Professor Paul Welham-Clarke shared details of a number of photographic projects that he had embarked upon throughout his career of over 30 years. He combines teaching photography as well as being a practicing professional photographer and had been active in many different areas ranging from Industrial, Commercial, Portrait and Photo-documentaries. His most recent work had focused on major documentary projects with strong social and environmental themes and current UK issues and are often produced in partnership with a charity.
His work has been widely publicised through various exhibitions and he has received numerous awards. Paul has a strong desire to communicate with the public on subjects that he feels passionate about including homelessness, deaths on our highways and most recently the impact of genetic conditions upon sibling relationships.
His imaginative and thought provoking images were a pleasure to experience.
We continued our adoption of Zoom Meetings to view a medley of highly impressive monochrome and colour images that had been submitted from across the globe. The genres covered included Nature, Open and Travel and the task of identifying award winners must have been a tremendous challenge to the judging committees.
Many images prompted exchanges of views on the composition and processing techniques which had been utilised to achieve the end result. The levels of creativity and interpretation of subject matter will no doubt have stimulated many areas to explore.
As a precursor to the start of the new season, a Zoom familiarisation evening was held which gave members the opportunity to practice and experiment with some newly acquired software and its capabilities.
A competition was run with members submitting three images of Open subject matter and attendees used the voting facility to select a winner. Congratulations to Adam Kowalczyk for his winning image of a startled robin.
As might have been forecast, some technical issues arose but hopefully these have been ironed out and everyone is now more confident and capable in using Zoom Meetings. Thanks to Jim Bullock for managing the session and sharing his expertise.
We were invited by Cricklade Camera Club to join them and Lambourn Camera Club in the audience for a presentation by Ken Scott. Ken has embarked upon a special journey since 2008 when he started making a picture a day, which he has continued for 12 years and amassed over 4600 images in the process. Initially freeing himself from a number of preconceptions, he shared how the observations and insights that he acquired along the journey had changed the way he viewed the world. An absorbing, thought provoking and reflective presentation.
For our visit to Mouldon Hill Country Park, the weather gods were relatively kind to us – the rain held off and the sun appeared at the start of the evening. Members congregated in the car park and then walked around the lake and explored the River Ray. No one found the North Wilts canal that flows through the park. Also the 100 metre gill over the River Ray proved elusive but we weren’t entirely sure what we were looking for and perhaps we just didn’t walk far enough to find it!
Mouldon Hill Park Lake
After an initial burst of sunshine, the light rapidly deteriorated and resulted in a premature end to the visit. However by this time the attendees had enjoyed some fresh air, exercise and the opportunity to capture some peaceful images of the lake and its surroundings. The foragers amongst us noted the numerous blackberry and sloe bushes, which will require a separate visit.
With weather warnings in place for thunderstorms, the photoshoot planned for Tuesday 11th August has been postponed for a week to August 18th 2020.
Our second summer photoshoot took place in Calne where we explored the town’s historic Heritage Quarter, This is an area within the town that is full of character and charm. Some of the main sights include the Proclamation Steps, St Mary’s Church, the Green, the Heritage Centre and the tiny Almshouses. The town’s historical connection with the cloth industry is evidenced by Weavers House at The Green which for five centuries was the heart of the cloth making industry following an influx of Flemish weavers who settled here in the 1300s..
Famous people associated with the town include Joseph Priestley, the man who ‘discovered’ oxygen and Jan Ingen Housz, the man who identified photosynthesis, poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Harris Brothers, whose bacon factory was a huge employer in the area.
We will meet around 6.30 pm in the free car parks in The Pippin opposite Sainsburys.
From there there is a path with a bridge over the River Marden onto the start of Church Street. There is also a bridge further down the road at a place known locally as Doctors Pond, named after Dr Joseph Priestly who discovered oxygen whilst staying at Bowood House in 1774. This path leads into Mill Street which has some quite old cottages and the Proclamation Steps, where results of elections were announced. The old water mill is visible on the left
Further on is a recreation ground where there is a plaque for a Calne man who ran the fastest time for a mile but was not recorded as he was a professional athlete. Kingsbury Street has a row of tiny almshouses and opens out on to The Green which is where wealthy owners from cloth making lived.
On the Strand is the Lansdowne Arms hotel with a steep hill running up to its left called Castle Hill and the Grade 2 listed Town Hall building opened in 1886
Despite some confusion over availability of parking in the village, a small group assembled and went on a circular walk as recommended by our President, using his local knowledge of the area. The circular walk took us past the church, over the meadows and eventually back into the charming village centre.
The scenery was attractive, the roads traffic-free and we were bathed in evening sunshine. Not a single sarsen stone was photographed but that was what made this evening trip to Avebury so different and enjoyable.
At relatively short notice, our first photo-shoot of the summer is a visit to Avebury to look for different opportunities to photograph the stone circles…..and possibly sheep if they are grazing near them!
We will meet from 6.30 pm onwards and after some fresh air, exercise and hopefully some novel images of the stones, seek refreshment in the only pub in the world inside a stone circle.