Our February session once again confirmed the wide range of interests and varying viewpoints of members.  Here’s a flavour of the content…..

Interpretations of the urban environment were the focus for five of our contributors.  From his considerable photographic archive, Paul Mann reminded us of the impact that the architecturally adventurous Birmingham City Library made when it opened in 2013.  In comparison, Nigel Reader explored how the one-000time industrial landscape of Gloucester Docks has been upgraded and repurposed, whilst Richard Broomfield’s mini photo-essay revealed many of the ‘lowlights’ to be experienced in Kidderminster.  We enjoyed two interpretations of Worcester, firstly, with Tessa Mills’ exploration of an ‘alternative Worcester’ through her keen eye and informed use of multiple-exposure.  Secondly, and in contrast, Clive Haynes expressed how alien and quite disorientating some of the less salubrious parts of the city can appear when seen afresh.

The English coast in winter attracted the attention of Alex Isaacs, particularly the elemental force of stormy conditions in Dorset.  Bob Oakley visited the south coast during the festive season and his pictures imagined how the world could appear to those who celebrated a little too enthusiastically. 

Water formed the connection and continuity for Eric Williams as expressed in its three principal forms - those of liquid, solid and vapour.

Through graphic and well-selected angles Jenny Rees Mann presented her view of Wales and the Welsh.  Dr. Charles Ashton’s brief photo-essay eloquently revealed the rituals during Hindu cremation ceremonies in Nepal.  And finally, in his piece, ‘Fact and Fiction’, Kaz Diller presented an intriguingly stylistic, individual view, of the gallery, visitors and the works of iconic fashion photographer, Helmut Newton during an exhibition in A Coruña, Spain.

As usual, we featured two ‘outside sources’ to offer further ideas and inspiration, this time we enjoyed the work of Helena Helfrecht and Xuan-Hui Ng.  The links are below…..

Helena Helfrecht  -  ‘Plexus’

Helfrecht’s images symbolically allude to the unreal and imaginary creeping into recollections of personal and cultural histories. Confronting a past spanning four generations, ‘Plexus’ represents through photographs the intersecting and reverberating echoes of mental health, war and history.

Link: Plexus

Xuan-Hui Ng  -  ‘Transcendent Winter Magic’

Her exquisitely simple photos capture winter’s natural wonders, presenting a balm for all the sadness and stress in the world.

Link: Transcendent Winter Magic

All members’ work from our session can be seen in our Viewpoint e-book for this month.  Click on the image below or this link: Viewpoint and choose the February 2024 editionThe same link provides access to many previous issues of ‘Viewpoint’ - a fascinating treasure-trove waiting for you to explore!