Hold on to your hats as LPS welcomes Morecambe Bay Movie Makers for a cornucopia of film and still images - and a few surprises!
On Monday evening we were joined by the hugely talented photographer, Marianthi Lainas. Her rich portfolio of work has a strong, personal signature. Her time with the Society promised to be a highlight of the current season of speakers and she did not disappoint.
Her thoughtful images of the ever changing shorelines on the Wirral, the Hebridean islands of Harris and Lewis, Iceland and Greenland brimmed with style, pastel colours and peaceful, painterly sophistication. Her evangelic enthusiasm for an approach to photography guided not by what others do but by what we are told to do by our unique emotional responses to the places and subjects we photograph was captivating.
The enthusiastic engagement of our members with Marianthi and her work both during refreshments and afterwards conveyed the strong impression she made on all present.
On Monday evening we were joined by the external judge, Keith Barber, who travelled up from Manchester with carefully prepared and helpful thoughts on the images selected for entry to the fifth competition of our season, ‘Lancaster Canal, Group of 3’ This, the final departure from our familiar rotation of competition themes, was motivated by the celebrations that will mark the significant anniversary of the opening of the canal through to Kendal in 1819.
Keith was surprised and impressed by the inventive and creative response to what he regarded as an interesting but difficult challenge. The winning triptych, by Ruth Lochrie , attracted a maximum ’20’ score and a burst of plaudits for subject choice, composition and technical qualities.
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On Monday evening we were entertained by Mike Atkinson, a valued and established member of the Society, who will become President in the upcoming season. Mike described his early fascination with infrared photography and his experiences with film, lens filters and ultimately, the specialised conversion of a contemporary, digital camera. His illustrated explanation of the light spectrum, the different workings of conventional and converted cameras and his rich portfolio of infrared images built up over many years informed, entertained and clearly excited the imagination of the attentive members.
On Monday evening we were entertained by the external, judge Mike Lawrence. Mike shared his thoughts on the images captured by members of the Lancaster and Peterhead societies and entered for our annual, inter club competition. Mike’s analyses of the images brimmed with humour, and memorable advice that focussed on the opportunities for further development and improvement. Mike’s scoring generally favoured the images submitted by our members and Lancaster was declared the winner. It was, however, not all bad news for Peterhead, which entered the highest scoring image.
The evening concluded with intriguing insight into the philosophy and camera craft of photographer Albert Watson, as he sought to capture the brooding landscapes and changing personality of a wet and wind swept Isle of Skye.
For our 5th competition of the season the Society’s President challenged members to come forward with ‘Images Inspired by Music’. On Monday evening the external judge, Paul King, shared with members his thoughts on the submitted images in what was a thoroughly entertaining and hugely instructive meeting. Paul is both a photographer and a musician and his background was clearly evident in his gentle analyses of the images on show, and his carefully assembled and helpful thoughts on the photographic quality of each image and its relevance to the related, musical influences.
This departure from our normal rotation of competition themes attracted over 100 colour and mono images and many that would happily grace the album sleeves of the inspiring music.
At the society’s meeting on Monday, February 11, members discussed our proposed bid for National Lottery funding, under the ‘Awards for All’ programme, and its implications, if successful, for the Society and its relationship with the wider community in Lancaster. The bid has evolved over a number of months with input from members.
The bid was endorsed by members and has now been lodged with the Lottery assessors.
The bid has been influenced by a desire within the Society to formally record the changing social, economic and physical evolution of our city, involve the people of Lancaster in this process and extend to all levels and abilities, new opportunities to develop as photographers through the society’s extended programme of ‘Photographic Learning Days and Workshops’.
10/2/19 1-3pm at Lancaster University Sports Centre, rugby pitch 2.
An opportunity to photograph the Lancaster Bombers playing at home. Numbers are limited so please register by clicking the button below.
Bring your longest lens to get some action shots from the touchline. LPS members only, please register as places are limited.
The evening began with an informal showing of the images captured on our night time, competition shoot in Lancaster Centre. The outing produced a number of memorable mono and colour images, and inventive use of the digital darkroom to create interest and surprise and, hopefully, win the competition. Fraser’s group produced excellent mono images of the stepped approach to the priory church and dalton square. His group’s images attracted most votes, won the competition and were awarded the pleasure of organising a similar event for next season’s programme. Alan’s thoughtful triptych image of the colourful, changing lighting scheme on the ‘Gin Palace’ won best image.
Members also discussed and then endorsed the society’s bid for National Lottery funding before hearing from Carole who provided a personal account of her progress in acquiring the black arts of the digital darkroom and applying these to a particular image to create, in her words, ‘something from nothing’.