Club Night News: 5th October

Ian Weldon: Photography at Weddings

This was an exceptional night that more than lived up to its billing. Ian Weldon is Durham born, now living in Newcastle, and a photographer at weddings with a worldwide reputation. Crucial to him as a photographer and artist is his back story of his life as a child and the making his way in the world which he shared with us. Influenced by Martin Parr, William Eggleston and many other artists and photographers, he has become a top flight documentary photographer. His mantra seems to be “Practise, self awareness, study”. He travels light with often just a Fuji XPro 2 with 27mm equivalent fixed focal length lens and flashgun – working really close, always set on manual and camera ready in any situation. Add to that a tremendous energy and ability to connect with people and you have a winning, inspirational story

Ian’s website and blog are in Useful Links on the Members page and here

More about William Eggleston is here

More about Jan van Eyck and The Arnolfini Portrait is here

DPS Exhibitions: Durham Town Hall

Organised by Mike Boult, an open exhibition of members prints will be set up on Monday 9th October and be on for the rest of the month. To follow, Into the Light to tie in with Lumiere Durham will be on during November. Print box is out for entries. See earlier NewsBlog here

PftNE Craftspeople exhibition

Now on in a superb setting at Ushaw College (which, by the way, has an excellent cafe and many other attractions). See earlier NewsBlog here

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk

Not too late to join the Durham walk as part of the official Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk Saturday 7th October. Open to all, not just DPS members, it will be led by our own Tony Mearman. You can turn up on the day at 10.00 a.m by the Town Hall steps in the Market Place, or, to find out more and sign up, see earlier NewsBlog here


The Assignment #61 Streets of Brass gallery has been posted on the Assignments page which is now in Galleries here

Assignment Preston Park Museum and Grounds review meeting, date tba. Meantime, send your 8 digital images to David Forster

Next: Assignment Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Saturday 21st October 10.a.m


Next outing, Wednesday 18th October Heug Battery Museum. Details are here

Next Digital Night

Wednesday 1st November, County Hall

Print Secretary vacancy

Put something back and enjoy the huge benefits of volunteering! Speak to Peter Walton to find out more

NCPF Lecturers List – you could be on it!

This is one of the main ways that club programme secretaries can contact potential visiting lecturers from the NCPF circuit. The list is currently being updated. Any DPS member that would like to be on the list can contact Mike Boult in the first instance (address in the back of your printed programme)

NCPF Judge Recruitment Seminar

Sunday the 25th February 2018 between 10am and 4pm, closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 31st January 2018.

More information is in the previous NewsBlog

Competition Countdown

Next closing date is for Digital and George Samuel Trophies 26th October and, finally in the 2017 season, Valente Cup 2nd November

3rd Progress: four other trophies soon to be decided on results nights – 3rd Progress PDI 19th October, 3rd Progress Prints 2nd November.

   DPS Website Watch: for Progress points so far, check out Progress Competitions – Points 2017 , and have a look at Progress and Trophy Stage Winners so far, both in Competitions Results 2017 on the Competitions page

Hot Dates

This weekend: Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk Saturday, RPS LRPS Assessment Day Sunday. Coming soon Pickering Wartime Weekend. Mike Boult’s Hot Dates page has links here

Next Meeting: Thursday 12th

We welcome Edward Forster ARPS and Mick Howe of Whickham PC with As Long as it’s Black and White. Be prepared to enjoy!

Pictured: another shot of the PftNE Craftspeople exhibition set up team, Ian Peele, Peter Walton and Dave Murrell with (fortuitously!) the first visitor, Lady Elsie Robson

                                                             Ian, Peter and Dave with Lady Elsie Robson 1

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