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Saturday, 4 November 2017

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Barry Camera Club welcomed Tim Knifton (AWPF, CPAGB, AFIAP, PSA*7) on October 6.

This was the third visit from Tim in as many years and, as always, he proved to be a popular and well received speaker. Tim specialises in urban exploration photography, which is the art of photographing abandoned places or buildings.

His images convey the remnants of a life that was once lived. His pursuits have seen him visit countries such as Italy, Belgium, France, Portugal and, perhaps most poignantly, the city of Chernobyl. His photos are sometimes bleak, but also beautiful, fascinating and thought provoking.

Tim spoke passionately about what he does and explained how, through photography, he is trying to document and preserve these buildings and their history before they disappear forever.

You can view Tim’s exceptional work via his Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/timster1973/

The wildlife group paid a visit to Margam Park on October 6. The weather was unseasonably warm and there was plenty to photograph. The gothic architecture of the abbey ruins and the house proved popular.

The scenery and plant life were beautiful and all members felt privileged to see and photograph the resident deer during the rutting season. All rounded off with a lovely lunch in the café. Thanks to Phil Stillman for organising these trips.

They had a special guest on October 13. Harry Gardiner from Tenby delivered a presentation he called ‘Art and Photography – Vision and Reality’. Harry is an artist who uses painting and pastels as well as photography in his work.

It was a fascinating talk and far from unlucky, considering the date. He took members on a whistle stop tour of art, starting with the cave paintings of ancient man and taking in Michelangelo, Goya, Turner, Renaissance and abstract work along the way.

He used their work to illustrate how artists used perspective and composition in a variety of ways, how this changed over time and how they manipulated reality to create their art.

He invited members to consider what this might mean for photography and how, in turn, photography has influenced the way in which other art forms were created. He took members out of a purely pictorial form of photography with the aim of encouraging and thinking of other ways of ‘seeing’.

All of this presented in a humorous and engaging style, full of enthusiasm. A good night was had by all.

On October 20 there was a friendly battle between Cardiff and Barry Camera Clubs. Each club submitted 10 prints and 10 digital images. The judge for the evening was Trevor James (BA (Hons) Photography, ARPS, AWPF).

An appetising buffet was laid on by the members of Barry Camera Club. Barry came away as the victors with 367 points to Cardiff’s 357 points. Thanks to the members of Cardiff and Barry for ensuring an enjoyable and good humoured evening.

Once again the month concluded with their monthly competition night. This month the judge was Dave Bennett, who gave a detailed and thorough critique of every image, awarding a good range of scores.

The winners were as follows:

Monochrome Print: Highly Commended, Barbara Archdale-Smith for ‘A Good Drying Day’, John Dudley for ‘Outhouse, Tree, Gathering Storm’; third place Rob Owens for ‘Tracks to the Hills’; second place Rob Owens for ‘At Elgol’, and first place went to Glenn Porter for ‘A Wall of White Water’.

Colour Print: Highly Commended, Glenn Porter for ‘Mumbles Lighthouse and Industrial Port Talbot’, Rob Owens for ‘At Loch Sunart’, Brain Trego for ‘Landed’; third place Malcolm Downes for ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, second place John Dudley for ‘Bugatti in the Rain’ and first place went to Rob Owens for ‘Trees at Cray’.

The Projected Image section was, as usual, the most contested section. Highly commended: Josh Watts for ‘Feathered Beauty’, Barbara Archdale-Smith for ‘Dust Trail’, Gareth Williams for ‘Llantwit Sunset’; third place Barbara Archdale-Smith for ‘Torn Man’; second place Gareth Williams for ‘Ethereal Rocks’ and first place went to Phil Stillman for ‘Barbary Apes Delousing’.

Congratulations to all prize winners but in particular to Rob, Glenn, John, Gareth and Barbara for multiple successes.

Barry Camera Club meets every Friday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm at St Francis Millennium Centre, Porth-y-Castell, Barry Garden Suburb, Barry (CF62 6NX). We are a very friendly organisation and new members of all experience and skill levels are always welcome to attend with no obligation to join.

For more information visit our website www.barrycameraclub.co.uk or check out our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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