From Peter Walton, January 2017
It is indeed an honour to be appointed President of Durham Photographic Society as we enter our 125th year of as a Society in this great City. Our Cathedral and Castle form a World Heritage Site which continues to provide a foundation for many aspiring photographers embarking on this most satisfying pastime; Photography.
I believe our success as a Society has a lot to do with the way we communicate with people, be it through our superb website, or simply the warm welcome our members provide to new faces as they come through the door on club evenings.
Our members’ photographic interests are broad and we try to reflect this in our programme of events. In terms of photographic skills, our membership covers all levels, from absolute beginners, to those who travel the world producing sensational images of people and places, flora and fauna.
For those of you who are already competent camera users, you can share your passion and knowledge with other like-minded folk. Whether your interest is sport, travel, people, landscapes, photo-journalism. In a Society of our size there are always plenty of other enthusiasts to compare experiences with.
Our programme for 2017 provides a great variety of lectures, presentations, competitions and exhibitions with meetings on most Thursday nights of the year. Practical instruction through our Digital Nights takes place once a month on a Wednesday evening, together with our Assignment Saturdays which provide an adventure in photography not to be missed!
You have joined one of the most progressive and friendly Photographic Societies in the North and we look forward to sharing the fun of photography with you this year.
Famous photographers throughout history have produced some incredible images that have stood the test of time, but it’s not only their photographs that are inspirational, their acute insights into the creative process have guided generations of photographers and shaped the way even today’s best photographers think about their subjects and scenes.
Each year the President chooses the subject for the Fillingham Trophy and this year I have chosen “The Spirit of the North East” which should provide plenty of thought to stimulate those shutter fingers as we enter 2017.
“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.” Alfred Stieglitz