Over the next fortnight Lancaster University’s campus is host to a series of arts events as part of LICA’s (Lancaster Institute for the Creative Arts) Curate the Campus festival.
The festival includes two events, one photographic and one inspired by photography, which will be of interest to photographers. So why not add these to your diary.
Both of these events are free of charge.
Lahore to Chandigargh
Lahore to Chandigargh is an exhibition of 200 photographs by artist William Titley. The Pakistani and Indian cities are represented by 100 images each, captured when Titley visited in 2008 and 2011 respectively.
Free artist’s talk – 3pm this Thursday (2nd May)
St Nicholas Arcade – Lancaster City Centre
Exhibition will be in Lancaster City Centre 2nd May and on the Lancaster University Campus (register on the day at the Peter Scott Gallery) 9th & 10th May.
More details about Lahore to Chandigargh
Inspired by the scientific process of X-ray crystallography, Fevered Sleep’s most delicate piece for adults weaves together dance, light, music and photography. Stilled is performed for both a human audience and for a bank of silent, all-seeing pinhole cameras.
2nd May 5pm – 8pm and Friday 3rd May 11am- 5pm.
Nuffield Theatre – Lancaster University
More details about Stilled
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Stone Bird at Morecambe Bay © Christian Cable
This week we’ll be once again joined by our friends from the Morecambe Bay Movie Makers. We’re holding a joint evening of photographic and film-making delights featuring presentations, films and slideshows from both clubs.
The Morecambe Movie Makers are a group of independent local film-makers with interests and experience in a wide range of film-making techniques, from cine-photography and animation through to digital editing, image manipulation and post processing.
As the worlds of photography and film-making grow closer and closer we find that we’ve got much to learn from each other. We hold a shared evening every year with each club taking a turn to host. This year is our turn to host the evening so please bring cakes and snacks to share and enjoy.
To squeeze everyone in this week we shall be in the Upper Hall of the church, so please use the main enterance rather than our usual the Kensington Road entrance.
Everyone is welcome and your first two meetings as a guest to the Society are completely free of charge. Membership is £30 for the entire year or guests can continue to visit for just £3 per evening.
- Wednesday 14th November; 7:30pm
- Lancaster Methodist Church (aka Greaves Methodist Church) – Upper Hall – directions
Last Week’s Meeting
Our Press Officer, Syd Cumbus writes a regular piece for the Lancaster Guardian’s social scene column and we’re pleased to be able to offer these recaps on the website too.
Sally Anderson, President of the Society presented the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union Monochrome Portfolio which had been selected from the higher scoring images in the annual exhibition of 2012 and from images which represented the L&C P U in the 2011 PAGB federation print competition. Clubs taking part include all affiliated societies within Lancashire, Cheshire and the Isle of Man. Adjudicators for the 2012 Annual Competition were:-
- Malcolm Kus ARPS
- Tony Wharton FRPS
- Peter McCloskey FRPS
For the first part of the evening 39 prints were shown and members allowed to comment on the presented images. For the second part of the evening groups of three members judged the remaining prints in the manner of the official judges, having just 15 seconds to view each photograph and marking it out of 5. The members results agreed mostly with the official deliberations.
An interesting evening where members could learn from viewing exhibition photographs. The next meeting on October 31st will be the first competition of the winter season.
As October draws to a close and the days become dark and cold we’ve started to think about Christmas. This year the Christmas meal will be held at The Mill at Conder Green on Wednesday 19th December. If you are interested in attending then Sally will be collecting deposits of £5 per head in the meeting. Members are free to bring their partners. To whet your appetite you can view their Christmas Menu.
Phoenix from the Ashes
The Dukes has organised an illuminated walk along Lancaster Canal on the evenings of Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th of October.
These walks feature a series of beautiful audio and visual displays and are sure to be of photographic interest. The route is the stretch of canal between Moor Lane and the Water Witch. More information about the walks can be found at the Dukes website.
Next Saturday we’re holding an Open Day at our Pop-Up Photography Exhibition at the site of the former GAME store in St Nicholas Arcades.
Come along and see the photographs, meet and get photographic advice from some of the photographers involved and have your photograph taken in our fun portable photography studio.
Saturday 18 August
10am – 4pm
The International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant and botanical photography. This exhibition is hosted in the gallery at the Rheged Centre near Penrith. This marks the first time the exhibition has been shown outside London and comes soon after its recent showing at Kew.
With awards for nine categories, including those for children, the exhibition will showcase stunning images by world-class professional photographers and amateur hobbyists alike.
The exhibition is open daily 10:30am to 4:30pm until Sunday the 1st of July.
Admission to the gallery is £2.00 and there’s no charge for children under 16.
View more information about the exhibition can be found on the Rheged Centre website.
For many years Syd Cumbus has provided a brief review of the week’s meeting to the Lancaster Guardian for their social scene column. We’re now very happy to be able to also present these round ups on the website.
The last formal meeting of the season was presented by
Blue Sky over the Bullring
Christian Cable for his ‘President’s Evening’. The lecture was about the advantages and disadvantages of digital photography.
Christian started by commenting on former methods of storing images using film which was processed in a darkroom and prints or transparencies made which were safe for archival files. With digital images which are stored in a computer and are not as safe Digital images need constant back up because of the possible failure of the hard disc which has an approximate life of five years and the life of DVD’s which last about ten years. Christian advocated using the 3 – 2 – 1 rule which stated that it was best to keep three copies of each photograph with one away from the computer.
Christian followed his introduction with a series of digital photographs of subjects of particular interest to him including:-
- The seaside with images of Blackpool, Morecambe and Plymouth
- Transport showing moving traffic, London Underground stations, Trains and escalators
- The subject ‘Abandoned’ showing derelict buildings, closed shops with old fasciasStreet Art showing graffiti
- The sky with images of clouds and spectacular sunsets
- Food with photographs of peppers and pasta
- A German village in the wine growing area of the Mittel Mosel showing the landscape of vines in winter
Part two of the talk analysed the advantages of digital imaging in which images were captured by a sensor to a memory card then processed in a computer using Photoshop, but rarely printed. This was in complete contrast to film in which all images taken were usually printed and stored.
Sunset over Morecambe Bay
Christian commented on how digital processing was powered by integrated computer circuits. It was interesting to note recent history, in which Gordon Moore, of Intel evolved, in 1965 what has become known as Moore’s Law which states that the number of components in an integrated circuit doubles every two years and this expotential improvement has increased speed of processing, all with components which have become smaller and faster. A good example being the latest iPhone which produces superior image quality over cameras manufactured just a few years ago. As technology advances the cost of cameras have also fallen with the Canon 350D of 2005 costing almost twice as much as the newer Canon 600D of 2011.
The vote of thanks to the President for an informative and most interesting evening was given by Sally Anderson.
Many thanks to Syd for providing this summary.
Here are the slides from my President’s Evening talks along with some links to further reading and software. If you have any corrections or suggestions then please let me know and I shall update these.
References and links for more information
We’re coming up to the end of this year’s season of the society and this week’s meeting is a very special one. It is the President’s Evening.
Towards the end of each year the President of the Society takes it upon themselves to entertain us for the evening. Whether this is by bringing in special guest speakers, lecturing about one of their interests or by showcasing their own work; it is completely up to them. The content is almost always a total mystery to everyone until the evening itself.
So for this week, it’ll be my turn to take centre stage to entertain, inform and delight!
Hope you see you there and wish me luck!
- Wednesday 21st March; 7:30pm
- Lancaster Methodist Church (aka Greaves Methodist Church) – directions
This week we are the guests of our friends over in the Morecambe Movie Makers.
Morecambe Bay Movie Makers is a group of independent local film-makers with interests and experience in a wide range of film-making techniques, from cine-photography and animation to digital editing and image manipulation. Each year we take turns in hosting a night where we showcase our recent activities to each other. This year it’s the turn of Morecambe to host the evening so this week’s meeting will be held on Monday evening in Morecambe.
Over the past few years as DSLR cameras have found a place within the film and television industry we are finding that more and more that the interests of our two clubs have moved closer together. This promises to be a fun and interested evening featuring presentations by both clubs.
- Monday 12th March; 7:30pm
- St. Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, Morecambe – directions
See you all Monday,
This week we’ve got a change from our normal meeting because we shall be guests of Ulverston Photographic Society.
Ulverston are playing host to the “South Lakeland Knockout Competition”.
This is an exciting interclub knockout competition where societies battle it out against each other with a portfolio of five colour prints, five monochrome prints and five projected images each. Each society provides two judges who will score the other societies images. As you may recall Lancaster narrowly missed out on the top prize last year due to some stunning images from our friends over in Kendal Photographic Society.
The competition takes place on Thursday evening, 7:30pm prompt at
A few members are sharing cars from Lancaster to the event. If you would like to join us then we will be meeting outside 134 Coulston Road in Lancaster at 6pm. Spare cars will be left on the University of Cumbria car park.
Because of the competition there’s no meeting this Wednesday, the next meeting in Lancaster will be on the 7th of March.
- Thursday 1st March; 7:30pm
- Parish Centre, Church Walk, Ulverston
Stay tuned for results and I’ll get them on the site as soon as I hear them.
This week is the result of our annual projected image competition.
This is our main projected image competition of the year and showcases some of the very best of the Society’s work. The points awarded from this and the other competitions throughout the year will go towards our annual prize giving.
In other news I am delighted to inform you that we faced and won against some stiff competition in our Digital Projection Battle with Morecambe Camera Club. I don’t have the full results but as soon as I do I shall post them on the site. Well done to everyone who took part, you did us proud.
- Wednesday 22nd February; 7:30pm
- Lancaster Methodist Church (aka Greaves Methodist Church) – directions
See you all Wednesday,