Please note Worcestershire Camera Club special interest groups (Contemporary and Audio Visual) are currently running online via Zoom.  Members signed up for notifications from the groups will receive emails with details of the meetings. 

WCC Contemporary Photography Session - May

Despite the twin attractions of lighter evenings and holiday destinations a goodly gathering of CPG members enjoyed another splendid evening of contemporary photography.

Tessa Mills opened the members’ images portfolio for the session with her continuing and eloquent self-exploration series, featuring her shadow superimposed and blended at a variety of abstracted locations. Faces, some human and others decidedly strange, informed the work of both Alex Isaacs and Stewart Bourne during independent visits to the outdoor sculptures at Canwood Gallery. ‘Faces’ were also the focus of Peter Young’s singular vision as he sought shapes to stimulate pareidolia, whilst out with his camera in Worcester.

A recent visit to London provided inspiration and source material for Dr. Charles Ashton for his series exploring people and their relationship with food and drink.  People, who though as a group were very much younger, provided subjects for Eric Williams.  Eric revealed, through many well-chosen ‘decisive moments’, how a very successful team of determined young rugby players can control their play to function as a mutually supportive team, rather than as a group of individuals. Although having full permission to take photos, Eric has decided not to share these images over the internet.

Richard Broomfield chose an individualistic and often quirkily amusing view of art and how through juxtaposition, sculptures and gallery artefacts can be seen to interact.

Bob Oakley’s set showed how the once prosperous seaside resort of Rhyl has become seriously run-down and tatty.  In comparison, Derek Skinner examined how one’s first impressions of Stourport-on-Severn are dominated by the rather garish funfair near the riverside to the exclusion of the town’s finer properties.

Poor digital signal reception frequently breaks up pictures on Clive Haynes’ TV.  Realising how these digitally fragmented pictures starkly reinforced the distressing scenes of war, Clive used the broken, pixelated, imagery to interpret the human catastrophe unfolding in Ukraine.

Nigel Reader closed the session with his imaginative and personal expression about elegant trees, each in a relationship with a blend of textural imagery.

Bob Train was scheduled to be with us, but a local power-cut put him out of action for several hours. His work is, nevertheless, featured in our e-book this month.

Coincidentally and quite independently chosen, our inspirational two ‘outside sources’, this month both came from the Earth Day series recently featured by Lenscratch.

‘The Last Stand’ by David Ellingsen, concerns forestry and ‘old growth trees’ as a part of sustainable harvest initiatives.  Link: The Last Stand

‘The Day May Break’ by Nick Brandt commented upon climate change in Africa and in particular, the displacement of both people and animals.  Link:  The Day May Break

We strongly recommend you view these two thought-provoking sets and the accompanying text.

All members images and individual statements are ready to be viewed in this month’s edition of ‘Viewpoint’.  Click on the image below or use this link:  Viewpoint