For this week’s meeting we were pleased to welcome some members of the Bristol-based Reflex Camera Club. They were spending the week photographing around Keswick and agreed to come along and show us some projected digital images from their club members. Their chairman, Maurice Thompson MBE, started off by showing us images of the club’s activities including studio portraiture and still life sessions in their meeting hall as well as models photographed on location in bars, stately homes and ancient monuments. There were also macro photographs of creepy crawlies taken in their hall and fighter planes taken at a local viewpoint where the photographer was at eye level with the aircraft on their training manoeuvres. Maurice continued by showng images of his own and from other club members who were not present for this Lake District outing.
We were then given short presentations of images by those members present, which proved to be very diverse and thoroughly enjoyable. Examples included landscapes of Machu Picchu in Peru, the Hobbit village in New Zealand where the Lord of the Rings films were made, the annual hot-air balloon festival in Bristol, the gardens of Stourhead and beach scenes local to Bristol and further afield.
Portraiture and people, both posed and candid, featured frequently and perhaps the most striking was an extremely creative series of selfie images in which the photographer was reproduced in various multiple guises and poses in the same image – a plane filled with himself as all the passengers and titled ‘I Wonder Who Is Flying The Plane’ illustrated the humour behind this approach. More familiar to the Keswick Society members were wildlife images of native bird species; less familiar were photos of pet rats! Alison Davies showed us a series of images of her many cocker spaniels (especially Otis, Tilly and Bazil) in various situations, including on the shores of Derwentwater
and which had featured in popular magazines and had won her numerous lucrative prizes.
Julie Kaye’s images took us under the seas to feature not only exotic colourful fish but also abandoned wrecks and their cargo on the seabed. All superbly photographed with her sophisticated underwater equipment.
After the break some members of Keswick Society showed the visiting club samples of our photography. Richard Jakobson led off with photos of Morocco, each one shown in colour and in monochrome and demonstrating how each format could be superior depending upon the subject matter.
Keith Snell followed on with landscape prints taken using intentional camera motion or mutiexposure techniques to create impressionistic effects.
Finally Ken Rennie showed landscape images which were based around minimalist compositions, demonstrating that less can definitely mean more in photographic artistry.