News Items from our Club Meetings & Outings

10 November 2022 – Local heroes evening

We had a good crowd for our Local Heroes evening. These evenings, where members showcase their own work, never fail to impress and we enjoyed another evening of exceptional and diverse presentations from members.

Marija Lees took us on her creative project around Exeter, exploring hidden corners, beautiful interiors and historically less well-known landmarks. Her use of colour, panels and minimalism gave us a fresh perspective of our city. The use of strong colour, light and dark tones, and reflections created depth, atmosphere and feeling in her images.

Bridget Davies gave us insight into her personal journey to Associateship with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), which became her lockdown project. The detailed research of the tides and rocks along a short stretch of cost in South Devon, including a small ‘secret cove’, formed the basis for a panel of abstract shape, texture, form and colour. These intimate landscapes, portrayed in square format, deliberately have no perspective of size, allowing complete focus on the abstract. Bridget printed her work on Fotospeed Platinum Etching fine art paper which matched her subject perfectly. She was in the first group of successful photographers to achieve the new RPS Landscape genre. A well-earned success.    

Her full panel and statement of intent can be found in the link:

Tim Crabb presented a continuation of his Bug Life journey work, featuring macro and extreme macro, showing images which have gained him recognition by being shortlisted or commended in national and international competitions. His talent for revealing the tiny natural world of these creatures is astounding, showing photographic and great technical ability, as well as patience. Tim’s passion for insect life in our surrounding countryside where he actively searches for ticks (!) shows that you don’t have to travel far to discover other, somewhat alien worlds, where bugs can be both frightening and beautiful.

The first image was featured in The Times on 4 September 2022 as a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The second, likewise shown on 11 August 2022, was the runner up in the Small World category of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition.

A Micropterix calthella, a micro-moth, is covered in golden balls of pollen from a creeping buttercup flower found in Mutter’s Moor near Sidmouth, Devon, UK. I had several micro-moths to choose from when I came across the group of buttercups they were feeding on. Without the magnification of the lens, I couldn’t tell what I was going to get, but the moment I saw this little moth, I knew I had the perfect subject. The final image is a compilation of focus-stacked pictures.

Shelia Haycox showed a short AV ‘The Eccentric Man’ with our very own Brian Rees in a starring role as narrator in his best ‘Dorsetshire’ accent, what a treat! Afterwards Shelia showed members around the new club website. Gary Gawler praised the work of Shelia and Tim and the supporting website group, for their dedication and huge effort in building the new website.