Despite the weather being less than spring-like, we had a really good turnout, including two new members to listen to Hathersage based photographic photo/artist Anthony Marshall (examples of his copyrighted work are shown below) give his presentation – more of this later. Our latest two new members are Chapel en-le-Frith resident Phil Sponson and Bradwell based Janis Ibbotson. Until Ray Fowler can produce an addendum to our 2015 programme, you can obtain Phil or Janis’s contact details from me (Ian) or our Secretary, Ann.
If you missed our meeting here’s a few points which will bring you up to speed:
• David Allwood has arranged an informal members’ evening at the Anglers Rest on Monday 16 March starting around 7.30pm; •Sheffield PS have organised a digital-image knockout competition, held between 15 photo clubs in the region at their church hq in Sheffield at 1930on Saturday evening;
• 17 members had ordered the Blurb 2014 YearBook. I handed out these YearBooks during the evening. If you were too late to place your bulk order, taking advantages of discounts and sharing postage costs, instruction to order the 2014 (or indeed the 2013) YearBook can be found on: http://www.hopevalleyphotosociety.co.uk/?p=715
• I’ve sent everyone who ordered a YearBook the link to enable them to download the YearBook (at no cost) to their iPad. But if you aren’t an Apple/iOS convert, Roger Moore will soon give download instructions to Android or Windows Kindle users;
• Jason reminded everyone about the rules for our forthcoming competition. Here’s the link to give comprehensive details: http://www.hopevalleyphotosociety.co.uk/?page_id=717s
Presentation by Anthony Marshall – whose photographic artwork can be seen on http://anthony-marshall.com/
Anthony’s presentation was truly fascinating. I’m sure that I can say without fear of contradiction that all attendees truly enjoyed his stimulating presentation. Anthony was unusual in that he didn’t give a slideshow presentation of his work, but concentrated on telling us how 40 years ago he was only one of three full time British based professional landscape photographers; gradually moving to being an abstract impressionism artist, who uses photography as a means of capturing images, before he works on the photographic data, using an iPad and Apps such as TangledFx; ImageBlender; Snapseed; Picsplay pro.
Along with many books, Anthony brought along examples of his work, printed directly onto aluminium. The printing organisation Anthony uses is a German based company called ‘pictures for you’.
Anthony explained that thousands of image editing apps have been designed for the iPad, but only a handful that allow you to work at a hi-res file size. Up to now image editing has been done by using very large, complex and expensive software, requiring significant investment of time to master the techniques. Anthony said that working with less complex software Apps on the iPad is like a breath of fresh air allowing him to work quicker and more intuitively. Anthony explained that although photography plays an integral role in his work, he thinks like a painter; producing imagery which is minimalist, focusing in on detail, texture, shape and abstract design. Anthony explained how he often creates images which have been superimposed to create a more abstract effect.
Next month’s speaker
We have a completely different type of speaker for our meeting on April 9th – so make sure you clear your diary for that evening, so you can listen to and view Karen Frankel who’ll show her stunning ‘Coast to Coast’ images.