Review - Print Panels Evening, 06 Jan 2020

A review by Helen Jones of our Print Panels Evening - Club members present their work as panels of prints on a theme.
Thank you to everyone who contributed a panel or two to our Print Panels evening on 13th January. Also thank you to everyone who turned out on such an awful night to watch and support. I really did appreciate the effort everyone made in either producing panels or braving the weather!

John Tilsley introduced the evening - explaining what makes a good panel - then we saw a good panel in Peter Yendell's recently successful travel themed LRPS submission. Peter took us through the places where his photos were taken and some of the different techniques he used in each one.

In the first half we had plenty of variety. Helen Jones showed the start of a very new work-in-progress monochrome Morris Dance panel. Lots of work still to do! Janet Comley had one of her trademark creative panels in pinks and turquoises - we tried to rearrange that just for fun but Janet knew what she was doing and it didn't work in any other way! John Simpson gave us a very different method of presentation - 5 panels, each with a collage of 9 small photos taken at Tyneham, each showing a different aspect of the deserted village. A lovely way of displaying lots of photos.

Susan Hendrick treated us to one of her beautiful creatiive semi-abstract macro seashore panels in the style she has made her own.Graham Lawrence put up the first of two stunning panels capturing grafitti details in Brick Lane. Graham cleverly picked out vibrant details from different pieces of art whcih worked together. Glynn Grylls had a very interesting panel showing different studies of oak stumps in monochrome with a blue tone. This was most unusual and led to a lot of questions. Steve and Helen Lord showed us a colourful display of backlit autumn leaves at Westonbirt Arboretum. Last but not least was Dee Wareham with an absolutely sublime arty creative panel of seed heads on a salmon & grey background which everyone loved. Dee explained how she had done it - so much work and she nearly lost it when her computer froze!

The break enabled everyone to have a good look at the panels before we swapped over.

In the second half Stephen Jones started with an example of another successful panel - the Club's 2019 Kingswood Salver winning panel. The Kingswood Salver is the annual inter-club panel competition run by the Western Counties Photographic Federation. Stephen explained the thought process involved in putting together work by 5 different people to form a cohesive body of work. Our panel was of people and animals at the Dorset County Show. Stephen then showed us his own panel, processed in a similar way and showing the littlest children and their sheep in the Dorset County Show Young Handlers Competition. He wanted each photo to portray a different emotion. This also led to a discussion on how to use textures.

Janet Comley gave us a lovely panel of wildlife images taken in various locations around the world, including some on a trip to Borneo that she had won in a photography competition. Peter Yendell wowed us with gorgeous photos taken at a Geisha workshop in Kyoto - he also explained the issues around photographing Geishas. He tried show different approaches here including slow shutter speed and an interesting mix of colour and monochrome.

Annette Beardsley put together an exquisite single panel collage of Sika Deer photographs on Brownsea Island. We passed this round to see it better. Geoff Wareham showed us a fascinating documentary panel taken at the 'Ship's Graveyard' near Lorient in Southern Brittany - and by coincidence the next panel was by Glynn Grylls showing details from the hulls of boats also taken in South Brittany! These were very colourful and mounted as diamond shapes. Graham Lawrence presented his second Brick Lane panel, this time a more subdued colour scheme but equally impressive. John Tlsley gave us a very interesting panel of photographs of some of the characters he met at on one of his regular visists to the New Forest Pony Sales. Such fantastic expressions and details and very sympathetically processed!

Steve and Helen Lord's second panel was extremely poignant - a 10 photograph documentary panel telling the story of their visit to the White Island Volcano which blew up recently with a devastating loss of life. This was extremely moving. They explained some of the difficulties breathing, moving about and even taking photographs in such a difficult location. Finally the evening ended with a monochrome architectural panel showing windows all taken by Helen Jones with a little compact camera during a 30 minute walk around St Ives, Cornwall.

So an evening of great variety. We have an amazing programme of talks but sometimes its good to enjoy each other's work and appreciate what a large number of interesting and talented photographers we have at Dorchester Camera Club.

Thank you my helpers - Stephen Jones for running round with the microphone and Di & John Tilsley for doing the print handling and moving each panel to centre stage.

~ Helen Jones
Glynn presents his Print Panel to the audience at the club (Neil Crick)