Lots to see and think about as the new season progresses
14/09/18It was pretty much a full house our at our weekly meeting and we enjoyed an extended session in which we viewed and talked about the results of our photographic endevours over the long hot summer. New members returned for a second look and added their photos to a vary varied programe that gave us new ideas to think about, and much to admire.
Whilst a number of members shared their images of the Round Britain Cycle Tour from locations en route, Janet Jackson gave us a comprehensive behind the scenes narrative that told an extended story of what goes into an event as prestigious as this. More action was illustrated from the trip to the Speedway enjoyed by many ,and also from the Motor Cross at Leighton, where the mud was definitely flying on a practice day.
There were more tranquil scenes depicted of Iford Manor and those from yesteryear provided by the steam trains at Cranmore , the re-enactment of WW1 by mounted yeomanry at a number of local shows, and the craftsmen and women working with wood and leather at a Dorset Oak Fair. Rural celebrations that abound in Somerset at this time of year certainly afford our members a wide choice of subject matter.
Trips to Bristol Docks and the Suspension Bridge over the Gorge inspired Ivy Goacher, who captured some heart stopping moments where climbers were traversing perilous rock formations. The sand sculptures at Weston, so effectively photographed by Nick were very different, and motivated many to make a note of the date for next year. Some of the images from long established members depicted snow scenes from late Spring, and murmurations over Shapwick, as well as things closer to home in gardens and villages locally.
Our newer members readily shared their work and we were reminded how diverse the art of photography can be with a selection that ranged from the highly creative, often inspired by Steam Punk themes, to the wildlife of Namibia and the people of Marrakesh and Thailand. Some of the extreme macro images of bugs and insects were intriguing, and the Banksy type graffiti images together with cars and castles gave us an insight into some of the interests of the newcomers and a taste of what they might contribute in future to our growing group.
Next week the first competition of the Autumn will be judged, and we shall see what the focus of “Wheels” brings forth.
Don’t forget to put the 27th October in your diaries if you want to really get a flavour of the artwork generated by this group. Our Annual Exhibition will take place all day and the delicious refreshments that are always available should further tempt you to come along.
Jenny Short 14.09.18