Report of Bradford Photographic Society Meetings

The reports of the meetings held by Bradford Photographic Society

Thursday 23rd. November’s meeting was mysteriously entitled “Art of Metamorphosis”.

The session featured a presentation and demonstration of the work of award winning Pontefract photographer Andrea Hargreaves. As many may be aware Andrea was the most lauded entrant in last year’ YPU Exhibition with 11 Acceptances, 2 Awards and 5 Certificates of Merit.

Our first Critique evening of the year on 23 November was well supported with 75 images submitted by 16 members. It was well attended too. Although one members could not be present to hear the comments on his pictures, the views expressed were still constructive and helpful to everyone else.

'Norfolk Old Grocery Store' by Graeme Mitchell

Our visit to the Bradford Astronomical Society's Observation Site at Sconce Lane on 2 November was not favoured with good weather. Contrary to the optimistic weather forecast,  the cloud was almost continuous, allowing us only a few fleeting glances of the moon.

12th October's meeting saw an interesting talk on the often lauded photographers paradise of Cuba. Ex-BPS president Paul Richards had entered a competition run by a leading UK photography magazine to win an all expenses paid photographer-led trip to Cuba.

                     Havana Harbour

Paul had long forgotten entering the competition when he got an email saying he had won a prize and giving a contact number.  As would all sensible people, Paul put it straight into the trash bin fearing an obvious scam. Later a follow up phone call from a leading photography tour company convinced him that he had indeed won a fabulous trip to Cuba.


Our first practical evening of the year was on 28 September when the club took on Still Life. With a total of five still life set-ups provided, there was a reasonable choice and space for everyone to have ago at each one.

21st September saw our first speaker of this session. Paul Richardson, whose work can be admired on YouTube, has been involved in time-lapse for some time, working professionally in the field for the last four years. He came all the way from Manchester to spread the time-lapse gospel to an eager Bradford PS audience.

Our second meeting of the new session, on 14 September, was held at the Silkwood Studios in Cleckheaton. Despite a good turn-out, with some discipline imposed, everyone had a fair go at photographing the model in each of her three outfits and set-ups using the studio lighting. Inevitably everyone tried available-light shots too.

'Rushpast' by Steve Swiss

Our first meeting of the new session, on 7 September, was very well attended. There was an impressive number of potential new members, a number of whom had brought their summer images to show.

Combined with the images already submitted by members into the Dropbox, we had about 200 images to show. Tom Heggie's suggestion of using half of each person's images was shouted down and we set out to show the lot!

Image of the Year - 'Honister Pass' by Graham Binns

On 29 June our President, Rais Hasan LRPS LDPS, had a very busy evening!

Before the main business of the evening, he  acknowledged members' achievements in external competitions and qualifications during 2016-7:

·         David Hopkinson won the Mabel Bruce Trophy for the best Architecture print from the YPU

·         Graham Binns won a Certificate of Merit from the YPU

·         Kyle Smith became a Qualified Member of the Guild of Photographers

·         Rais, himself, was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society

The club trophies were then presented.

The Trophies

'Plug Hole' by Graeme Mitchell

On 22nd June, we saw the results of our June Project. Of the five teams who started out on this project, four produced final results with imaginative sets of images for some very difficult topics. Each team explained their approach and the background to each image. After careful consideration by the members present, a vote gave a clear victory  to Team 2 - Zulfi Ali and Graeme Mitchell for their set on the topic of  'Aperture'.

A new endeavour began at the 1 June meeting when we set up the June Project. Intended to take advantage of our extended season this year, the Project involves teams each preparing a slide show on a theme. These will be judged against each other on 22 June by the club members.

Teams and themes were drawn from a 'hat' and the results were:-

On 4th May Andy Withey started the meeting with a short introduction to Instagram where BPS will now have a presence.

Then some of the potential of the ‘PicturestoExe’ programme was demonstrated by Peter Sykes. While many other programmes exist, this remains the most powerful and workmanlike tool for creating a completely self-contained audio-visual presentation that does not need another programme to run.