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My Camera and Eye

Some fine art from Suzanne1
There is no denying that Suzanne Ladd has an approach to photography that is unique within and way beyond our club. She continues to develop an admirable style, based upon meticulous preparation and endless patience, to achieve the shots she visualises as possible in advance, and experiments relentlessly to achieve. She is renowned for seeing things differently, and whether she is planning an interesting outing for all of us, or exploring the endless possibilities for the creative photography that characterizes her work, she is equally analytical and evaluative. Suzanne’s Zoom presentation, so aptly entitled “My Camera and Eye”, kept us enthralled for its duration. It was thoughtfully introduced as a project with which she had challenged herself, and commentated upon with a fine balance of technical explanation and artistic insight. Explaining the processes she goes through as she strives for fine art images seeking shadows and shapes and shifting forms, Suzanne proclaimed vehemently that, at the end of the day, the choices made are “up to me!”

The presentation of high-quality images ranged from simple shadows caught fleetingly at home or abroad, to ethereal reflections in water, car windows and sunglasses. A self -confessed, non expert in photographing wildlife, Suzanne notices and experiments with snails, slugs and slow worms spotted on walks when our eyes were elsewhere, and faithfully records the colour and forms of flowers and plants in her garden and elsewhere, that constantly catch her attention. The garden at home is an endless source of subject matter, and we were unusually treated to a selection of short black videos, captured on the night camera, recording badger, fox and deer that invade and enjoy when she is NOT looking!

Playing deftly with depth of field and intentional camera movement, Suzanne attends to detail in her decision making like no other, yet still manages the more conventional approaches to landscapes and composition with her dramatic skies over Dartmoor. Once again, we enjoyed an intriguing evening, sharing and commenting on the work of a talented colleague, who is an inspiration to us all, and a constant reminder of how important it is to break free from the constraints of our popular competitions, and have some fun practising what we love.

Next week we look forward to hearing and seeing the results of Picture of The Year and the outcome of the Witcombe Millenium Challenge for 2021. Members are reminded to look to their entries in the Shepton Snowdrop Festival as the deadline is the end of the month, and we eagerly await the Radstock Museum Exhibition featuring former Secretary, the late Mike Witcombe

Jenny Short 14.01.2022