Memorable Places, January 29th 2020

Our meeting of 29th January comprised of presentations by ten of our members of ten images, each with the theme of “Memorable Places”. This was organised by Julie Walker who had chosen the theme and had collated all our images.

Tony Marsh started off with photographs all taken one, still, morning last November walking through the woods near Manesty. Tony described how it was memorable for the morning light and the beautifully frosted trees and grasses:

 

Richard Jakobson also showed images taken in Cumbria. Clints quarry is an abandoned limestone quarry which is now a site of special scientific interest managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Richard showed images taken over recent years of the orchids, kestrels, buzzards, dragonflies and other wildlife to be seen there:

 

Ken Rennie’s Memorable place was Glen Affric in Scotland and he showed us a series of very atmospheric landscape images taken last October.  Several of his images were shot with very unusual light bathing the landscape before the sun had actually risen. There were also photographs of the River Affric demonstrating the colours of the autumn foliage:

 

Keith Snell photographs were memorable for him as they were taken in a location new to him, Liguria, Italy, and also because they were taken on a workshop aimed at honing his creative photographic skills. As well as slow shutter images of Ligurian seascapes there were also photographs combined together in a panel of four showing the varying colours and textures visible in a mountain stream:

 

Deborah Tippett also found Italy memorable, but in a slightly different context. She was travelling around Puglia on a back of a bike. Most of her photographs, by necessity, were taken with a small compact camera. She presented us a range of images from seascapes to ancient olive trees to Puglian villages to local architecture:

 

Italy certainly rated highly in the “memorable stakes” as the next presentation, by Carmen Norman, was of photographs taken on a trip to the Dolomites last October. Carmen showed us a series of landscape images which demonstrated to the full the exceptional beauty of the Dolomite mountains, particularly when shot in wonderful light. Of note was an image of a “fog bow” taken with Carmen’s silhouette centred beneath the bow and a background of the Dolomites in the morning light:

 

Alan Walker’s memorable place was much further afield in Alaska. The journey there involved travelling the final stage in a small plane, which from the photograph he showed us, appeared to be constructed from recycled tin cans and paper clips! The purpose of such a trek was to photograph grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Alan presented a series of photographs of bears and cubs on the seashore hunting for salmon and clams and also in meadow grassland:

 

Further still than Alaska is Hiroshima where Aline Hopkins went in the spring. This was primarily to photograph the cherry blossom but Aline reminded us that this year will be the 75th anniversary of the atom bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. She showed us images of the Memorial Park  including the iconic Genbaku Dome which is all that remains of a huge hall located there before the bombing. On a lighter note there were also several images of the also iconic, white cherry blossom:

 

The final two memorable places were both in South East Asia. Tom Stenhouse showed photographs taken on a trip from the south to the north of Vietnam. Tom told us he tried to capture the essence of the people of Vietnam as well as the environment they live in, both of which have been impacted by the decades of conflict prior to unification. His photographs included ancient fishing coracles, a barge scooping refuse out of the Mekong river, Vietnamese children in western dress with 4G smartphones:

 

Julie Walker’s images were from Tonié Sap, the largest freshwater lake in southeast asia. Julie’s photographs showed the people who live there and how they live. Due to the normally huge rise in water level in the wet season most live in houses built on stilts or built floating on brushwood rafts. Whilst presenting her images Julie commented on the serious threats to the area due to climate change and overfishing:

 

 

All of the images shown can be viewed on our gallery page:

Images entered into our 2019-2020 internal competitions