If you're over the water in Liverpool why not pop into the Museum of Liverpool.
They are hosting an exhibition of works by some of the biggest names in art and design, curated by photographer Rankin. It's Glam Up North: Curated by Rankin features two pieces of work by Rankin himself, as well as works by artists, filmmakers, graphics and fashion designers.
25 September to 6 December 2015 Free entry
The exhibition culminates in a charity auction on Saturday 21 November 2015 on behalf of Claire House Children’s Hospice, a Merseyside based charity which provides care, support and choice for families whose children are not expected to live to adulthood.
The BBC recently put together an interesting article to commemorate the Queen becoming our longest reigning monarch.
How photography has changed over the years!
Your committee has wanted to encourage new blood to get involved in the running of the society. In response to our request, Peter Turner has offered to assist.
Patrick Faleur has put together our Syllabus for the past ten years, and consistently brings in a variety of worthwhile speakers. We have asked Peter to work with Patrick, partly to lighten his workload, and partly to learn from the 'master'. Thank you Peter.
You might like to consider whether you can contribute some of your time in a similar capacity - you would be welcomed.
Paul Smith has done good work for the society as the Exhibition Secretary, but asked to be relieved as he felt that he could not devote enough time to the task. We are pleased to say that Rob Adams, recent past-President of the society, has stepped up to the plate and agreed to take on the role. Rob has excellent contacts in Chester, and will be able to promote opportunities for us to display what we do. Thank you Rob.
The PAGB run APM assessments twice a year giving club photographers the opportunity to gain accreditations. At last weekends adjudications Sue Champion was successful in gaining her CPAGB. Two of her successful images are included along with a description of the journey by Sue herself.
It was back in November 2013 that I attended a mentoring day for the PAGB awards, which had been organised by the L&CPU. We were asked to take along 10 prints or DPI’s for a mock adjudication by six judges, so I obviously chose my most successful club and L&CPU entries from the previous two seasons.
The day began with an explanation of the awards, scoring system and example entries from successful submissions. Credit Level images typically do well in club competitions and are used in inter-clubs. Every image is scored individually out of 5 by six judges, and they are displayed randomly as at our club. A total score of 200 from 10 images is required. Seeing the high standard of work was when reality struck, and the self doubt kicked in.
The judging process then began, and the speed of marking made it very obvious that high scoring entries needed immediate impact and appeal. A technically competent “good shot” was just not enough. Surprisingly, only one of my prints scored below the 20 marks required and my total was 210.
Spurred on by this, I decided to contact Christine Widdall (L&CPU) to take up the offer of a mentor. This is where the hard work started. In December 2013, I was contacted by Gwen and Phil Charnock (formerly Wigan 10 ) and asked to send about 40-50 images on a CD so they could look at my work. Oh boy, what had I done!I separated out my “Mock” images from the others, and naively thought they would just advise on the best ones to pick, and then maybe I would have to swap one or two for better ones. In reality, I ended up abandoning most of the high scorers from the mock, reworking others, and continually submitting new work. I was totally confused, so set up a folder with thumbnails of images next to e-mail print outs containing feedback. I re-worked as instructed, and eventually rejected the weaker images.
The competition for prints conducted under the auspices of the Chester Civic Trust was justly dominated by David Melville, our membership secretary. (Perhaps, in recognition of this, you might send him promptly your subscription for the coming season.
If you're interested in the history of photography you might like to read this interesting article about an amost 'lost photographer' - George Douglas.
Jan and Phil Wilding organised our presence at the Chester Triathlon on Sunday 14th June. The event has grown both in terms of the entry - about 1300 athletes this year - and also in its stature as a qualifier for some major competitions. Our brief this year was not so much about capturing the athletes, but to portray the roles of the marshalls and other volunteers who run such a slick event. From a photographic point of view, it was an opportunity to wander through the occassion, taking images without the slightest reaction from those around.
Members Patrick Faleur and Vicky Naudi have both been successful in gaining an acceptance in the Grosvenor Museum’s 11th Open Art Exhibition which presents the best in contemporary art from the region.
The show, which runs from 12 March until 17 June, provides a diverse and stimulating exhibition for the public, vividly demonstrating the great wealth of artistic talent in the area.
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust announced the winners of the third annual Julian Gardner Award photography competition and opens up a new competition for 2015. Entries are being accepted until the end of May
The GWCT is now looking for entries for this year's awards. The competition is open to all amateur photographers, not just their members, and is related to research and advisory work – taking in all aspects of the UK countryside, including the people who live and work there, game, wildlife, all the various habitats and of course landscape.
A new BPE photographic salon, South Birmingham, recently announced it's results and two Chester PS members gained awards.
Ian Copley gained 5 acceptances and was awarded two PAGB Ribbons (equivalent to Highly Commended) for his images Sanderling and Female Banded Demoiselle.
HERITAGE WEEK – Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th September
As part of their celebrations would like a PRINTS competition from our members
• Competition title - “Chester’s Heritage”
• Old or modern buildings
• Interior, exterior, whole buildings or details
• The judges will be looking for creative input
• They will be displayed / exhibited in the Rows Shops – to be organised by the Civic Trust – This is to try to get more people to visit the Rows and give publicity to ourselves
Outside of our internal club competitions there is plenty of opportunity for those brave enough to test their images on the bigger stages and there are two directions in which you can travel - national and international.
The national salons fall under the auspices of BPE or British Photographic Exhibitions and you can with acceptance success work your way up the BPE Crown structure. See their website for full details of the current salons and crown requirements.