Club Report, Talking Pictures - Tuesday 9th September 2014.


To open the new season Deputy Chairman Glyn Trueman, introduced guest speaker and long standing member of the club
John Thompson ARPS AFIAP CPAGB with a show entitled " Talking Pictures ".
John presented a selection of his prints emphasising that primarily the photographer should take shots for themselves and
not always with a view that they could be successful in competition. Some judges would describe a photograph as simply a
record shot but in John’s opinion,  all photographs are record shots and it is up to the individual to put their own stamp on
the subject.
His preferred format is monochrome where layers of tone can add drama and dynamism to produce a more powerful image.
In some instances the use of colour can detract from the subject, monochrome can create a mood of loneliness and solitude.
He can take many shots of the same subject from different angles and will find among them the dynamic shot he had in his
minds eye but, in the competition environment, would a judge see what was intended when the photograph was taken. The
main aim is that the viewer can read the picture and the message it is intended to convey, also never dismissing an image
because you don’t like it.
Photography is very subjective, entering competitions is an ideal platform for looking at your own work and witnessing the
reactions of others to it. A photographer must have patience, wait for the right time for clouds to appear, birds to land, for
a figure to walk into shot; to use a tripod whenever possible and by spending time carefully cropping your image to create
a more dynamic quality.
John suggested that members look into the work of Henry Cartier-Bresson who has proven with his work that photography
is capable of faithfully reproducing reality, all you have to do is catch the right moment to show the people and surrounding
world, always in search of the right moment. John illustrated this message throughout his presentation with his selection of
beautiful photographs and members viewed striking panoramic images exhibited around the hall.
An interesting display of scanned images from glass slides which he acquired in 1984 were also on show, some of them 100
years old of scenes in Sarajevo, Split and Serbia and members were asked to look at the composition and compare them
with images taken today.
Glyn thanked John for his inspiring presentation which was a brilliant introduction to the new season which will include
guest speakers, competitions, tutorials and our annual " Big Event " in November.
                                                                                                                        Stephanie Robson.