Club Night News: 8th February 2018

Roger Coulam: Thinking Image

It was an outstanding presentation from Roger Coulam – and it certainly made you think. Kicking off with stupendous storm images, from Seaham Pier to right across the USA from his storm chasing days – they were breathtaking in colossal scale and danger.

Then followed superb documentary work, particularly from the Sunderland International Air Show, which has been a long term project. And it was the throngs of fabulous people, “a mad melting pot”, rather than the flying aircraft that featured. And the sheer amount of on the ground military imagery and artefacts in amongst the happy families … that made you think all right

Next we saw pictures from another long term project – the still highly polluted Blast Beach – and we were introduced to the huge collection of found objects that Roger has flat-bed scanned and made into extraordinarily beautiful “Pictograph” panels. Many of these undoubted works of art will be at the Side Gallery 17th to 26th March

Altogether, another great night at Durham PS that truly lived up to its billing and gave us food for thought:

“Stop and take in the experience”

“Listen to how you feel”

“Acknowledge your influences”

Many will have been influenced by Roger Coulam’s work and philosophy. Inspirational!

Roger’s website is in Websites of Visiting Lecturers in Useful Links and here

Roger’s exhibition at the Side Gallery in Newcastle: link

Spring Lake District Photography Weekend

New! The Jeff Teasdale Lakes Experience moves to Springtime – 25th to 27th May, staying at the ever popular Blencathra Centre. Jeff is taking bookings from now. There is a booking form with all the information you need at the club

2018 Membership no increase in fees for 2018!

Amazing value at only £40 for the year, £20 half year and £20 for Juniors, Students and Overseas members. Check out Programme Secretary Paul Ritchie’s great programme of events on the Programme page

New members are very welcome. You don’t have to pay up on your first night. You can learn all about us on the About page. Write to our President Peter Walton if you would like to know more via the Contact page

Annual Awards Presentation Dinner

Bowburn Hall Hotel, Friday 16th February – at this late stage email Mike Boult if you’d like to attend

Note: the 2018 Vice President’s Award for exceptional service to the Society will be announced by Dave Murrell


First outing in 2018 was to Newcastle Quayside at Night on Wednesday (Super Moon night). There was a high turnout of members and stunning photography produced. Check out SNAP n CHAT #9 (prepare to be amazed) in Galleries here

Assignments 2018

Pictures from the January Assignment are on the DPS Facebook Group page – members can go to Photos, Albums and January 2018 to view

The second all new Assignment is to Beamish, Living Museum of the North. This coincides with the Queens of Machines event. Saturday 17th February meeting at 10.00 am in the entrance cafe area. All members welcome

How to join DPS Facebook Group and vote for images is here

Durham PS Photography Challenge 2018

Intriguing objects for this year are see-through glass mannequin heads. Members can borrow one for a week at a time and use their photography skills to include them in photographs. Please return the following week. Chances are you’ll get another turn if not more if need be

There will be a members’ night showing your favourite results via the DPS Big Screen Experience, 15th November – The Society Challenge, Your Images on View

Images from the 2016 Crystal Ball Challenge are in a newly restored gallery here

DPS Botanic Garden Exhibition

This annual DPS event will be for the month of May this year. Hon Life Member Don Bennett DPAGB is organising. Room for 47 prints in 20×16 inch mounts which need to be in by 29th March. Sign up on the notice board to secure a place

Hot Dates

Coming next week – 16th and 17th February – Fire & Ice, Durham City. Hot Dates Blogger Mike Boult has been posting a fantastic array of events, dates and links of interest to photographers for Hot Dates 2018 for which we are all grateful. Email Mike (address in your printed Programme) if you have more.

Competition Countdown

Next closing date is Dunelm Trophy (best landscape anywhere PDI) and Leazes Bowl (best Portrait PDI), Thursday 22nd February

New for this year: Peter Walton’s set subject for the Fillingham Trophy is “The Moment”, and for the Sterling Award PDI, “Humour” … and 5 on a theme (rather than 5 or 6) in the Hon Members Cup (prints) and Digital Trophy (PDI). Details on the Competitions page and in your printed programme

Programme Change

April 5th – Alan McCormick has had to postpone because of an operation. Instead, Programme Secretary Paul Ritchie is organising a Members Night – five members, 15 minutes or so each. Priority is new members and those who have not shown their work on Members Nights previously. Contact Paul to book your place. Email address is in your printed programme

NCPF Competitions

The NCPF Annuals are now open for entries. Details are on the NCPF website here

The NCPF Club Championship is Sunday 18th February, all members welcome. More information is on the DPS Facebook group and will follow on this site soon

Next Meeting: Thursday 15th February

It’s the first competition results night of the year – 1st Progress Projected Digital Images. In a new innovation, judges are a Mr & Mrs … Alan and Mavis McCormick. Fresh new images, interesting judges’ commentary, excitement, drama … it’s got the lot!

Pictured: 1st Progress PDI section A 2017 winner Molly by Dale Wesley Hill, and section B winner Bright Eyes by Gail Elliott

                   Remembering Molly. Dale Wesley Hill. 1st 1st Progress A PDI                   Bright Eyes. Gail Elliott. 1st, 1st Progress B PDI

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