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Club Report–Talk by George Pearson DPAGB & Chris Rogers

Marjorie Burge writes:

Friday 18th September was a Club Night at APS and we were treated to photography and views on photography from George Pearson DPAGB and Christopher Rogers.

George had brought along the prints used in his PAGB panels to gain his Credit and Distinction but his talk was centred around more recent images taken on his travels in this country and around the world. Some images were infra red (from a converted camera), many were black and white, some beautiful in sepia, and some with bursts of colour from his travels in India. The secret of his most successful images was being up and about while the rest of the world was still asleep – and then staying up late to take some wonderful sunsets. There is more to George than just photography and ‘Window Dressing’ (Julie Bond) was just the first of some moving lines, closing with Larkin’s ‘What will survive of us is love’.

Chris Rogers’ presentation raised many questions on how and why the so-called rules of photography predispose us to like or dislike images. Good composition, symmetry, and that all-important rule of thirds – the Fibonacci golden rule – presents an image which is accepted by the eye and mind as being a thing of beauty. We need diagonals, tension, balance and harmony, most particularly colour harmony. Pictures must tell a story and be capable of being understood. Chris says ‘keep it simple’. He told us it is okay to break the rules but you must do it well. We were shown some lovely images to illustrate his arguments, ‘Angry Hippo’ being my favourite.

Another fascinating evening at APS produced by our own members.


Absorbed In Thought by George Pearson DPAGB

Brighton pier

Absorbed In Thought by George Pearson DPAGB


A Winter Wonderland (demonstrating repetition) by Christopher Rogers


Demonstration of Symmetry by Christopher Rogers

Next Friday 25th September is our first PDI Competition when Cherry Larcombe EFIAP ARPS DPAGB BPE4* will be judging. Both visitors and new members are welcome.