Forest of Galtres Camera Club
Monday 13th March 2017
David Warner LRPS
Out & About
Reports relating to a show by David Warner, club member and treasurer, have appeared in the Advertiser many times in the past but this is the first one to show the letter LRPS after his name. On February 1st 2017 David’s skills with a camera were recognised by The Royal Photographic Society. The standards required to achieve this recognition are high; there are stages to go through when images are scrutinised and criticised before a final submission can be made.
For the last set of the evening, David showed a short one called ‘L Panel’ supported by the music of Heather Small singing What Have You Done Today To Make You Feel Proud. After two minutes, members knew what L Panel was all about. 10 prints were submitted for the final judging panel and these were shown in digital form on screen. He had also brought the actual prints to share with members. David certainly should feel proud of his achievement and, of course, club members are delighted on his behalf. Now, there are, I believe, five members with this significant recognition in the club.
The rest of the evening had been filled with an eclectic mix of wonderful images - the stamp of quality clear for all to see in each one. The evening began with a series of sunrises set to Elbow’s Beautiful Day. David captures early morning scenes where mist still lingers, lake surfaces are calm or seas bathed in the warmth of sunrise colour.
In areas known well to everyone as well as photographers, he finds those moments of magic that most miss. Images of Sutton Bank were a case in point and accompanied by Rick Wakeman playing Stairway to Heaven.
Amusement came in the form of the efforts of enterprising knitters of Thirsk, fifty of whom during one night of the Tour De Yorkshire, placed hundreds of knitted items from policeman to robins, around the town ready for visitors to discover. The images shown were the work of the Yarn Bombers! Who knew there would be a knitting song to complement these images. Bill Oddie sang the Knitting Song!
Images from North Wales followed, coasts, valleys, mountains and slate quarries; then Poppies - beautiful images including some of the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. Images included in Bamburgh and the Beach clearly showed David’s ability to maximise the impact of light on land and seascapes. A Dabble in Mono came as a contrast to the colour so far. Here, the presence of detail available throughout the image is important. Meandering in the Lakes showed moody rays of light, the Langdale Pikes against Payne’s Grey skies, clouds enfolding mountain tops, serene reflections and golden waters. David’s use of light and shadow in images of plants and flowers were enjoyed. He was selective in which part of a plant should be the main focus. The penultimate set of images, called a Few Bits and Bobs, showed the beauty within decay: of rust, of peeling paint and of failing wooden structures and more.
Once again, a hearty well done to David for achieving licentiate status. He is a great photographer with the ability to create striking images across a range of genre.
The club’s annual dinner is being held on Saturday and the final meeting of the season will be next week. This will take the form of the AGM.