|BROMSGROVE Photographic Society has had a fantastic year with a dramatic increase in members and a host of events and activities for its members.
And its new season begins with an Open Evening tomorrow (Tuesday) at Avoncroft Arts Centre.
It starts at 7.45pm and anyone interested in photography is welcome to go along and see what the club can offer. Members meet at the centre every Tuesday.
The club offered a foundation course for new members to quickly get them up to speed with using digital cameras and improving composition to ‘make ordinary photographs extraordinary with the wow factor’.
There was also a range of talks and demonstrations by well-known and award-winning photographers and a popular studio evening featuring a selection of professional models, local character models, dance groups and a fun ‘selfie session’.
Competitions proved as popular as ever with new members showing what up and coming talent the group had and Mike Troth, from Redditch, had a particularly good time, walking away with numerous trophies on awards night.
Next year, a new novice category will give a more even playing field.
The summer has seen a number of evening outings held to local beauty spots and places of photographic interest and the annual barbecue was a massive hit – a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party themed event in the walls of Avoncroft Arts Centre. A local model played Alice and several members put on fancy dress on what was a really good evening with some excellent fun photographs.
The group want to thank Avoncroft Museum for letting it have exclusive out-of-hours access to buildings for a shoot and remarkably only one of the summer evenings was rained off.
The society also wants to thank Artrix for giving the club the chance to hold a major exhibition, challenging members to produce 40 contemporary themes – they rose to that task and 250 pictures were vying for the 40 places.
Those images will go on display from October 1 to 25.
They were chosen by a prestigious panel of judges which included Tony Turpin, artist and chair of Avoncroft Arts Society, Peter Lopeman, the head of art and photography at North Bromsgrove High School, and Dave Lowe, the chair of the prestigious London Salon of Photography.
New Chairman, Roger Lewis intends to carry on with the modernisation of the club, continue improving its value to members, continue improving the male/female ratio and raise the profile of the club to compete with the best in the region.
Visit www.bromsgroveps.co.uk for more information about the society and the coming season.