Club Report, An Evening with Anne Swearman - Tuesday 21st April 2015.


On Tuesday 21st April, 2015, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed guest presenter, Anne Swearman, APSA, PPSA, a
member of Whitley Bay Photographic Society.

Anne describing herself as a ‘random’ photographer treated the audience to an eclectic selection of projected images
of excellent landscapes, seascapes, still life, portraits and ethereal images. Giving an interesting commentary of her
experiences, Anne showed atmospheric castles at dusk, Bluebell woods bathed in soft evening light, snowy mountain
peaks with dramatic cloud formations, moody blue/grey mountains above low clouds and glistening lochs, explaining
that, with the use of layers and overlays she can recreate the atmosphere of the scene which she experienced on the

There were stunning images of wet shiny beaches, rocky shores covered with golden lichen, foam-whipped waves and
billowing clouds, a lighthouse, stark against moody skies, sweeping landscapes with the delicate recession of mountains
using silver effects to add a special glow to light beams through the clouds. Never deterred by the weather conditions,
wellies being on her list of essential accessories, Anne is fascinated by the changing light during rainstorms, especially
on water and the resulting textures created.


Anne is drawn to window light photography which she demonstrated in her portraits of craftsmen and workers in muted
pastel shades at Beamish, including a stunning Vermeer inspired portrait of a kitchen girl. A selection of abstract spiral
staircases in dramatic monochrome and colour, gentle still life images of sweet peas with a background of draped voile
using a subtle vignette filter, together with a contrasting image of sweet peas using a Fractalius effect filter to create an
abstract version, displayed Anne’s versatility of style. Vibrant sunflowers, delicate pink cornflowers and a soft macro shot
of a Japanese Anemone, all beautifully framed were also included in the still life section of her presentation.

Lifeboat exercises in stormy seas, patchwork fields, Lowry inspired scenes, creative eerie images of gargoyles, ethereal
images of woodlands and creatures were included in the show and Anne also brought along a selection of her prints for
members to enjoy and discuss.

Thanked by Club Chairman, Steve McDonald, Anne, always a welcome visitor to the club, once again provided a varied,
entertaining and thought provoking presentation of her work.