However with our Chair and our Programmes person both away at the Arles photography festival, leaving the Webmaster (myself) in charge resulted in a somewhat buggy user experience.
In the event unusually low attendance meant it was possible for all of us to take part in the one workshop that actually ran. Bill Gilliam taught us how to cut our own window mounts, then mount and back our prints ready for their thirty seconds of glory on the easel at a competition evening. The session increased my own confidence in this area, as well as providing the ever-valuable reminder to "measure twice, cut once" when it was spotted just in time that Bill's supposed 40x50cm board was in fact an old-school 16x20in one. We can hope that a few more members will venture into the print section of our next internal competition, "A Sense of Place", on 19th September.
After the refreshment break, longstanding member Alan Ainsworth came to the rescue by expounding his Ten Rules of Photography. Alan describes himself as a "natural contrarian", and his rules stimulated some lively discussion amongst the participants. It was also good to see a selection of his images as evidence of how he puts his rules into practice.
Thank you Alan and Bill.