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 - June 

Our June session included several contributions which, when viewed as a whole, tended to be introverted, contemplative and sombre.  There was certainly no overt intent, it was simply the way the work came together.

One unifying theme was locations within the UK. Tessa Mills revealed her finely-tuned ‘seeing-eye’ through a series of atmospheric cloudy landscapes upon the Isle of Skye, some shot through a rain-spotted car windscreen using her mobile ‘phone.  Nigel Reader took us to Tyneside.  Again, here were photos largely taken in the rain, interpreted through multiple-exposure or given the appearance of woodcuts.  Staying in t’ north, Kaz Diller showed a tightly themed and visually satisfying exploration of a huge and intriguing sculpture installation at Middlesbrough.  London was the destination for Dr. Charles Ashton as he explored the relationship of ‘pairs’ in street photography.

Personal psychological insights were the focus of Stewart Bourne through his series of sombre self-portraits, whilst Richard Broomfield interpreted a disturbing self-portrait by the late Ken Currie.

John Hoath presented a selection of his well-considered, delightful and beautifully constructed abstract images, always with their origins in photography.

Clive Haynes continued his series exploring how the war in Ukraine is reported by the news media, which through poor TV reception appears fragmented and pixelated on his TV screen.

Lucy Allum and Bob Oakley remained closer to home, choosing to illustrate aspects of Worcester.  Lucy’s set principally concentrated upon scenes discovered along the canal tow-path whilst Bob, in nostalgic mood, reconstructed how the city may have appeared when photographers once used plate cameras and the gum-bichromate process to make their prints.

Our two Outside Sources showed different and inventive ways of creation and interpretation.

Ian Blake’s ARPS panel of meticulously presented still-life subjects featuring food and the concept of ‘double negative space’ is a fine illustration of a tightly constructed theme, yet one which includes variety of content. Link: Ian Blake

Patty Carroll’s ‘Domestic Demise’ series presents a brilliant and intense contemporary commentary upon modern living.

“Filled with a macabre humour, the work of photographer Patty Carroll explores the often-fraught relationship between women and domesticity. She creates visually bold compositions of excess.  Her “unportraits” of anonymous women evoke emotional landscapes of conspicuous consumption, isolation and confinement”.  Link: Patty Carroll

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