23/03/18Combining photos and music in short audio visual presentations is no mean feat, and requires both technical and artistic skills beyond the camera. A number of our members meet monthly to develop this art form, and we are treated to an evening’s viewing annually that entertains and intrigues. Last Thursday’s club evening was just such an occasion. The diversity of subject matter and range of images we saw did not disappoint, and the accompanying, well-chosen music gave us further insights into the passions and interests of this select group.
The recent weather has clearly inspired many and the visual delights of morning and evening skies as well as the snow and scenery of native shores, interspersed with iconic images from the age of steam featured heavily. Geoff Noad’s abstracts created in Photoshop were very different, and contrasted starkly to the lavish extravagance and practical craftsmanship of the Elizabethan era that he captured so well at the 12th century Berkeley Castle.
From the birds and black and white captured by Diana Walker and Jane Robertson , Janice Cuer’s boats took us through gondolas and naval frigates to the strains of “Sailing” via Liverpool and the music of Beatles, whilst the travels of Jill Toman to Namibia featured, amongst other things, beetles of a different kind foraging in the dung of the desert!! Jill’s choice of Greek music to accompany her visit to the Cyclades got our feet tapping, and together with the architecture and the arts of Florence provided by Suzanne Ladd, reminded us that summer is just around the corner turning our thoughts to warmth and wine!
It was an evening of contrasts that illustrated the range of activities that the club offers to members regularly. I do think our recent presenter, Bob Ryan, Psychologist and Photographer, advocate of the artist within, would have found much to enjoy and comment on here!
Annual fees are now due and the NRPS AGM next week will set us up for another productive year in which we hope to encourage new members, new exploits, and much enjoyment.