EXHIBITION NEWS – The Durham Snow Series

Now showing in the Entrance to the Town Hall, Durham, a selection of images of Durham in the snow by DPS President, Alan Stott MA ARPS
This series of ten images are a record of one particular day, the 29th of December 2005, with the City under a blanket of white. Alan says, “It was a magical morning; the snow lay heavy on the branches and the sun began to appear as we made our way round the back of the Cathedral and over Prebends Bridge. Ideal conditions for photography”.

Photo. Alan Stott MA ARPS


Durham Photographic Society members have long known fellow member Joyce Hedley as an accomplished and successful photographer and digital worker. That Joyce, now 81, only took up photography at the age of 70, never having used a computer or digital SLR camera before, proved to be of great public interest following her exhibition, Autumn, at Clayport Library in Durham. With articles in several newspapers and a news item on BBC Radio Newcastle, now Joyce’s story can be seen on the BBC Wear website:
Joyce acknowledges the encouragement and support of fellow member and friend, Ruth Thornton who has been a film, and now top end digital SLR, worker for many years and the help of Mavis Ord, George Holland and others in all things Photoshop. To paraphrase Tony Benn’s father, she has entered “A blaze of Autumn Sunshine” and cannot imagine life without photography.

Fillingham Trophy 2010

I have chosen conte jour, or photographing against the light, as the subject for next year’s Fillingham Trophy competition. The art of contre jour is a photographic technique so is not specific to any one category of photography such as landscape, wedding, sport, natural history or portraiture. It means that all photographers, regardless of their particular interests, can enter with an equal chance of winning.
The rules are simple; as in other competitions up to three digital images of the size specified in the programme, can be entered. The pictures must be taken between the date of the annual general meeting which took place on Thursday November 12 2009 and the closing date next May. The competition will be judged in June. The precise dates will be published in the 2010 programme available from our first meeting in January.
There is one change from past years. As the one who chose the subject I will personally judge the competition instead of inviting a judge from another club to do so.
I will be looking for top class photographic technique and, equally, artistic interpretation.

David Trout, president elect.


Volunteer members of the Society were once again privileged to be able to document in still photography, for the veterans of the Durham Light Infantry, the events around Remembrance Sunday in the City of Durham – including the laying of the wreath at the DLI Memorial Garden at the cathedral, the marching through the City, the march past in the Market Place and the Mayor’s Reception in the Town Hall.
For many years there has been an enjoyable and productive relationship between the Society and the DLI Association, led by Society member John Attle (pictured). Over time, many thousands of images, from many DLI events have been supplied for the use and archives of the DLI Association. DPS members are delighted to be able to deploy their photography skills for the wonderful veterans of the DLI.

Photo …T Griffiths.

Photo….J Attle. Photo…N Maughan

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Annual VC Stone Ceremony

DPS members have, for several years, photographed events for the DLI Association for their archives and for the enjoyment of their DLI Veteran members. On Sunday 1st November there was the annual remembrance of DLI Victoria Cross holders at the DLI Museum. For the first time the weather prevented the ceremony from been held at the VC Stone and it was held in the DLI Museum. Major Chris Lawton MBE laid a wreath from the “Faithful” Inkerman Dinner Club at the Victoria Cross Stone.
Remembrance Sunday is on Sunday 8th November. Any DPS members who would like to contribute to the photographic record of the gathering and ceremonies around Durham Cathedral should contact John Attle.


Photo J Attle

Photo T Griffiths

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DPS members, along with hundreds of enthusiast photographers from other clubs, enjoyed a great day out at Whitby on Saturday 31st October during the Goth Festival, all striving for something different and original (quite a challenge!). No doubt we will see the results in competitions and portfolio groups for some time to come.

All Photos Neil Maughan.
Stephen brings his own Goth(DaughterSam)!

Angy enters into the spirit

Gang of Three


Over 30 brave people walked barefoot across blazing embers for a St Cuthbert’s fundraising event in Durham’s Market Place last night. Volunteer members of the Society were on hand to capture the scenes for St Cuthbert’s. A good relationship between the Hospice and the Society has built up over the last year and we look forward to applying our photography skills for them at many events in the future.

Photo J Attle

St Cuthbert’s Hospice.

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DPS member Jim Horne’s first solo photography exhibition was previewed on 23rd October at the Spennymoor Settlement, O’Hanlon Street, Spennymoor. A large crowd enjoyed the landscape and wild life photography on show. Prints are for sale with proceeds in aid of the Tudhoe Methodist Chapel renovation fund. Jim, a retired development engineer who only took up photography again recently, said “It was becoming a member of the Durham Photographic Society that gave me the confidence to take on the challenge and I’m very pleased with the response of the public”
Exhibition is on until the end of October
Photo Tony Griffiths.