Club Report, My Photography - Tuesday 23rd September 2014.

On Tuesday 23rd September, the theme was ‘My Photography’ and club members were given the opportunity to show a
sample of their recent photographic digital images, many of which were taken during the summer season walks. Those
that accepted the challenge showcased a huge variety of subject matter and each photographer was invited to give a
commentary on their work or the thought behind it.
Gordon Hine opened the evening with his images of the Angel of the North, the Festival of Heavy Horses at Wooler,
a walk through Jesmond Dean, The Hoppings, Rothbury Fair and the Sage at Gateshead.
Chris Hills followed with shots of Steam Engines at Tanfield, the railway station conversion at Richmond, waterfalls and
rural scenes of Yorkshire. Moving north scenic views of Scottish Lochs, the Kyles of Bute and Dunoon reminded us of the
Chris Randall took a different style of approach as he presented a collection of images on the theme of sky's. Here the
emphasis was on the subject rather than the location and included vibrant sunsets, misty mountainsides, farms at dusk,
seascapes and flowers in the foreground, all complimented by dramatic cloud formations.
Dave Bisset described his visit to the Ravenglass & Eskdale Narrow Gauge Heritage Railway in Cumbria together with
several images taken in Langdale of a restored water mill. Nearer home the Great North Fly-in, Amble Pier and the
Angel of the North also featured.
Davy Bolam illustrated a recent visit to Germany to the Techno Classica car show in Essen and a trip on the unique
Wuppertal Schwebebahn, the oldest electric elevated railway in the world. This was followed by a small selection of
new images where he showed that through the use of clever manipulation, combined with colour, shape and form, he
had created some very original shots.
Glyn Trueman followed with his brilliant shots of birds on the Farne Islands, Guillemots, puffins, razorbills, seals,
dolphins and Arctic terns. A selection of macro photographs of seed heads, greenfly, snails, interesting shots of Salford
Quays, abstract bridge patterns and his use of dramatic block colours concluded his show.
John Barnes entertained the group with his selection of local castles. Shot in monochrome for dramatic effect he then
provided a potted and often bloodstained history of each building. Alnwick, Bothal, Dunstanburgh, Eglingham, Mitford,
Etal, Norham, Prudhoe and Hermitage Castles, were all brought to life with tales of ghosts, black magic, and murder.
John Thompson followed with panned action shots of a cycle road race at Durham, Zapcat speedboat racing on the
Tyne and the rough and tumble of a rugby match. The Angel of the North in evening light, South Shields water play
area and some very interesting multi images of ‘The Kelpies’ Horses Head sculptures near Falkirk, were all included in
his selection.
Lionel Bryan then commented on his beautiful photographs of a Baltic Cruise including Stockholm & Helsinki. Sculptures
and monuments, St Petersburg with it's golden onion spires, the winter palace, landscapes of the city and waterfront,
concluding with Copenhagen and its colourful waterfront houses gave a brief insight of a stunning trip.
Finally, Mark Harrison gave an audio visual presentation set to lovely music, which included photographs of Herrington
Steam Rally, Rothbury, views of and through Hexham Bridge, butterflies & birds, Sunderland Air Show, Coventry, and
Birmingham with its waterways canals and barges.
Club Chairman, Steve McDonald thanked everyone for their contribution to a very interesting evening.
                                                                                                                                                 Stephanie Robson.