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Saturday 9th May saw the 116th Assembly of the Yorkshire Photographic Union. The event was hosted in Doncaster by Doncaster Camera Club who were celebrating the 120th anniversary of their founding in 1895.
Apart from the weekly meetings for BPS, the society is invited to various Photographic Events in Yorkshire.
On Saturday 21 March, an open invitation to members was extended by the National Media Museum in Bradford where members were welcomed to the day's events to mark the opening of their exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society's Collection 'Drawn by Light'.
On Sunday 30th November Bradford PS had a table at the Bradford Festival of Pastimes at the South Square Centre in Thornton. Stephen Goodfellow was offering portraits of passers-by while Michael Myers and Tom Heggie tried to impress the public with a selection of prints as well as Graeme Mitchell's old cameras. His 3D photographs were particularly popular as usual.
Bradford Photographic Society were proud to be asked to help the National Media Museum with their summer event. Entitled 'Nature, Camera, Action!' it is aimed at drawing children into the museum during the summer holidays and promoting an interest in nature through photography. There are several elements to the exhibition, but our input was in the Macro photography part, showing the wondrous world that opens up when you look closely at something familiar.
We are the Champions!
With an astonishing 95 out of 100 score in the final round, Bradford Photographic Society won the 2013/14 season of the Interclub Colour Group competition! We shot from our third place 4 points behind the leader at the end of the third round to win by four points in the end. Our total for all four rounds was 346 leaving Pudsey and Leeds PS in joint second place with 342 points.
On Saturday 11th May, the 2013 Assembly of the Yorkshire Photographic Union was held in Hull. As we had submitted a total of 90 images, we were very interested to see how many had been accepted. However there were 2921 images altogether and only 200 prints and 170 DPIs were accepted. So although we were right to be pleased with our numbers, there was a lot of opposition too!
In the morning, we collected our copies of the impressive YPU brochure in the entrance hall of the College of Art Design and Photography, and skip-read it to find the BPS results. We then joined the scrum in the corridor-like gallery space to view the exhibition of accepted prints. Among the very interesting array were the two BPS prints:
‘Admiralty Arch London’ by Imran Mirza and
‘The New Inn’ by Don Crabtree.
Nowhere in sight was Kath Bonson’s ‘Au Revoir’ which will be one of those used to fill the gaps that appear when the prints chosen to represent the YPU in the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain’s Inter-Federation Competition are removed.
The exhibition of prints will be open to the public for the next tree weeks. It is well worth a visit to see what is expected at the next level up from our club competitions. There will also be a TV running a continuous loop of the accepted digital images.
After a quick lunch on the way through the Stephens shopping mall, we went to the Truck Theatre for the Assembly itself. The proceedings were enlivened this year by the involvement of Andy Rouse, the wildlife photographer. Billed as giving a talk at the end, he also presented the many trophies and certificates in his own amusing style. That made this lengthy process more palatable in spite of the fact that none of the prizes came to us! BPS were respectably placed, though, in the top half of the results table for both the JE Barker Trophy for general prints (14th out of 37 clubs) and the Jordan Trophy for general DPIs (16th out of 38 clubs). Given the small number of our accepted images, this must mean that the standard of our other images was well up but no cigar! If we could raise our average by one point next year, we would be in contention. Our showing in the Crowther Cox Trophy for applied DPIs was less impressive – 13th out of the 19 clubs that qualified.
We had the confusing experience of seeing the awards made for the DPI competitions before the images had been shown. However, the 35 minutes of the accepted DPIs produced many stunning images – and, it has to be said, a few “why did they choose that?”s. It was the same with the prints, of course, you are never going to agree with the judges all the time but there were plenty of examples to learn form and aspire to in every genre. Our accepted images were:
‘Strawberry Splash’ by Bill Clark
‘The Colonnade’ by Graeme Mitchell
‘Sparkling Champagne’ by Michael Myers
The afternoon ended with Andy Rouse’s presentation. Distilled from a very entertaining hour of images, anecdotes, experience and advice, just one bright idea - do not review your images while you are still emotionally involved with them. An immediate review will be overwhelmed by thoughts of what you could have done, missed opportunities etc. You will delete too many. Reviewed objectively a week later, you will see more in the images and find gems you didn’t know you had. Just the opposite of what many recommend. Must buy a few more memory cards and make a date to attend next year in Halifax – a great learning experience!
At the meeting last Thursday, the many years of service by long standing member and former President, Colin Sutton was recognised by the Yorkshire Photographic Union with a 40 year certificate. As co-opted Vice President, I would like to officially congratulate Colin on this remarkable achievement on behalf of the members of the Bradford Photographic Society.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our long serving members who are always so willing to share their many years of experience and expertise with us 'youngsters', and particularly Graeme Mitchell and Don Crabtree who continue to be such active members of the Committee and Society.
BPS President, Paul Richards, today made another appearance on BCB Radio 106.6. Paul is now making regular broadcasts on behalf of the BPS, to inform the public about the content of our upcoming meetings.
BPS has already made several guest appearances on Bradford Community Broadcasting, and this latest interview continues the theme of providing updates on our activities, as well as keeping the society in the public eye (or should that be ear?).
Bradford Photographic Society is featured in July's edition of Digital SLR User magazine (out now).
The one-page article provides a brief history and introduction to the society, with photographs (old and new), and words from the president, webmaster, and new member (the lovely Steve).
The magazine costs £3.99, and is available from good newsagents, including WHSmith & Tesco.