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Pictured: Hands Off by David Trout LRPS

                                                        Hands off by David Trout LRPS

Club Night News: 21st September

Members’ Night: image appraisals, Jed Wee ARPS

The idea of looking at pictures in a non competitive environment came from members and this was the second one, led this time by Jed Wee, acclaimed pro photographer, lecturer and judge. Not easy to pull off with such a large group, we were treated to an amazing variety of work, expertly critiqued by Jed who generated lively responses from the appreciative audience. Something completely different – well done all

Northern Counties International Salon of Photography: early results

Acceptances success for DPS members: Angy Ellis has one, Tony Mearman has two, Mark Petherbridge has two and Neil Maughan has nine. Well done all! Full results will be on the NCPF website soon

Assignments

Next Assignment: this Saturday 23rd September; Assignment Preston Park Museum and Grounds, meeting in the car park at 10.00 am. See recent NewsBlog here

Latest DPS Exhibitions: Durham Town Hall – call for prints

Right in the heart of Durham City – Mike Boult is organising two. For October he needs good, mounted prints 20×16” or 40×50 cm at the club by next week 28th September. It’s an open exhibition so photographers’ choice of subject. The other is themed Into the Light to tie in with Lumiere Durham during November. See previous NewsBlog here

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk

There will be a Durham walk as part of the official Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 7th October and it will be led by our own Tony Mearman. Don’t miss being part of this global opportunity. To find out more and sign up, go here

Next Digital Night

Wednesday 4th October, it will be studio based. Space is limited so Digi Night regulars will have first call. Dave Murrell is organising

Print Secretary vacancy

Put something back and enjoy the huge benefits of volunteering! Speak to Peter Walton to find out more

NCPF Lecturers List – you could be on it!

This is one of the main ways that club programme secretaries can contact potential visiting lecturers from the NCPF circuit. The list is currently being updated. Any DPS member that would like to be on the list can contact Mike Boult in the first instance (address in the back of your printed programme)

Competition Countdown

Next closing date is for 3rd Progress Prints next week Thursday 28th September followed by Digital and George Samuel Trophies 26th October and, concluding the 2017 season, Valente Cup 2nd November

Note: Competitions Secretary Ian Peele is away 13th to 24th September but will acknowledge receipt of any images received on his return

Hot Dates

This weekend: DPS Assignment Preston Park, and Sunderland Pride. Coming soon: York Balloon Festival, Masham Sheep Fair and more. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 28th September

We welcome back the very talented and enterprising Andy Martin, this time with After Dark: Night Photography on Film

Pictured: Waving by Tony Mearman LRPS CPAGB AFIAP, organiser of the Durham UK section of the Scott Kelby 2017 Worldwide Photo Walk , and Tony in Brick Lane, London

Tony Mearman    Waving. Tony Mearman LRPS CPAGB AFIAP

New Durham PS Exhibitions, Durham Town Hall

From Mike Boult

This autumn we have two new exhibitions in the Durham Town Hall entrance gallery, one during October and the other for the month of November.

The October exhibition is an open one with no theme so you can enter any of your favourite images (one per member). The closing date for entering prints is next Thursday 28th September.

The November exhibition has the theme, ‘Into the Light’. Lumiere Durham light festival takes place 16th to 19th November, attracting many thousands of visitors, so our friends at the Town Hall are keen to have a theme to reflect this important event. If you have pictures from previous ‘Lumiere’ events it would be great to show them. But of course any images you have which are to do with light would be acceptable.

In both cases prints need to be on mounts 20x16ins or 40x50cms. Your name and image title need to be on the back of the print. Print boxes will be at the back of the hall on club nights

Find out more about Lumiere Durham here

Pictured: Lumiere Durham 2015 in the Market Place by Alan Sharp (Town Hall is to the right)

                                                          Lumiere 1. Alan Sharp

Portraits from the North East: Musicians – September 2017 update

By John Cogan ARPS

The latest project from Portraits of the North East, following on from the original portraits of people making a significant contribution to the region and the follow up featuring craftspeople, the PftNE collective have moved on to musicians. PftNE founder John Cogan has written an article updating on progress so far. Here is an extract:

“The current Portraits from the North East project, North East Musicians, continues apace. Recent shoots have captured the work of jazz, brass and chamber groups. Three different genres of music sharing a common venue: Ushaw College. Each these shoots have had a four-way outcome: images for Ushaw’s use; selected ones for the performers’ own use; images for the Project’s eventual exhibition and/or the online display and, lastly, photographs for me to work on for my own portfolio.

Anyone who has photographed musicians will appreciate that they all share a common love of music. Very few make shed-loads of money but they are happy to be out there, in the limelight, lost in the shared joy of performing. It is this quality that makes photographing them a pleasure to photograph. Their relationship to music and their commitment to being the best musically that they can adds a sparkle to the photos, gifting every image with passion. The good thing about photographing at Ushaw College is that there is very little separating the musicians from their audience; and the audiences tend to be very knowledgeable. This relationship with the audience adds to the magic. The people, who pay their money to come and see them perform, become witnesses (even pilgrims) rather than mere casual guests. “

Read the whole, fascinating article, including technical insights on photographing musicians, and see more pictures, on the Articles page (which has many articles by DPS members including one on John Cogan and PftNE by David Trout LRPS here

Pictured: From the Buck Clayton Legacy Band… Matthias Seuffert on Tenor Sax, Martin Litton on piano by John Cogan ARPS

                                                         From the Buck Clayton Legacy Band... Matthias Seuffert on Tenor Sax, Martin Litton on piano

Club Night Preview: 21st September:

Members’ Night: images appraised by Jed Wee ARPS

This will be a lively critique of members’ images night led by Jed Wee ARPS as only he can and no doubt with spontaneous contributions from the audience. Only organiser Ian Peele knows what pictures have been submitted. Everyone else, including Jed, will first see what has been submitted on the night

It will be fascinating to see the work chosen by our multi talented members, and discussed in a non competitive environment

Something different (if you include the Jed Factor) and something to enjoy … Don’t miss

Reminders: print boxes will be out for 3rd Progress Print competitions, Durham Town Hall exhibition, and prints to be collected from the Annual Exhibition

Also time to join the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 7th October in aid of The Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage. This is the 10th Anniversary and for the first time there will be a Durham walk led by our own Tony Mearman LRPS CPAGB AFIAP and open to all. Find out more and sign up here

Pictured: Handing Off by Jed Wee ARPS (The evening will be in a non competitive environment but competitiveness might be depicted!)

                                                           Handing Off. Jed Wee ARPS

Assignment Preston Park

From David Forster

The next assignment is Saturday 23rd September to Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, TS18 3RH

Please meet in the car park at 10.00 am when the Assignment Challenge of the day will be announced. All members and guests welcome

Learn more about Preston Park Museum & Grounds, and the many attractions, here

Pictured: Preston Park by Alyson Shields

                                                          Alyson Shields. Preston Park 4

e-news from the PAGB Issue 191: you have to be in it to win it

Issue 191 features more on the Masters of Print competition:

5 pictures on A3

3 sections

20+ prizes

10 PAGB medals

5 weeks to enter on line

Plus news of the Inter-club Print Championship, FIAP World Cup and more – here

NB The best way to receive FREE e-news is by email. Easily done by registering at http://www.pagbnews.co.uk

Hon Editor: Rod Wheelans MPAGB MFIAP FRPS FIPF HonPAGB HonSPF

Club Night News: 14th September

Des Clinton FRPS MFIAP FIPF: An Evening with …

Des Clinton never disappoints. Five years after his last visit to Durham he was as fresh as ever. And as a special treat we saw again some images from last time including his Masters FIAP panel, People of Maramures area of Romania. As well we saw collection after collection, ranging from travellers to religious gatherings to music and dance festivals, and even from inside a nunnery (only Des Clinton …) and every one absolutely superb. And to finish, a complete change of pace, everything hitherto being about very much about people, a collection of his accomplished Natural History photographs

Des is a photographer’s photographer that has great appeal also to the wider public and plenty to say about how to create good photography. Many, if not all, present, will be much more alert to what is in the background every time, even more conscious of the rewards of engaging, even more aware of the impact of mono on mood and atmosphere, the benefits of wide angle lenses, of documenting, of keeping things simple but aiming for great story telling

His delivery to us was as infectious, good humoured and personable as ever and you can clearly see why the people he meets as a photographer warm to him. It’s fair to say that this was an exceptional master class, with an appreciative, responsive audience.

We can thank Jane Black, Chair of the Northern Counties International Salon of Photography, and Programme Secretary Paul Ritchie for organising this momentous event and it was good to see members of the Northern Counties team and supporters in the audience, including judges Dave Coates and Peter Gennard, both previous and future lecturers at Durham PS!

More about the Northern Counties International Salon is here

Des Clinton’s MFIAP panel, People of Maramures Area of Romania, is on the FIAP website here

For those inspired to photograph fungi this Autumn, there are a plethora of guides including, from ephotozine here

Members’ Image Appraisal Night – call for more pictures

Something completely different, it will be a night of critique and appraisal from a non-competitive point of view by Jed Wee ARPS AFIAP next week 21st September. Still time to submit two pictures but hurry! More information is here

Ian is away for part of September (see Competition Countdown below) but will acknowledge safe receipt of any images on his return

Print Secretary vacancy

A chance to put something back and enjoy the huge benefits of volunteering! Speak to Peter Walton to find out more

NCPF Lecturers List – you could be on it!

This is one of the main ways that club programme secretaries can contact potential visiting lecturers from the NCPF circuit. The list is currently being updated. Any DPS member that would like to be on the list can contact Mike Boult in the first instance (address in the back of your printed programme)

Latest DPS Exhibition: Durham Town Hall – call for prints

Right in the heart of Durham City – Mike Boult is organising – needs good, mounted prints 20×16” or 40×50 cm at the club by 28th September latest. It’s an open exhibition so photographers’ choice of subject

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk

There will be a Durham walk as part of the official Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 7th October and it will be led by our own Tony Mearman. Don’t miss this global opportunity. To find out more and sign up, go here

Next Digital Night

Wednesday 4th October, County Hall 6.30 pm. Details to follow

Assignments

Coming soon – Assignment Streets of Brass gallery on the Assignments page here

Next Assignment will be announced soon, details to follow

Competition Countdown

Last chance for the 3rd Progress PDI competitions is midnight tonight followed by 3rd Progress Prints 28th September

Note: Competitions Secretary Ian Peele is away 13th to 24th September but will acknowledge receipt of any images received on his return

Hot Dates

Coming soon: Sunderland Pride, York Balloon Festival, Masham Sheep Fair and more. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 21st September

It’s by popular demand; it’s Members Night with pictures appraised as only he can by Jed Wee ARPS. We can look forward to a lively, participative night and a great selection of members’ pictures

Pictured: from the Durham PS Memorial Summer School Still Life night – the Dave Murrell Egg Challenge by Alan Sharp (see also the gallery of pictures in the Group section of Members Galleries )

Alan Sharp. Egg Challenge 01  Alan Sharp. Egg Challenge 03  Alan Sharp. Egg Challenge 04

              Alan Sharp. Egg Challenge 02              Alan Sharp. Egg Challenge 05

Photography News Issue 48:

Edited by Will Cheung FRPS:

Issue 48: features the new Nikon D850, on location people pictures guide, first tests and more and it’s here

There will also be some high quality hard copies at the club to share around and pass on

You can also register to read Photography News on the new Photography News website here

Pictured: Sam by Barrie Forbes on location at DPS Summer School

                                                                              Barrie Forbes 10

Club Night Preview: 14th September: Des Clinton’s back in Town!

Des Clinton FRPS MFIAP FIPF (Ireland): An Evening with …

In a change to our printed programme, Des Clinton returns to Durham PS. The good news as well is that we won’t have to wait long for Edward Forster and Mick Howe from Whickham, previously in this slot. They will be with us 12th October – yet another night to look forward to!

Des Clinton is from Ireland and a hugely popular and acclaimeded figure in the photography world. He is in the North East as one of the selectors for the 38th the Northern Counties International Salon of Photography. Our own Joe Grabham is one of the elite support crew

Des was last at Durham PS in 2012 and what a night that was! This too will be a night to remember – don’t miss!

Des Clinton is a Fotospeed lecturer link

Reminder: join the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 7th October! The Durham section will be led by our own Tony Mearman LRPS CPAGB AFIAP. Find out more and sign up: link

Pictured: Des Clinton in Newcastle, 2012 by Tony Griffiths

Des Clinton and new friend, Newcastle. Tony Griffiths Des Clinton at the CoMusica arches 2012. Tony Griffiths Des Clinton FRPS at the Side Gallery with Dean Chapman. Tony Griffiths