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An Evening with Ivy

Down memory (and Penny) lane!
Ivy Goacher’s evening on Thursday featured a variety of interesting and entertaining images captured in the course of her travels recording her interests. She began by taking some members down memory lane, revisiting the vibrant city of Liverpool that six of us made our destination last summer.

Ivy’s shots of the area included the iconic statues from the sixties in the form of Cilla and the Beatles, and recorded the visit to The Cavern Club with all the sights and sounds of our somewhat distant collective youth. The statue theme continued with her amusing recounts of the visit to the barnacle encrusted statues created by Gormley on the beach north of the city, and in Port Sunlight, where Lever Brothers made Sunlight Soap famous and built a stylish village with all mod cons for their workers. The museums , art galleries and monuments that paid tribute to those lost in the war were a delight on the sunny day, and well captured by Ivy for those who did not go on the trip.

Members were treated to a humorous commentary through a series of well-chosen images which took us to China Town via the pubs (featuring Victorian urinals!), on to the spectacular Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals that grace either end of Hope Street, and across the Mersey (by ferry) with spectacular views of the skyline against a stormy sky.
An enduring fascination with architecture often takes Ivy abroad, and a holiday in Prague and Budapest provided her with ample opportunities to practise her craft. Whilst frustrated by the crowds that got in the way of her art, she ably documented the castles and cathedrals, the colour and the charm of these great cities as well as the inevitable trains, trams, vagrants and uniforms that always catch her eye.

In complete contrast the rest of Ivy’s entertainment featured the beauty of the scenery in Snowdonia , where she had engaged in a course to improve her landscape photography. This time armed with a new filter she learned useful skills in creating moody water scenes, blurring the tumbling rivers and zooming in on the detail of the lichen and the rocks. The evening concluded with images captured at the recent local Point to Point races in Ston Easton. A self-confessed horse lover, Ivy captured the thrills and spills of the event, as well as the colour and excitement on the day. Although somewhat wary of the animals themselves, Ivy did manage to get up close and personal in her photographic endeavour, and the shots record the interest and intrigue shown by the animal in question! It was a relaxed and enjoyable evening enjoyed by all and Ivy was thanked warmly by all.

Next week entries for May Open Print Competition must be handed in and members are asked to bring digital images taken recently that feature “Graffiti” and also “Statues” so Ivy may well be better prepared than most!
Jenny Short 26.04.18