In what has become a long established event, we will hold our annual exhibition of prints in the Royal Wootton Bassett library during the last two weeks of August . Over 30 prints will be on display showcasing the variety of images that Club members produce.
Admission is free and there is an opportunity to vote for your favourite print and also record any comments in the Visitors Book.
The exhibition will be open during library hours and members will be on hand to provide further information on the display and the activities of the Club during weekend opening.
Our annual Exhibition of prints is underway in the Royal Wootton Bassett library and runs for a two week period. A small display is positioned in the library foyer with the main display in the open space area near the desk top pcs.
The display features entries into the Annual Competition and spans three categories; Action; Open and Portrait. There is a Visitors Book in which people can record their comments on the display and also some voting slips where members of the public can vote for their favourite picture.
The Town Crier, Owen Collier, gave us a resounding verbal announcement to start the exhibition and will repeat his ‘cries’ on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Town Crier
In addition to the display of images, there is further information about the Camera Club and its programme for the forthcoming season. Also Club members will periodically be on hand to answers questions and provide further information as required.
Entrance is free and please take the opportunity to see our work and learn more about the Club and what it offers.
In what is becoming an annual event, the Chairman invited Club members to his residence in leafy Gloucestershire for a barbecue. The sun beat down throughout the afternoon and those attending were able to enjoy a very pleasant combination of great food and lively conversation. The Chairman donned his apron and cooked the food to perfection, although a rather blackened sausage ended up as afternoon treat for one of the dogs.
Everyone relaxed, enjoyed the view of the garden and did their best to consume most of the extensive spread on offer, thus helping to avoid the Chairman dining on barbecued food for the following week.
Many thanks to Adam and Anne for their kindness and excellent hospitality.
The new season starts with an Awards Presentation and Open Evening attended by the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, Cllr Steve Bucknell. He will present awards to the winners of the Annual Competitions, the Mayors Cups and the Summer Competition and say a few words before we break for tea/coffee. The winning prints will be on display in the hall and the winning digital projected images will also be showing.
In the second part of the evening, it is hoped to informally chat with any visitors and prospective members who wish to find out more about the Clubs’ activities and what we can offer. The programme for the 2017/18 season is complete and will be available.
Visitors are warmly welcomed and the evening provides a great opportunity to showcase what the Club does and attract some new members to join and share their love of photography
The last of the Summer photo-shoots was an astrophotography evening in Avebury, which was considered to present a more interesting landscape than Rockley Down. As with previous evenings, the weather proved challenging. But the rain held off and in fact some splendid late evening sunshine illuminated the stones at Avebury and a pleasant, though not spectacular sunset was observed.
Whilst waiting for darkness to descend, some liquid refreshments were taken in the Red Lion, after which it was time to try and find the least light polluted area and point the cameras skywards. Adam and Neil staked out some locations before firmly grounded their tripods and experimenting with a number of camera settings. They were still engrossed in their activities when the other two members decided that enough was enough and the increasing appearance of cloud was making things even more challenging. Hopefully the patience of Adam and Neil was rewarded with some pleasing shots that we may see in the Summer Competition later in the year
The customary display of the Annual Competition winning prints and other support images took place in the RWB Library and received favourable comments from the many visitors who looked at the exhibition. In total 28 prints were exhibited across two display areas with a small display in the library entrance foyer and the main display in the main building by the IT section.
Visitors who signed the visitors book left very positive comments on the quality of the prints on display and 24 voting slips were completed. The results of the public vote was as follows:
First Place – Hairy Biker with 8 votes
Tied Second Place – Autumn Mist with 6 votes
Tied Second Place – Rainbow over Loch Scavaigh with 6 votes
Thanks are extended to all those who helped with the exhibition through offering their work for display, setting up, manning and then finally dismantling the exhibition. The Club also wishes to express its thanks to the RWB Library staff for their assistance throughout the fortnight and arranging the loan of display panels. We will have to wait and see what effect the planned modifications to the Library will have and any possible impact on space availability for the 2018 exhibition
As has become an established practice for many years, and as part of our Club’s constitution, we will be exhibiting the prints from our Annual Competition during the last two weeks of August. This display will be held in the RWB Library, which has to date escaped the refurbishment work that was planned earlier in the year.
The Annual Competition for both prints and projected images was held in June and judged over separate evenings. Club members were able to submit three images into each of the three different categories of the competition viz: Action; Portrait and Open, with each category posing different challenges to the photographer. The competition attracted a healthy number of entries as members vyed with each other to win the coveted cups and shields that they could display at home for the forthcoming year. The presentation of the awards is performed by the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett during the first meeting of the new season which starts on September 12th 2017.
Visitors to the exhibition will not only be able to view the work of the Camera Club but also find out further information about the Club and the potential benefits they could enjoy by joining the Club and sharing their knowledge and experiences with other like-minded people. The advent of digital photography and particularly the mobile phone has enabled almost everyone to document life in pictures as well as words. Beyond the rapid exchange of images through social media, the challenges of capturing people, places and mother Nature at its finest will continue to attract and motivate photographers at all levels.
No, it’s not the name of a newly released film but an humorous attempt to describe our journey to Ironbridge for the Club’s Annual Summer Outing. It was an early start as we headed to the wilds of Shropshire and ignored the wisdom of Pythagoras as we journeyed along the M4, M5, M6 and finally the M54. After a close inspection of the local hedgerows, we eventually found the main car park for Blists Hill and started our day. The Victorian town provided many photographic opportunities with its wonderful recreation of the sights, sounds and smells of life in Victorian times. After that, we visited the Coalport China Museum where we were treated to a demonstration of the different methods that can be used to decorate china items. We then learned the requirements to become a saggar maker’s bottom knocker before having a walk through a bottle kiln used to fire the clay items. Next was the newly refurbished Museum of Iron where the developments that kick started the Industrial Revolution were documented and the visionary and extensive uses for cast iron were displayed. The final visit was to the Museum of the Gorge and then a stroll along the riverside to see the iconic Ironbridge itself.
It was a long day but the weather was excellent and everyone enjoyed themselves, whether they spent most of the day looking through a camera viewfinder or not.