Club Night News: 14th April

Robert Fulton MPAGB MFIAP BPE5*: “Mainly Landscapes”

It was an evening jointly presented with the RPS Northern Region and it was good to see friends from the RPS joining the absolutely packed house for Robert Fulton’s lecture, including Jane Black who was instrumental in persuading Robert to come to the North East. We are forever in Jane’s debt!

We were all treated to an exceptional evening of breathtaking landscapes from Scotland, Norway and Yellowstone (projected onto our new screen to glorious effect) with the added delight of having exquisitely printed and mounted pictures (crafted by Robert himself) all around the room

Robert’s love of first light was infectious and many more of us will be happily setting off before dawn, with wellington boots (sometimes you have to get in the water for the best shot) and coffee (there’s a lot of waiting for the light) in the car. Visitor numbers to the Trossachs National Park, Lofetan Islands and Yellowstone will rocket after this

And who will ever forget the incredible story behind the presentation of the Al-Thani Grand Prix Award for Photography 2013? Anecdote of the year so far!

To at least in part re-live the experience, Robert Fulton’s website is here and in the visiting lectures section of Useful Links

Assignment Beamish Museum

Assignment Beamish Living Museum of the North on Saturday 9th April coincided with the Beamish Great War Steam Fair and proved to be a great day out. Beamish is on a roll! link

The follow up review date and next Assignments outing will be announced soon. Meantime send your 8 PDI sized images for the Assignment Beamish gallery to David Forster as soon as you can

Digital Nights

Organised by Brian Blake, the next Digital Night 4th May will be at Alan Clarke’s studio but spaces are limited. Then back to County Hall for 8th June. Coming soon: the all new DPS Memorial Summer School of practical photography and processing on Thursday nights through August.

Annual Exhibition

The jewel in our crown, the DPS Annual Exhibition will be in the North Aisle of Durham Cathedral during August. It’s a major showcase of our collective talent that will be viewed by thousands from all over the world. One, or two, prints per member (your choice). You need to put your name down on the notice board to be sure of a place and to let Alan Sharp know your prints are coming. The print box is already out on club nights so bring in as soon as you can.

Our permanent exhibition (prints changed quarterly) at Dryburn Hospital (UHND) on the first floor near ENT continues. Other exhibitions in the pipeline include Durham Town Hall and Locomotion, Shildon NYM

The Great Crystal Balls Challenge

The balls (there are two) are still being juggled between members as the creative imagination takes off! All can take a turn (or more) for a week at a time. There will be an evening of looking at the pictures 8th December. It’s not a competition (!) … to find out what it is all about see NewsBlog 2016 here we come!

Member’s Galleries 2016

Currently has 51 galleries including superb ones on themes or projects. All members welcome to take part. How to enter is on the Members Galleries 2016 page itself which is here

Night Sky organised trip – April

Imminent! Sandra Hewittson is organising a night sky outing for members this month. Put your name down on the notice board or better still contact Sandra via the DPS Facebook group and be ready at a moment’s notice for the call!

Lakes Weekend – October

Enjoy the Jeff Teasdale Experience – 2 nights, 3 days photography, 21st to 23rd October staying at the Blencathra Centre. Jeff can tell you more and book you a place. Highly recommended

This Weekend

Horses at War is at Beamish this weekend 16th and 17th . It’s bound to be popular so get there early to avoid queues. This and many more summer events are listed on the Hot Dates page here

Next Week

And now for something completely different: Andy Martin with “The Silver Sunbeam, Wet Collodion Photography in the 21st Century”. This could well be one of the hits of 2016 so don’t miss!

Plus: it’s closing date for 2nd Progress PDI entries. If you’ve started with 1st Progress be sure to enter all three. If you missed 1st Progress, still pile in – you could still win (not that that’s the main point!)

Pictured: Anguished of Marsaxlokk, Malta by Peter Jackson – from his Members Gallery here

                                                  Anguished, of Marsaxlokk, Malta. Peter Jackson

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