From David Trout
Durham Photographic Society stages another major exhibition in the New Year – at the Locomotion railway museum, Shildon. And we want as many of our members as possible to be represented.
As our annual exhibition is being staged in the Cathedral plans for On Track in January are already being drawn up.
This comes as a direct result of our last Assignment there in January this year which coincided with an exhibition of general photography by Bishop Auckland Photographic Society. Our members agreed on the day – We could do that.
The initial approach to Locomotion – an outreach of the world famous National Railway Museum at York – met with a positive response and your Vice President Peter Walton, Brian Blake and I met Pam Porter, their events officer
The decision was to create a themed exhibition – based on the North East’s railway heritage and in particular the role played in promoting this at Shildon. We aim to select a wide variety of subject matter within the locomotion brief to put on a quality show of between 40 and 50 images.
We could easily provide sufficient photos from our two Assignment Group meets there, in 2014 and in January of this year, but there have been so many other photo opportunities at Shildon including the Mallard celebrations from 2012-2014 involving all six surviving engines of the A4 class and last month’s appearance there of the newly restored Flying Scotsman.
And of course not just at Shildon; an increasing number of mainline charter trains using historic steam locomotives have been busy on the East Coast Mainline in addition to the photo opportunities offered at Beamish Museum, Tanfield Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Our exhibition will be set up in the week commencing 2nd January 2017 and will run until the middle of the week commencing 17th February. Museum staff will assist in erecting the show.
Our prints will be framed, as in the Cathedral exhibition, and the museum is prepared to host it as a selling exhibition, prints to be sold through the museum’s shop at a percentage to be agreed.
As with the Cathedral exhibition this show will be seen by a large number of people from all over the country and abroad
To make it a success we need DPS members to offer images for selection. Our aim is to create a wide ranging show. We know our members can produce prints of the highest quality but we will need a selection process to ensure an interesting and wide ranging display.
If you want to be involved please let us have a select few samples of your work either by e-mail to me on david.trout2(at)tiscali.co.uk or on disc/memory stick before September 12.
*DPS has an interesting link with Locomotion, it was jointly opened a few years ago by former Prime Minister Tony Blair along with none other than our own Marie Predki when she was chairman of Sedgefield District Council.
David Trout LRPS
Pictured: images by Mike Boult and Tom Heslop
More members’ images from Shildon Railway Museum (Assignments 29 & 46) are on the Assignments page here