Report of Bradford Photographic Society Meetings

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

We all look forward to our annual visit from Oliver Wright and we are never disappointed! 13 April was no exception, when we were treated to the story of his year, both photographically and personally. As ever, the images were absolutely stunning and the skill, dedication and passion that goes into making them shone through each one.

Our training evening on 6 April comprised a review of the print images that were hung in last year's Yorkshire Photographic Union Exhibition.

The DVD produced each year after the annual YPU exhibition is set up to allow each image to be studied individually allowing analysis and comment by club members.

On the 30 March we held the 156th Annual General Meeting of the Society, followed by a short presentation showing the images that do well in the Interclub competitions.

'No Backing Off' by Alex Daniel

The AGM saw two trusty officers standing down from the Club Council. Paul Richards stands down from the posts of YPU Representative and Publicity Secretary while Peter Sykes stands down from the Council but will continue as Webmaster. Gerry Gorman and Ian Thrilling were welcomed as new members of the Council.

Last night was the third of our print competitions. In the words of the judge Margaret Southerngton LRPS, "our members do get to to travel to all sorts of places."

Margaret also commented on the great range of images as is usual for the society.

The JW Murray Trophy was the first to be judged.

1st place went to Andy Withey with his picture of Victoria Gate Leeds (20 pts). "It has good shapes and tones, with detail even in the darker areas."

2nd went to GRaham Binns with his picture of "Keswick Clouds" (also 20 pts)

3rd went to Graeme Mitchell with his "Saltsburg Horses" (19 pts)

On 16 March we were privileged to hear a talk by Colin Harding, who was Curator of Photography and Phototechnology at the National Media Museum until last summer. He is now a humble student, he says, but he does not seem to have forgotten much!

It was an impressive lecture full of flashes of illumination (why is it called a camera?) to amusing asides. Apparently William Henry Fox Talbot, who was not known at the time by that name anyway, only developed his photographic process in response to the discovery that his new wife was a much better painter than he was. Not to worry, it was being invented independently by a number of others at the same time anyway! She referred to his original camera as a 'mousetrap'  and the name stuck (see header).

We started March with a very interesting training evening  on 2nd entitled  'How to Capture Birds'. Our speaker was Michael Myers, a member whose bird images have impressed club members and judges alike.

Only a day late,  we had our very own Burns Night on 26 January when Heather Burns came to talk to us about her work. Considering that she only started photography seriously four years ago Heather produces some terrific work in the rock music field that is published regularly in the magazines.

On 15 December a select band of members and partners gathered at Aagrah Midway for our annual Christmas Meal. It is certainly a popular venue  - most of us could not get into their carpark at 7pm. Fortunately there is plenty of overflow parking.

What a gem of a talk! On 8 December, David Pratt treated us to an illustrated talk about the photographic exploits of his father, Christopher Pratt  - yes, that Christopher Pratt of furniture fame. David followed the story outlined in his book entitled 'Christopher Pratt, Photographer', which is out of print but held in the Bradford Library, embellished with personal recollections of his father.

We hosted the Christmas-time traditional battle with Bingley Camera Club on 1 December this year. There was a change in format requiring 30 digital images from each club (instead of the usual 15 prints and 15 DPIs). As a result there was no official 'who is leading at the half way stage' announcement at the tea break and all the drama was kept to the end.

 

The 24th November saw a most unusual talk that was very well attended. Richard Hardcastle the Chief Anaplastologist at St Luke's hospital treated us to a talk on the subject of cosmetic prosthetics.

The meeting on 10 November was re-formatted at short notice as our Greenwood Trophy for Novices could not run for lack of entries. However there were plenty of entries for the Norman Stow Trophy for Architectural  Record prints. David Hopkinson won with his 'West Window, Ripon Cathedral' (see below) . Graham Mitchell came second with 'Historic Houses, Freudenburg, Germany' and David's 'Atlas Fountain, Castle Howard' was third. Continuing to stalk the winner, Graeme's 'Architectural Detail, Allianz Stadium, Munich' was highly commended. Our judge, Colin Williams, gave clear and constructive comments as well as scores. Our thanks to him for a very successful competition.