Club Night, NCPF 38th Salon of Photography - Tuesday 30th January 2018.

This week Morpeth Camera Club had the opportunity to look at and comment on many high quality projected digital images
from around the world that were accepted for last year’s 38th Northern Counties Photographic Federation International Salon
of Photography. Authors from thirty six different countries had images accepted including Australia, Israel, Oman, Vietnam,
South Korea, Russia and Kuwait.

In the Open Mono section, shots of snow peaked mountains, dusty action packed motor sports and mud racing, tag wrestlers,
railway platform WWII re-enactments, Dartmoor ponies, fighting stallions, street performers and many portraits, Edwardian,
Victorian and of stark mono characters with tattoos, beards and hats. There were ballet dancers, nude life studies forming
abstract shapes, dramatic flour dancers which contrasted with frosty skeletal trees, abstract modern architecture and angular
steel detail in the London underground network. There was an eclectic mix of images of gymnasts, monks, sheep on snowy
moors, graphic sand dune patterns, sea birds, Indian shopkeepers, South African surfers, Vietnamese net makers, Chinese
junks, many with an emphasis on form and texture. In was in this section that Morpeth Camera Club member Pat Wood had
an image entitled Enigmatic Smile accepted.

The Open Colour section followed with walkers on hill tops and mountaineers approaching Mont Blanc, boxers, squash, rugby
and tennis players, silky golden nude studies, tranquil seascapes and stormy seas battering piers and lighthouses, Steam punk characters, Goths, spies, mad hatters, witches, Alice in Wonderland together with fine detailed portraits. Glencoe reflections,
Icelandic scenes in pink evening light, the northern lights, and crimson sandstone buttes of Monument Valley, Yellowstone in
the mist and pastel hues of the sands at Seilebost were among the stunning landscapes. Nude flour dancers, night shots at
Salford Quays, Chinese fishermen silhouetted in a glowing orange sunset, and saffron clad monks lit in candle glow were all
depicted in glorious colour.

Next, in the Open Travel section the audience were treated to colourful images of Indian sadhu, drummers, train line peddlers,
and fish sellers, Chinese goat herders and villagers, Cuban street scenes, the orange pinnacles of Bryce Canyon, Namibian tribal dancers, Himalayan vistas, molten lava from Mount Etna, bison herders in Yellowstone, crystal icebergs and sled dogs with their
musher, the Hong Kong Peak and dragon boat festival, pig catchers, views from towering skyscrapers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s
Burj al Arab, Akhe tribe ladies from Myanmar, hot air balloons at sunrise and many environmental portraits.

To many to mention, the audience enjoyed monochrome at its best, gloriously colourful images and travelled the world with
scenes from far off villages and cities. Chairman Mark Harrison commented that although there was a wide variety of images
shown, portraiture and nude studies seemed to be the preferred genre in the competition this year. Coffee and conversation
concluded an inspirational evening at the club.