Club Meeting, "Three of a Kind" Print Competitions - Tuesday 10th April 2018.

On Tuesday 10th April 2018, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Geoffrey Bradford, MA Hon (Photo), a member of Alnwick
& District Camera Club, who came to announce his results and to give his comments on images entered for this season’s
‘Three of a Kind’ Print competitions. Prior to the evening, members had been invited to submit panels of three separate
colour and monochrome prints on any subject. Prints were to be judged as sets of three which must have a link or theme
to connect them to each other. Each set was judged on tonal uniformity, cropped and mounted in the same manner, and
although they must be linked in some way, no one image should stand out from the others. Having had the photographs
in his possession for the past two weeks, Geoffrey said that he was impressed by the presentation of the images and by
the use of colour.

Monochrome Print Competition.
Among the nine monochrome sets were towering bridges, textured and layered patterns of the Crumlin Road Jail, snowy
scenes on the Wansbeck and St Mary’s Lighthouse interior and exterior. Looking for good linear perspective, the same
weight and tonal intensity in each of the three images, Geoffrey went on to announce fifth place which went to Paul
Appleby with ‘Media City UK’, which he admired for its blocks of reflected glass, soft grey tones, and the use of good
quality paper. Fourth place was given to Sue Dawson for ‘Churchyards’, Geoffrey describing it as filmic, dramatic and
summoned up nostalgic memories of 1950’s black and white movies. Glyn Trueman was given third place with ‘London
Tunnels’, with curved ceilings and converging lines, the judge said that although it was abstract it had detail and softness.
Davy Bolam was given second place with ‘Treescapes’, skeletal branches of trees taken from below, with trunks converging,
likening it to a pen and ink drawing, he said that it was an intelligent set of images, simple but not simplistic. Geoffrey
continued by saying that his first place was always going to be the one as soon as it came out of the box. Announcing the
winner of this years’ ‘Three of a Kind’ monochrome section to be ‘Leisure Centre Abstracts’ by Peter Downs, which he had
admired for its stark blocks in abstract black and white, describing it as ‘about a subject rather than of a subject’ as it
encourages the viewer to use their imagination.


Colour Print Competition.
The Judge continued with the 20 sets of images in the Colour Section which included, snow laden hills with lovely pink skies,
colourful glass paperweights, bubbly circles of vibrant colours formed from oil on water, rubbish layers on Lynemouth Beach,
60’s style graffiti girls, autumn leaves, abstract sand patterns, and cityscapes. The Judge said he was looking for good
primary and complementary colours and went on to announce his four highly commended sets. ‘National Museum Scotland
Abstracts’ by Glyn Trueman which Geoffrey said was beautifully observed with seductive mirror images; ‘Ghost in My Machine’
by Davy Bolam was described as the most cohesive, it was organic with mechanical implications. ‘Catkins’ by Karin Jackson,
for its use of soft colours, a perfect set of three which had realness about them, and ‘Street Art Underground’ by Davy Bolam,
big and bold graffiti with a range of textures and colours which worked as a set and the elements were all of a similar weight.

The top five award winners followed, in fifth place was Pat Wood with ‘Fractalius Grasses’, studies in orange and green, which
he said they resembled fireworks, with the shapes and patterns his eye darted from one to the other. An interpretation of the
same object in three different ways was a simple idea well executed. ‘Jewel Personality’ by Sue Dawson was given 4th place,
a set of three jewelled handbags set against complimentary backgrounds, the judge recognised that care had been taken to
meld the images together, well made and mounted all three interacted with each other. Third place was awarded to Dave
Bisset for ‘Eroded Stone Abstracts’, images flipped four times to create abstract patterns which the judge said resembled
insects or crustaceans, adding that the set was faithful to the original subject and made one question how they were put
together. Second place was given to Paul Appleby for ‘Sweet Peas’, the delicate blooms jumped out against a solid black
background; the judge enjoyed their simplicity and fine detail and the velvety paper used to compliment the subject. The
winner of the Three of a Kind Colour Section was Sue Dawson with ‘A Cold Walk along the Wansbeck’, snowy scenes of the
church and bridges. He enjoyed the soft colours reminiscent of a Bruegel artwork, busy but simplistic he admired the graphic
quality and detail.


At the beginning of the evening the judge had said that he intended for this to be an interactive evening and true to his word
he asked each author to comment on their work as it was displayed to the audience. This could have been a very daunting
experience, but Geoffrey kind heartedly and in a considered manner went through aspects of their work which could be
improved upon, stressing that minimalism must be perfect as there is nowhere to hide and that uniformity and care should
be taken with format and presentation. At the conclusion of a very interesting evening, the judge was thanked by Chairman
Mark Harrison for his in depth analysis, advice and recommendations, after which coffee was served and club members were
able to look at the photographs in more detail which had been displayed around the room.