May 2020 News

As this is being prepared for submission, we are in the 8th week of the lockout. Many rolls of films could have been unwound since March 23rd. The club in it’s normal format has been temporarily closed down but continues to function on line.

Our Chairman for the past few years, Peter Knight, has resigned, having served his spell in the trenches and done a splendid job. Anyone connected with the club will be well aware of the tremendous efforts Peter has put into the club and these have been acknowledged and appreciated by everyone. One might say he has worked the 25 hour day, and often. Thank you Peter, let us hope that you will now be able to concentrate on your photography in a more relaxed manner. I should like to add at this point that Peter’s resignation is not in any way connected to  Covid19, it had been arranged for the last twelve months.

The role of Chair is now shared between two members, Lewis Thompson and Mike Jenner. They took hold of the reins about the time of lockdown and although the usual meetings have temporarily ended the club is in safe hands at this difficult time.  They have put on line a series of on line competitions in which members submit 3 images on a theme , these are then mailed out to all members who vote for their top 5. What a splendid idea.

The themes to date have been   1  Food and drink,  2 Flowers, trees and shrubs  and  3  Time on my hands. The criteria is that the images are taken within a time frame, no stored images, and they have to be shot within the boundary of the photographer’s property.  At tis point ,I should like to thank them for their endeavours.

This time should be an absolute haven for camera people with superb weather ( imagine  this beginning last November ) , empty cities and towns and landscapes devoid of that person who is always in the way of that perfect shot !

However, ……..we must be patient and await to see what the “new normal” brings.    Happy shooting,

                                                                                                                                                                             MAURICE  BARKER.