Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held recently when retiring President, Sally Anderson gave a review of the events of the past year and reported on a successful year for the Society. Christian Cable, Programme Secretary, spoke about the syllabus highlights and Vic Crumley presented a comprehensive report on the competitions held during the year when over 40 members had entered images in both colour and monochrome sections.

Officers elected for the 2014/15 season as follows:-

  • President – Mike Atkinson
  • Vice-President – Stephen Greenhall
  • Hon. Secretary – Chris Thoume
  • Hon. Treasurer – Mandy Foreman
  • Programme Secretary – Sally Anderson
  • Competition Secretary – John Allred
  • Committee Members :-
    • Colin Yates
    • John Metcalfe
    • Hannah Rose

In the summer months the Society will be organising outings to venues with photographic interest.

A Visit to the Morecambe Bay Movie Makers

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.

For the latest meeting, Lancaster Photographic Society joined Morecambe Bay Movie Makers for a 50:50 evening. Lancaster exhibited a series of themed images arranged and presented by Vic Crumley as follows:

  1. Natural History showing animals, birds and flowers
  2. Buildings with architectural shots of famous landmarks
  3. Landscapes of Cornwall, Lake District and London
  4. Portraits, mostly photographed in monochrome
  5. A new members section exhibiting work from their portfolios

Mike Atkinson then showed a selection of Infra Red images of various neolithic sites plus the Ruskin Building at Lancaster University and landscapes showing the infra red effect on green.

The presentation finished with two ‘Pictures to EXE’ collections by Sheenagh Crumley entitled ‘Summer in the garden’ with music by Ludovico Eincudi and ‘Rusted, Ruined and Wrecked’ with music from Madame Butterfly by Puccini.

Morecambe Bay Movie Makers completed the evening by showing recently produced films taken by members as follows:-

  1. ‘Band across the Bay’ a club video to celebrate the 50 year career of guide Cedric Robinson in which the Leyland brass band played at Arnside, during the bay walk and at Kent’s Bank. The film was written, narrated and directed by Chris Abram.
  2. ‘Winter Images of Crosby’ a 3 minute film by Peter Parker of the Anthony Gormley statues on the beach at Crosby plus seascapes in winter.
  3. ‘Blackpool Belle’ a nostalgic look at the vintage trams at Blackpool by Mike Ellis
  4. ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ a 4 minute advertising film by Dave Weatherly. This was filmed on sailing vessels at Whitehaven.
  5. ‘Trainsport’ a short film by Roland Ward about a preserved steam railway in Derbyshire
  6. ‘Hidden Lancaster’ another film by Chris Abram showing buildings and parts of the city often overlooked by the public
  7. ‘Been There, Done That’ a short film about Thailand by Dave Weatherley

Thanks to Morecambe were expressed by Sally Anderson on behalf of Lancaster and Graeme Isherwood responded for Morecambe, both thanking members who had contributed to a very successful evening.

A journey to the Wakhan Corridor

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 Society welcomed Peter Cordell from Mawdsley, near Southport to present his lecture entitled ‘Journey to Afghanistan’ Peter is a member of Chorley Photographic Society with an interest in travelling to some of the world’s remotest destinations in search of wild mountain landscapes and alpine flora.

The three week journey commenced in Tajikistan for an expedition using 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers into the Wakhan Corridor, a remote peninsula of north east Afghanistan bordered in the north by the Pamir range of Tajikistan and the Hindu Kush mountains of north east Pakistan and finishing at the Chinese border. All provisions had to be bought in Tajikistan and carried by a pickup vehicle for the three week tour. The region has little infrastructure, a few poorly surfaced roads but mostly the driving was over stony moraines with the added difficulty of crossing fast flowing rivers up to 18 inches deep.

Peter illustrated the talk with digital images of the terrain, surrounding side valleys, snow capped peaks and the limited flora of the area which included the Pomegranate, Foxtail Lilies, Marsh Orchids and the Ephedra plant which was the original source of the drug Ephedrine. The indigenous population existed on arable subsistence farming and this was only possible with irrigation using the melt water from the mountains. The journey inwards took over 5 days, mostly following the River Wakham, firstly in Tajikistan before crossing the river into Afghanistan at a remote bridge which served as a border crossing, a process which could take up to three hours. On one day a journey of just 82 kilometres took over 7 hours because of the almost non existent tracks which passed for roads. The group of nine intrepid travellers explored many of the side valleys of the Pamir mountains. Accommodation was in primitive guest houses with meals prepared by a local man who was part of the tour group.

The vote of thanks for a most interesting evening was proposed by Bill Wilcockson.

Previously… ‘My Journey to an MA in Photography’ with Colin Jarvis

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.

@ Colin Jarvis

@ Colin Jarvis

The Society welcomed Colin Jarvis, a member of Preston Photographic Society to present his lecture entitled ‘My Journey to an MA in Photography’ Colin works semi professionally as a Photographer along with teaching photography at Preston College. His MA was a two year course at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle which built upon his foundation degree from Blackpool and Fylde College.

Colin introduced members to other well known photographers who had been influential, these included Lewis Balz, Stephen Shore and the German workers Bernd and Hilla Becher. The lecture was illustrated with examples from his portfolio as he explored the theme of space and place. Examples included new Manchester architecture such as Media City, Imperial War Museum North, Justice Courts and Chips Building in Ancoats. plus the new ferry terminal at Liverpool. These buildings were used to emphasize pattern, shape and light. Images of escalators illustrated transitory spaces or non-places. Non places being those in between places we travel through on a daily journey.

For part two Colin exhibited monochrome long exposure images of subjects as diverse as the Falkirk Wheel, Brimham Rocks and the Malham limestone pavements.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Chris Thoume.

Award Winners 2012-13

The Society recently held our annual award dinner for the 2012–13 season at the Mill at Conder Green.

The President, Sally Anderson, presented trophies to winning members as follows…

Photographer of the Year Competition

Mike Atkinson receiving the Photographer of the Year Award

Mike Atkinson receiving the Photographer of the Year Award

The Fred Johnstone Memorial Trophy for Photographer of the Year
Mike Atkinson
The Centenary Trophy for runner up Photographer of the Year
Allen Hartley
The Neville Morton Cup for Highest Points in Projected Digital Image Competitions
Mike Atkinson

Annual Print Competition

The Syd Cumbus Trophy for the Best Print of the Competition
Allen Hartley
The Ruth Berry Trophy for the Runner-up Best Print
Sheenagh Crumley
The Alan Cooper Trophy for the Best Landscape Print
Dave Moorhouse
The Bob & Kath Marsh Trophy for the Best Monochrome Print
Mike Atkinson

Annual Projected Image Competition

The Anderson Trophy for the Best Colour Image
John Aldred
The Past Presidents’ Trophy for the Best Monochrome Image
Mike Atkinson

Other Awards

The Syd Cumbus Trophy for the Best Flora Image
Mike Atkinson
Beginner’s Cup for Most Improved Photographer
Colleen Aldred

Congratulations to all of our winners this year.

We have much to be proud of with a bumper crop of competition images this year and many impressed comments from our judges.

You can see many of the images from this year’s competitions on our competitions gallery.

Image Gallery