Club Meeting Report, Set Subject Print Competition Results - Tuesday 19th January 2016.

On Tuesday 19th January 2016, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Angy Ellis, President of Durham Photographic Society,
to judge the annual Set Subject Print Competitions.

The theme for the colour section was " Abstracts ", a much overused description so Angy's first task was to define the
word to provide herself with guidelines with which to judge the thirty eight entries. As a result Angy's judgments were
based on the presentation of photographs which did not attempt to represent reality, but rather to seek effects using
shapes, colours and textures, and from her perspective, the more wacky and wild the better.

She was not disappointed as members concocted and dreamed up many inventive and intriguing prints using striking,
vibrant colours.

A study of shapes in grey, black & brown as a homage to Picasso, flying Angels of the North in bright neon colours, ice
floe patterns resembling clouds, an alien landscape with purple skies, a graphic depiction of the Sage in strong graduated
geometric blue tones, a portrait in bright ink blot colours, helixes with curves and corkscrew effects resembling a roller
coaster and beach huts designed to form a flower, were submitted.

Angy was looking for effects which were removed from reality, encouraging the imagination to see images within the
composition viewed from any angle, examples of which were distorted reflections, rusty metal patterns on the diagonal,
bubbles in glass, the Transporter Bridge in repetitive patterns resembling a hologram, in short, ideas which could play
with the mind.

She proceeded to give her critique & observations about each print as the evening progressed and let the suspense build
up by announcing the highly commended and placed photographs at the end. Davy Bolam and Pat Wood both received two
Highly Commended Awards. In fifth place was Mark Harrison with River Abstract, fourth place went to Chris Earl with Blue,
Glyn Trueman came third with a very spooky Water Monster which had originated from rocks in swirling water, in second
was Chris Earl for a particularly beautiful photograph entitled " Wave " which resembled a fossil. The winner of the Colour
Print Competition was Glyn Trueman with Northumbria University at Night, a striking flipped abstract of intertwining metal
work with a space age centre panel.

1st   2nd 3rd

The evening continued with the Monochrome Section of the competition, the theme being " Worm’s Eye View " where Angy
stressed that her judgement depended upon the author’s adhesion to the brief. Examples were displayed of converging lines
of steel work, girders & struts against clouds, the intricate patterns of the interior roof of the Galleries Lafayette, the Eiffel
Tower with dramatic splayed ironwork, a bird of prey with sharp talons, leading lines of a gangway, the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth, dramatically illustrating the structure’s height, an abstract poppy chandelier, the Trump Tower, with the strong
geometric lines creating a checkerboard effect, converging lines of glass structures and the architecture of St James’ park accentuating the triangular struts and shapes. Views of the Baltic stairwell from below, an eerie print of a dark woodland
with roots resembling an underground tunnel and the Infinity Bridge in gradients of dark and light, were all among the thirty
three photographs submitted.

With entries successfully adhering to the brief, Angy awarded two Highly Commended places to Glyn Trueman, and one each
to Stephanie Robson and Paul Saint. Fifth place was given to Mark Harrison for Watchtower, fourth place was awarded to Steve
McDonald for Vue d’oeil de Worm, and Blackpool Towers by Glyn Trueman came third. In second place, " The Worminator " by
Davy Bolam, was a humorous scene of him armed with a garden fork, ready for action and the winner of the Monochrome Print Competition was Peter Downs, whose print entitled Fungus No 1, fitted the brief most successfully, a lone fungus set amongst
grass with light beams and taken at ground level.

1st    2nd    3rd  

Chairman, Glyn Trueman thanked Angy for her considered and detailed judgement after which all the prints were displayed
around the room to be appreciated close at hand.