A fascinating range of photographic interests was presented last night by an amazing eleven members - not all volunteers - but all able to rise to the occasion, organised by Julie Calvert and speak for no more than ten minutes on their chosen subject. Three people chose to limit their talk and ask for a few minutes feedback from previously appointed 'elders' of the society, Natalie and David. Subjects ranged from collecting and selling old cameras on eBay, to pinhole camera experimentation, accidental iPhone images, film, abstracts, chasing wildebeests and chasing the essence of a place.
Cathryn showed the results of her first attempts to use a long lens without a tripod, taking images of deer in Richmond Park on an early morning safari. One of our newest and youngest members, Rahul, showed us a selection of his pictures of a Hindu temple and asked for feedback and advice. As usual, Terry introduced some humour into the event with his images, lowering the tone and showing the joys and possibilities of digital manipulation.
The evening was lively and informal, with Brian Groves winning a bottle of wine for his fascinating macro images of tiny, detailed pictures painted on discarded chewing-gum, found on the decking of the Millennium Bridge. He said this was the definitive 'street art'! Ben was a close second with his demonstration of pinhole cameras. Many thanks to all the people who so willingly took part and gave us such an interesting evening.