Club Night News: 13th April

An Evening with our own Assignment Group: an AV Extravaganza

And what a great show it was! Terrific photography by a large number of members beautifully projected via our state of the art equipment with an amazing, mood enhancing, sound track. Co producer John Carter selected images from 10 Assignments in 2016, no easy feat with thousands to choose from. Fellow producer David Forster spent many a happy hour crafting the AV as only he can. His music selection was a play list to die for. Clearly he is a music lover, in fact a music collector, as well as a photographer with an artist’s eye

John and David organise the Assignment outings and review nights, spend hundreds of hours creating the AVs … and still carried out their Mr Coffee and Mr Tea duties on the night … and enjoyed every minute. That’s volunteering DPS style!

Assignments have been going since 2010 if not before, providing unique collective photography experiences with great learning and social benefits and are open to all Durham PS members

Links to Pro Show Gold (as used by David Forster) , picturestoexe and Animoto (other software available) are in the Audio Visual section of new improved Useful Links here

Assignment Barford Raceway

And now for something really exciting! Next Assignment is to Barford Raceway Sunday 30th April meeting at 12.00/12.30 with the first race at 1.00 pm. All members welcome. See Assignments News here


Weather permitting, SNAP n CHAT #6 will be to the grounds and Deer Park of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland with live models, Wednesday 26th April. Meet at the Castle entrance gates 10.30 a.m. See SNAP n CHAT news here

Auckland Castle website is here

Digi Nights

The next meeting is Wednesday 3rd May 6.30 pm County Hall all members welcome. Details to follow

PftNE Craftspeople of the North Exhibition

Now on at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the ground floor pottery room until 2nd May. See opening event pictures here

See also John Cogan’s latest article on the subject is here

The touring Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize until 4th June link and Sunderland PA exhibition until 7th May link are also showing!

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

Set up is 1st May, 9.30 a.m. Volunteers needed for a very enjoyable experience (Don Bennett is organising). Posters are available for members to distribute locally. The exhibition is on for the month of May. More about the Durham University Botanic Garden is here

DPS UHND Exhibition

Our permanent display at the University Hospital of North Durham is due for a changeover at the beginning of June. Contact organiser Barry Armitage if you would like to show prints.

DPS Annual Exhibition

In Durham Cathedral, voted National Heritage Site of the Year by BBC Countryfile magazine ( link ). This will be for the month of August, around 100 prints. NB It will be an exhibition on the theme of “Treasures of the North”. More details will follow

Only in the North Bowes Museum competition

Last call! Closing date is 23rd April. More information is on the Notice Board and here

NCPF Beamish Weekend

20th to 21st May, will include a selling exhibition of members’ prints. More information is on the Notice Board and on the NCPF website here and Beamish website here

Lake District Photography Weekend

The Jeff Teasdale Lakes Experience is 3rd to 5th November. Staying at the Field Studies Council, Blencathra Centre for two nights Friday and Saturday. Only one place left!

AV Show Night

27th July – open to all members to show their Audio Visual slide shows. Aim for 3 to 5 minutes. David Forster is organising and can advise. Register an interest and start producing your AV now! If you need help, ask!

Competition Countdown

Next closing dates

– 2nd Progress PDI 20th April

– 2nd Progress Prints 4th May

Plus: only 62 days to the Fillingham! Set subject “Spirit of the North East

Check rules, including General Competition Rules, in your printed Programme or on the Competitions page of this website

Situations “Vacant”

There are always rewarding volunteering opportunities at Durham PS. Currently for instance:

We need a new Treasurer to take over from Dave Murrell who is also Vice President. Speak to Dave for more information

We’re looking for a member to join the sound engineering and projection team (The Lanternists). John Attle and Ian Peele can tell you more

We also need someone, ideally more than one, to be part of the Website team. Speak to Peter Walton, Dave Murrell or Tony Griffiths

If you would like to know about volunteering in general have a chat with General Secretary Mike Boult

This Weekend

Enjoy your Easter break! Perhaps taking a look at classic cars at Ryhope on Sunday. Take time to plan the rest of April, packed with events of interest to photographers, on Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page here

Next Meeting: Thursday 20th April

Paul Harris will be presenting “Brief Encounters”. Once you realise he’s a communicator of the essence of life, landscape and the human condition across the world you will really not want to miss this. For a tantalising preview, check out Paul’s website here

Plus, entries into 2nd Progress PDI need to be in to Ian Peele by midnight!

Note: the meeting 4th May will be at County Hall at the earlier start time of 7.00 pm due to St Oswalds being a polling station that night

Pictured: Barford Raceway by Alison Coatsworth AFIAP

      Barford Raceway 2012 Picture Alison Coatsworth        Picture Alison Coatsworth

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