13/04/18Club member Jane Richardson provided the entertainment for the first half of our club night on Thursday last and a packed audience was treated to a thoughtful series of images that ably illustrated Jane’s interest and fascination with locations across the country that she has visited, or with which she is very familiar.
As many of us have also visited those that featured the immediate localities of Yeo Valley Gardens and the Midsomer Norton Railway, Jane’s images brought back memories and provoked much discussion and tales of shared experiences. The sculptures, plants and other delights so well captured by Jane in the Yeo Valley Garden have been much developed recently, and more than a few plans were made during the evening to revisit. Jane grew up locally and has a fascination with the old, pre-Beeching railway sites, born of long walks and explorations when her children were young. Her knowledge of the history of the tracks, and her interest in the restoration work that is currently taking place was shared by many, and appreciated by all.
Haunting images of the monuments and memorials in Arnos Vale, a Victorian garden cemetery in the heart of Bristol, revealed Jane’s interest in all things made of stone, and especially featured the many crosses, often Celtic, that crowd the spooky garden. Visits further afield also featured stonework- some natural in the coasts around Baggy Point, and some man-made such as the ruined architecture of Tintern Abbey.
Stunning seascapes, often accentuated in mono, illustrated the craggy outlines of rocks on an unforgiving coastline, twisted and moulded by natural elements over time, and these contrasted nicely with the stark outlines of Tintern Abbey, laid waste by human hand at the time of the Dissolution. Calmer, more tranquil images taken along the Tarka Trail in Devon and Cornwall portrayed the curves of the many bridges that abound, and these would have been much enjoyed by Janice Cuer, our bridge fanatic, who sadly missed the evening due to a family commitment.Equally tranquil at the other end of the country, the area around Southwold provided great subject matter for one so interested in shipwrecks and coastal scenes. The record shots of locals (oddly also named Richardson!) smoking fish, together with shots of the famous stainless steel Clam Shell sculpture by Maggi Hambling on the beach at Aldeburgh made me at least want to visit and see for myself
The rest of the evening invited members to comment on a range of images taken over time that might be chosen by the committee to represent the club in the upcoming Tri Battle with Frome clubs. Many had scoured their files for appropriate subject matter that ranged from Pencils to Dance, through Street and Music via Light and Shade to name but a few of the themes that will feature in the contest. It will be interesting to see what we enter, and even more interesting to see how we fare!
Jenny Short 06.04.18