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Please note: RPS House is closed for our exhibition install. We will be open again from 10am on Friday 9th August 2024.

Lamb Colin Blossom

Rollright Visual Art Group March 2022

This was a meeting for members to show off their work and we had an excellent and varied selection of high quality photography.

Hello to you all and thanks to everyone who joined us and supported the meeting. It was a splendid day and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.

As you know, this was a meeting for members to show off their work and we had an excellent and varied selection of high quality photography.

Ray Higginbottom kicked off the pdi section with his abstracts of texture and rust in beautiful natural light, then Viv Blewett showed her project on traditional games remembered from childhood and resurrected during lockdown. Andrew Marker's Tuscan landscapes were breathtaking, Colin Lamb gave us a fascinating insight into the craftsmanship of the Hart Silversmiths,  and Carol Curd also presented her creative and stunning landscapes. Wendy Meagher gave us much to reflect upon with her essay on windows, and Claire Carroll's studies of pelicans, dynamic and full of movement showed the birds in quite a different, and rather frantic light.

A good friend of mine from way-way back, David Hatful showed his immaculate monochrome darkroom prints of images taken on his morning lockdown walks. In contrast, Richard Ellis presented trees and woodlands in subtle gentle colours, and Andrew Marker some delicate print versions of his Tuscan landscapes. Rosemary Gibbs displayed the eclectic range of pictures required for an LRPS distinction and Fellow Dennis Anguige a varied and graphic set of architectural studies.

Bob Bracher's prints admirably challenged the need for focus and sharpness with another creative body of work, presented in his inimitable and light hearted style. David Townshend also explored some boundaries, showing multiple exposures and constructed images from his recent exhibition on the Norfolk coast. I contributed my infra reds taken on a fiercely sunny afternoon in Dunnerdale in the Lake District, and a not-very-interesting shot of Bamburgh Castle, where thereby hangs a tale.

A special thank-you to the last to show, Robert Herringshaw. His moving, very current and sadly all too relevant images from Ukraine, showed disquieting and sinister pictures from Chernobyl contrasting with the delightful friendly people and city of pre-conflict Kyiv. His thoughts and observations were expressed on many of the pictures in the form of a haiku poem. I'm sure it gave us all pause for thought, and perhaps a reminder to count our blessings and hold those dear to us a little closer.

Thank you to all the contributors on the day and to the many who helped to run the show. Thank-you again to everyone who attended, I hope we'll see you next time, and if you missed it, I hope you will be able to join us too.

Our next meeting is on 28th May when we will have three guest speakers, Viveca Koh FRPS FIPS, Philip Joyce FRPS, and Ashley Franklin ARPS, ABPPA, APAGB, BPE1*.
The meeting on 27th August will again be a members' day.