Once again our CPG meeting sparkled with imagery, original ideas and many fascinating concepts as a focus for our photography.

Cities were one theme explored, Nigel took us to 'Fortress Birmingham' with many stark pictures of the 'Second City', Judy showed studies of Stoke-on-Trent and its former strong associations with the pottery industry whilst Martin swept us to Venice to explore the 'Serene City' after dark with images rich in chiaroscuro.  Kaz revealed common-place aspects of 'the real India' that 'fine-art photographers' and 'selective travellers' frequently overlook.  Connected with 'travel', Clive's set, 'In Transit', illustrated how the process of journeys fragments lives and compartmentalises experience. Alex's images made a succinct political expression concerning doubts about Brexit.  Details of the world about us were eloquently revealed by Lucy, with her series evoking the spirit of trees; Bob explored the fading beauty of a once grand greenhouse and Karen's cleverly observed close-up studies illustrated the fascinating geometry cast by the shadows of ornate picture -frames in Birmingham Art Gallery.  Peter engaged our attention with his mellow and evocative set of photos featuring the Chinese Bridge at Croome Landscape Park.  Tessa showed more from her continuing suite of images on the theme of 'Light in Dark Places' whilst Sue's images revealed how inventive one can be on a wet day with simple materials and imagination.  Barrie illustrated how one doesn't necessarily need camera to create beautiful and ethereal designs when one enters the world of fractal generation.  If you wish to know more about generating fractals, here's the link to the 'Apophysys' program (thanks Barrie) https://sourceforge.net/projects/apophysis/

Our two 'outside sources' both took cities as their focal-point.  Andreas Muller-Pohle shows aspects of Hong Kong, where there are concerns about the rising sea level and pollution of the oceans, while Mitja Kobal revealed how in the overcrowded megalopolis of Tokyo the inhabitants seek ways to claim some personal space.

                

Andreas Muller-Pohle                                                                                                Mitja Kobal         

Do explore these links:

Andreas Muller-Pohle  https://www.lensculture.com/articles/andreas-muller-pohle-hong-kong-waters

Mitja Kobal https://www.lensculture.com/mitjakobal?modal=project-130835 

Greg McLoughlin who recently gained his WCC Specialised Diploma with his landscape-themed photo-book, had the book with him for members to admire.  The book attracted a large number of 'readers'.

         

Greg with his photo-book 

Another splendid evening of diverse approaches to photography, discussion and good-humoured observation.

The gallery below offers a selection of what we enjoyed.