Snap n Chat #14 Models at the Hendon Graffiti Walls.

Twelve keen DPS members met outside the Made4thecage gym on a very pleasant day for photography.

We had 4 super models in Luke, Ashlee, Natalie & Steve, all bringing the right attitude to ensure we walked away with great shots. After splitting into 3 groups we wandered around the area, if you have never been as photographers I suggest you visit with or without a model as the street art is beautiful, we never even saw half of it.

We also had fun using the surrounding business who kindly let us use their premises when one of us had an idea. All the models had the techniques, poses and clothing, they were open to suggestions and made the day thoroughly enjoyable for all.

Obviously we finished at a local Café.

Watch out for the #14 Snap n Chat gallery that will follow soon.


Jack Gilmore 1935-2018

Jack Gilmore was one of Durham Photographic Society’s unsung heroes. A modest man with a keen sense of humour he was widely acknowledged by members at large to be a master of comic audio-visual presentations. For successive presidents he was also respected as the man who kept the weekly programmes running on shedule. He was our sound man responsible for miking up visiting speakers and judges and was always ready to remind the president when it was time to kick off the show. And when he felt tea breaks were in danger of over-running he would prompt the president it was time to quit chatting and get back to business.

A long time member of DPS West Cornforth-born Jack’s keen interest in film and movie photography was sparked by a shop window advert for an assistant cinema projectionist at his local picture house when he was still fresh from school. Working in the projection room Jack’s interest led to his home produced movies and pictures, and eventually to his hilarious send ups of movie ‘trailers’ for DPS AV shows.

His main job was with Durham County Council Education Department and because of his photographic skills he was appointed visual aids officer and had to produce films and photos for the authority. This led to many slide shows for local organisations and various youth clubs.

Jack worked in a number of roles for Durham County Council and at the time of his retirement he was administrative officer for Durham Police Authority

National Service saw him with the RAF in Egypt during the Suez Crisis. His family back home were alarmed when they discovered this meant he had to carry a gun at all times despite a serious arm injury he sustained in a fall when he was 11 that meant he had no chance of him ever hitting the right target.

They were also amused that he had the job of driving an RAF bus in Egypt despite being blessed with an eratic sense of direction.

Jack was married to Hazel more than 50 years ago and their home was in Coxhoe close to his West Cornforth birthplace. Both were devoted members of the local Methodist Church community and he played a major part in the planning of a new chapel building a few years ago. Jack wrote many of the annual pantomime scripts at the church and also appeared as Dame on numerous occasions.

It was in the new St Andrews Methodist Church at Coxhoe that Jack’s funeral took place on Thursday June 7, followed by commital at Durham Crematorium. Minister the Rev Susan Richardson conducted the services. The church was crowded with devoted family and friends and mourners were led by his widow Hazel and children Andrew, Alison and Kathryn and Jack’s grandson Jack.

DPS was represented by John Attle, Tony Grriffiths, Janet Thackray and me.

Jack Gilmore was a lovely man whose quiet charm and dry humour endeared him to many.

David Trout

Jack Gilmore by Jack Gilmore

From the NCPF

Events for the season 2018-19 have now been arranged as follows:-

Awards Presentation Day :-  Sunday November 25th. 2018 Commencing 1.00pm

Club Championship Competition:- Sunday February 24th. 2019 Commencing 12 Noon

NCPF Annuals Competition:- Friday/Saturday  April 5th /6th. 2019

All the above events will be held at Clara Vale Village Hall, South View, Clara Vale, Ryton NE40 3SY

Details  regarding Rules & Submission dates  for the competitions will be announced nearer the dates.

e-news from the PAGB 209:

e-news 209: Results from the Awards for Photographic Merit in Audio Visual, news of an APM Advisory Workshop, and much more…here

e-news 209 extra: features ALL the FIAP Distinctions achieved this year, under the auspices of the PAGB. Including the very First EFIAP Diamond 3!….here

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2nd Progress Print Section B Results

Judge: Malcolm Blenkey

First – Graduation Day by Veronica Barker


Second – Mill Pond by David Chisholm


Third – Kenwood House by Veronica Barker


Fourth – Manhattan Skyline by Martin Stobbart


Fifth – Quarry Reflections by Ronald Craig Williams


Highly Commended – Hannibal by Derrick Hopper

Updated Points Tables on Competitions tab, “Competitions Results 2018”

2nd Progress Print Section A Results

Judge: Malcolm Blenkey

First – Big Steps by Joe Grabham








Second – Red Deer in Snow by Michael Watson







Third – John the Bus Driver by Tony Mearman










Fourth – Family Gathering by Joe Grabham








Fifth – Freisians by John Race









Highly Commended – Weardale View by Tony Mearman







Highly Commended – The Witching Hour by George Hodgson












Highly Commended – Rough with the Smooth by Kevin Alderson







Highly Commended – Impressions of Georgia by George Hodgson







Updated Points Tables on Competitions tab, “Competitions Results 2018”

Jack Gilmore

We have just received the very sad  news of the death of Jack Gilmore on 26th May. Jack was our “sound” man, but he will be remembered by many for his hilarious AV’s.

Our thoughts are with Hazel and family at this sad time.

Photo Angy: DPS Presentation Dinner


50th Anniversary of Washington Camera Club

From Washington Camera Club
This year is the 50th Anniversary of Washington Camera Club.

The following events have been planned that your club members may be interested in attending:-


The opening evening of the clubs anniversary exhibition.

7:00pm for 7:30pm.

This Exhibition will run until Friday 13th July.



Biddick Lane,


NE38 8AB.


© Joe Cornish

This highly regarded landscape photographer will present an AV/Print talk of his work.

Entry is by TICKET ONLY.



Biddick Lane,


NE38 8AB.

To book tickets for ‘An evening with Joe Cornish‘, contact the Arts Centre Washington Box Office on:-

Telephone: 0191 561 3455

Web site:

An Evening With Joe Cornish.

@ Arts Centre Washington

An evening with Joe Cornish 6 July 2018,

7.30pm. Tickets £12.00


Wednesday 6th June 6:30 pm County Hall.
I thought we would go back to basics and cover Exposure and Metering settings and touch on composition.
Hopefully this will compliment Tony’s presentation on the 31st.
Don’t forget to bring your own images for critique.
If there is anything that you want covering on future evenings please let me know.

Thank you