Club Meeting Report, An evening with John Thompson - Tuesday 18th March 2014.




On Tuesday 18th March 2014, club members welcomed one of their own as John Thompson ARPS CPAGB, gave a print
presentation entitled " An Evening with John Thompson ". John is long serving and much respected member of Morpeth
Camera Club and is also the President of Alnwick & District Camera Club.
John explained that he prefers to take a series of photographs on a subject and, he had displayed around the room, sets
of images placed together to illustrate the impact of producing a theme, such as abstract monochrome images taken in &
around Glasgow docks and sculptures taken from unusual angles.
On his walks along Blyth beach, John decided that he would create a series of photographs which included Blyth Lighthouse
and featured anglers, boats, walkers, groynes and gulls all in superb detail.
Preferring a square format for his work he plans his shots accordingly, visualizes and composes before firing the shutter,
taking care to include all the elements in the picture, knowing that he will finally be cropping the image to the square format.
During the evening he presented striking photographs of abstract shots of the stairwell at the Baltic, delicate images of frosty
trees, river scenes of Durham, moody and dramatic skies, intensely coloured abstract images of the interior structure of the
Lowry centre and at Aldeburgh he had captured the essence of the Suffolk coast, its shingle banks, fishing boats, the black
tarred boat huts and big, cloudy skies.
John concluded his presentation with his ongoing project of rural Northumberland capturing quiet corners of the county not
normally photographed and quite often missed, textured lime kilns, medieval bridges, churches, windmills and dovecotes, a wonderful series of scenes in delicate sepia tones reminiscent of plates used to illustrate antique books.
Vice Chairman, Glyn Trueman thanked John for a very inspiring evening after which members enjoyed his many colour and monochrome prints on display.