challenge - Tuesday 31st January 2017.


One of the Vice Chairman’s roles is to produce three challenges throughout the season and Mark Harrison’s Winter
Challenge was on the subject of ‘3’.  This is not a competition but an opportunity to try something new, to look at
ones surroundings in a new light and where everyone is encouraged to expand their creative minds. Contributions
were to reflect their relationship to the Number 3, which could be anything as long as three elements are included
in the picture such as three colours, three items, three textures or three people for example.
The aim of the challenge is to encourage members to extend their photographic skills by trying new or different
techniques and put them into practice. Creative techniques and manipulations should ideally be used to enhance
an image e.g. by improving it aesthetically or by increasing the image’s ability to create a mood or tell a story but
main thing was to enjoy it, have fun, learn and progress.
Seventeen members took up the challenge and provided a wide range of subjects including a well seen image of a
Four horned sheep with one horn missing, three mysterious windows, a trio of shiny escalators, a still life study of
a pear, mango and kiwi fruit, a triptych of a communications aerial in stages of dismantling, clothes pegs creating
long shadows, backlit sheep with lambs and crooked gravestones.
Three colourfully lit panels in the Sage reflected in the Tyne, three black rabbits painted on a white wall, an eerie
shot of The Wanderers at Chichester Cathedral, alleyways, bridges and station seating followed. Wet hens taking
cover, teasels against a blue sky, three elements depicted in sand, sea and sky, pizza and Amble Marina logos in
red, white and blue, colourful beach stones strategically placed on sand, zoom filtered colourful stock cars, a rare
mechanical darts scorer and a three pence Manx stamp with its three legged coat of arms were included.
More interesting images followed including a trio of cameras, an original bus route number three, scrabble words,
wine glasses, shop signs, shapes and textures formed by steel and cables, lift storey numbers and even the three
bright stars forming Orion’s Belt.
Glyn Trueman concluded the evening with a humorous dream sequence of ministers from three denominations and
together with a clever play on words, ‘Mitre Done’, ‘Cardinal Sin’ and ‘Mass Production’, told a story, demonstrating
what can be achieved by using the imagination.
Members commented that this had been a very interesting challenge, that most had spent more time concentrating
on everyday objects around them as well as designing still life compositions. The club Chairman then thanked Mark
for compiling and presenting the challenge and to those members who had supported it before coffee was served
after another interesting evening at the club.