A 'Welcome Back' evening with drinks and nibbles was the first session of the new season. There were newly created images on display and members had the chance to chat and discuss these and to catch up on news from the summer break.
Our first speaker of the season was Roger Crocombe ARPS with a superb presentation titled 'The Sea and Me'. Roger is a landscape photographer with a special affinity for the sea and the shoreline and in 2012 was awarded his Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society with a panel of images based on the shoreline. He is also an assessor for the PAGB in both the Chilterns and Southern Counties and regularly lectures in this region.
On week 3 we ran the first of our in-house DPI League competitions themed as 'Open'. This produced a varied selection of images for our judge Rob de Ruiter ARPS to enjoy and critique; he chose 'Venetian Bride' by Jules Syrett LRPS as the winner with Jim Budd's image 'Weaver Bird' in second place and 'Sharing a Tale' by Elaine Adkins third.
Steven le Provost FRPS, who is based in Guernsey, gave us an enthusiastic talk titled 'A Feeling of Impressionism'. Steven is a creative photographer and digital artist and this was a presentation of his work both in print and digital format. The genres he covers are still life, character and nautical studies all influenced by impressionism. Compositional rule breaking is something he enjoys, so he tries to incorporate this in the creative process as often as he feels is appropriate - 'Without imagination the camera has no film'. Steven also serves on the Royal Photographic Societies Fine Art Distinction Panel and holds 3 Fellowships.