Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.
Our first meeting back after the Christmas break was quite a small gathering. Those unable to attend missed a really good evening of photography when
Paul Adams ARPS DPAGB FDPS, of Bexleyheath Camera Club, a KCPA Premier Judge, on the KCPA Judges Panel and General Secretary of the Disabled Photographers Society, talked us through his approach to obtaining his distinctions. Travelling the world with his camera and always thinking in terms of panels, Paul showed us how his collection of themed images started from small beginnings, testing his ideas at club level, and repeating when successful. Experimenting with nature, architecture, abstract and landscapes, monochrome and colour, he acknowledged that what was acceptable fifteen years ago when his panels were put together had changed over the years. He was happy to make full use of Photoshop and multiple images, as well as using props purchased from Charity shops for his still life images. Images were projected in both colour and monochrome, showing how taking colour out often improved an image – colour, he said, could sometimes be a complication. He displayed his print panels of 15 and 20 images, and also showed us his 'possibles' and explained why they weren't used. Some impressive photography and fascinating stories. It seems the secret is to think panels and themes constantly. Even now Paul is thinking what next? never stopping in his search for the ideal panel. A thoroughly enjoyable APS evening.
Next Friday, 12th January, Glyn Bareham LRPS CPAGB will be judging our 4th PDI competition. Visitors always welcome.
We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. As we are half way through our season now, you are able to join to the end of the season with a reduced subscription. We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on the club outings members can team up to gain experience. You are welcome to come along as a visitor, talk things through and make some friends, before making that final decision. Find out all about us at www.ashfordps.org.uk or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.