Club Meeting Report, NCPF Salon & Irene Froy - Tuesday 10th December 2013.

On Tuesday 10th December 2013, club members were in for a treat when the Northern Counties Photographic Federation
34th Salon was presented by club Chairman, Steve McDonald.

In the Open Creative Section we were shown photographs which resembled old masters, Victorian scenes, glowing portraits,
‘pencil sketches’, abstract scenes reminiscent of Dali, surreal figures, Cossack riders, tango dancers and highly stylised images
of café life, miners, and flowers.

In the Open Traditional section where no manipulation was allowed, we were shown photographs of horse & greyhound racing,
the northern lights, athletes, ice patterns, giant waves, reeds in the mist, and nude studies.

In the Salon of Photography Travel section members enjoyed Tibetan landscapes and monks, Bryce Canyon, goat
herders, salt workers,tribesmen, camel trains, temples and sled dogs.

The Nature Section was next with wonderful images of lichen, snow monkeys, kestrels, polar and grizzly bears, tropical fish,
stag beetles, to name but a few.

The second half of the night was a presentation of photographs by Irene Froy EFIAP, MPAGB, Hon PAGB, BPE4*.

Irene prefers subtle colours to define mood in her landscapes and loves misty conditions. We were treated to some wonderful photographs set in the Hebrides, predominately Harris where she enjoys taking shots in the rain, with sunny periods where the
light is at its best. Sand patterns which have been softened by the rain, Luskintyre rollers, turquoise seas, sand dunes and
sparkling waters, billowing clouds were all included in her soft pastel images.

Then to Spain, with rolling hills through the mist, evening light with long shadows, textures in fields and soil colours, patterns
of vines and olive groves. Light and shade on white buildings and, taking full advantage of the light, Irene’s patterns of steps
in streets, curving stairs around oil tanks demonstrated her attraction to graphic images.
A very beautiful and inspiring audio visual presentation.

The evening concluded with the raffle and refreshments.

Stephanie Robson.