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5th PDI results and talk by Andrew Scriven

Report by Marjorie Burge

On Friday 21st February Andrew Scriven entertained us with ‘Meditation, mindfulness and photography’.  London-born Andrew from an early age wanted to go out and explore the world and has taken his passion for photography with him on his travels, sailing to Antartica, trekking the Himalayas, cycling the west coast of the United States, Hawaii, the Middle East, Japan – I think he has been everywhere and recorded beautiful moments along the way.

His approach to photography is to eliminate distractions by listening to music (ambient music), earphones essential when out with his camera - and meditation and mindfulness, being in the present, connecting to the moment, and finding out who you really are. Music alters your mood, and focusing on individual items – a particular colour, texture lights and reflections, just part of the scene - can make you see things differently. We all joined in and sat quietly with our thoughts. It was all good stuff and made for a very relaxing evening. We also saw some of Andrew’s amazing photography and if you look on his website you will see how his approach to meditation and mindfulness has shaped his life and in particular his photography.  A good evening at APS.

On Friday 28th February we held our 5th PDI competition with Carol White-Griffiths LRPS of Dartford & District Photographic Society judging. There was a good entry of high quality images in all divisions, with beautiful wildlife, amazing landscapes and imaginative images, giving Carol a difficult time in choosing her winners. She viewed the images close up (rather than standing behind the projector), was sharp on exposure and bright distractions, occasionally looked for a different picture. Only one more PDI competition to go (on 20th March) so still time for the points to add up.

Division 1:

1st Bob Devine with Buzzard on Rabbit

2nd Nicholas Hill with Stokness Beach

3rd Richard Nutter with Red Squirrel Eating

Division 2:

1st David Hughes with Third Class

2nd Philip Hinton with Angel of the Night

3rd Gordon Chapman with Hear No Evil See No Evil Speak No Evil

Division 3:

1st Harry Seddon with Getting Down to Reading About Layers

2nd Dennis Peebles with Just Landed

3rd Graham Bailey with Playing The Blues