Report on SW Region Special Interest Groups Day

10 November 2014

Region: South West

 

 

The day began with a short introduction by Martin Howse ARPS about the history of the RPS and the way it has evolved to meet the needs of the present membership with the development of Regions and Special Interest Groups.

Rod Fry ARPS opened the presentations giving a background to the Contemporary field of photography, showing aspects of work from photographers such as Bill Brandt and  Chris Killip amongst others. He concluded the presentation with details of how the local group works and the projects that have been undertaken.

Travel was the next subject and Margaret Hocking ARPS talked about the Group Holidays that are arranged together with the weekend events in this country.  Using members work she showed photographs and asked the audience to discuss whether they could be classed as a Travel photograph.  This led to some fruitful discussion.

After lunch, Linda Wevill FRPS, opened the afternoon session with the Visual Art Group.  Again Linda talked about the events that are held on a ‘national’ and ‘local’ basis.  The winning images from the Annual Exhibition were shown and this was followed by a display of the breadth of Visual  Art photographs, from the Alternative Process, Pinhole, traditional black and white, to the digital image with all it’s possibilities.

The afternoon was wound up with Janet Haines ARPS talking about the Digital Imaging Group and all of their activities. Their events with guest speakers cover many aspects of digital presentation and all genres of photography.  Whilst their meetings are held on the eastern edge of our Region they are always very well supported.  Janet also talked about the Group at a national level and their activities.

The day was completed with the offer of a one to one print critique with the presenters and several members took advantage of this facility.

The response to the day has been very positive with the following comments received:-

“I thoroughly enjoyed  the day at Bovey, and came home a bit more

clued up re the groups!”

“A very interesting and informative event yesterday - thank you.”

“I thought yesterday was excellent, and all our contributors really well briefed.”

 

Margaret Hocking ARPS, Travel Group representative talking to an attendee at the event.

The front page image shows Rod Fry ARPS talking to prospective members of the Contemporary Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day began with an short introduction by Martin Howse ARPS about the history of the RPS and the way it has evolved to meet the needs of the present membership with the development of Regions and Special Interest Groups.

Rod Fry ARPS opened the presentations giving a background to the Contemporary field of photography, showing aspects of work from photographers such as Bill Brandt and  Chris Killip amongst others.  He concluded the presentation with details of how the local group works and the projects that have been undertaken.

Travel was the next subject and Margaret Hocking ARPS talked about the Group Holidays that are arranged together with the weekend events in this country.  Using members work she showed photographs and asked the audience to discuss whether they could be classed as a Travel photograph.  This led to some fruitful discussion.

After lunch, Linda Wevill FRPS, opened the afternoon session with the Visual Art Group.  Again Linda talked about the events that are held on a ‘national’ and ‘local’ basis.  The winning images from the Annual Exhibition were shown and this was followed by a display of the breath of Visual  Art photographs, from the Alternative Process, Pinhole, traditional black and white, to the digital image with all it’s possibilities.

The afternoon was wound up with Janet Haines ARPS talking about the Digital Imaging Group and all of their activities. Their events with guest speakers cover many aspects of digital presentation and all genres of photography.  Whilst their meetings are held on the eastern edge of our Region they are always very well supported.  Janet also talked about the Group at a national level and their activities.

The day was completed with the offer of a one to one print critique with the presenters and several members took advantage of this facility.

The response to the day has been very positive with the following comments received:-

“I thoroughly enjoyed  the day at Bovey, and came home a bit more

clued up re the groups!”

“A very interesting and informative event yesterday - thank you.”

“I thought yesterday was excellent, and all our contributors really well briefed.”