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Talks by Zuzana Valla and Phil Drury

Report by Marjorie Burge.

Friday 21st   September was our first Club Night and we were delighted to welcome Zuzana Valla and Phil Drury, both making their mark at APS and gaining recognition for their work in the wider world of photography, Zuzana in portraiture, Phil for his natural history. Zuzana explained that her models were almost all found among her family and friends, and just occasionally by making a direct approach when out with her camera. We were shown beautiful images from the Victorian Parlour at Willesborough Windmill, Godinton House, even in rivers and flower-filled baths, and different rooms in houses.

Her unique approach to portraits  - neutral expressions, natural light, strong colour, perfect models - produces some memorable, thought provoking portraits, hinting at a hidden story.  No Photoshop, no studio, no special camera settings – the models, the venue and Zuzana’s imagination together produce these lovely images.  Phil gave us the title ‘Where my camera takes …

Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP

Report by Philip Hinton.

On Friday 14th September, our first speaker of the new season was Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP - a member of Beckenham Photographic Society. Polina, a multi-award winner who studied fine art at Moscow University, was also an archivist for the Tate and now lives and teaches in the UK. Her knowledge and love of fine art has influenced her photographic style. Using old masters as a starting point she produces in her home studio exquisite studies of flowers and classic still life. Even in her more modern and contemporary work you can still see the fine art influences.

The club’s new projector allowed us to view in fine detail the delicate shades of white in the flowers in her white-on-white project, and we could appreciate her meticulous attention to composition as she showed us photographic notes to let us see how she achieved her impressive photographs. This was a wonderful start to our new season.

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Opening night

Report by Marjorie Burge.

A happy gathering of photographers on Friday 7th September to start our new season, with lots to catch up on, subs to be paid, new members to be welcomed and everyone settling back into ‘normal’ life for an APS Friday. Our Chairman gave special thanks to Karen Saunders for the excellent handbook, and Chris Shore, President and Competition Secretary, was able to present awards to members who had missed the May Awards Evening.

For the second half of the evening three of our own photographers treated us to a presentation of their work. Karen Saunders had some excellent wildlife prints, taken in South Africa, a deep knowledge of the animals, and some wonderful background stories, and, by contrast, some ballet dancers in Oxford Street. Chris Shore, showed us mono darkroom prints of the sea, breaking into colour for a sunset and still life, and then some beautiful loitering manikins. His photography is full of memories and stories, and he reminded us that enterin…