York Photographic Society

17th January Project Night "Looking up" :- further information on the blog

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17th January Project Night "Looking up"

Our 3rd project night of the season has the challenging title of “Looking up”. Many different and interesting interpretations of the subject from trees, staircases, aeroplanes and many more. Project nights are a relaxing evening when we can enjoy each other’s pictures without the anxiety of competition

10th January "Multiple Exposures – Achieving a Broad Commercial Portfolio" Steven Parker

Steven writes:-

“I studied photography at art college way back in the 80’s before working as an assistant to several photographers at studios in Manchester and London. I then went on to work at the BBC in their photographic department and after that I spent nearly a decade working for a photographic agency ‘Retna’.

As a freelance photographer over the years I have shot live music, editorial commissions and press & p.r work as well weddings and portraits.

Multiple Exposures is a talk about the demands and challenges from working with a diverse range of clients and I’ll be sharing some of the images and accompanying stories that have resulted from my time as a photographer ~ from being a stand-in for Miss World to driving George Osborne around a power station.”

3rd January “All you need to know about street photography” Harry Silcock

Harry says

“I have been an enthusiastic photographer for some 60+ years, having built my own enlarger and darkroom at the age of 16. I joined York Photographic Society in 1963 and left some years later, due to work and other commitments, and was able to re-join again when took early retirement 20 years ago. In the past I have built two large format cameras and I was a late convert to digital photography.”


In his talk Harry will start by looking at the history of street photography and briefly looking at the work of some earlier practitioners. This will be followed by looking at the legal implications of taking photographs in public places. He will be suggesting the best gear to use and his techniques of using it.

The talk will be fully illustrated with some of my street photographs taken in both the UK and abroad.

6th December “Creative Landscape Photography with a Dash of Wildlife” John Potter

From John’s web site:-

“John Potter L.R.P.S. B.Ed.(HONS) Is a highly regarded Yorkshire-based landscape and fine art photographer with a wealth of experience working with the landscape to create visionary works.

John is widely published in media, books, magazines, calendars, and has a large and expanding greeting card range which is sold throughout Yorkshire. A Yorkshireman through and through he has always found North Yorkshire, his own patch, to be a constant source of inspiration. His work is deeply related to northern Britain's National Parks and coast line.

John runs a range of photography workshops and courses in North Yorkshire and is available to run one to one & small group workshops in the UK”


29th November Digital Projected Images and John Saville Competitions judged by Peter Thompson

We are very grateful to Peter Thompson who is judging our two digital image competitions tonight. Peter has the unenviable task of choosing the winners from over seventy images from 26 members in the Digital Projected Image competition and similarly choosing the winners for the John Saville competition where 14 members have submitted 28 images.

Last year the standard was extremely high, and this year there are some stunning pictures taken by our members.

22nd November Project Night "Minimalism" Club members

A new challenge for the Society’s members, to produce a series of images to reflect the project night’s topic “Minimalism”. Come and see how this might have been interpreted. An enjoyable evening when images are shared by members in a light-hearted atmosphere. Allan Highet will be moderating the evening. With over 130 images to see it will be a fantastic evening, don't miss it.

15th November "The Adventures of Monoman" Steve Cheetham

Steve writes

“I’ve been keen on photography from a very young age and my interest in monochrome started with many hours spent in the darkroom learning how to process film and print.  My interest has been re-invigorated over the last few years and my process is now entirely digital.  I’ve been lucky enough to be able to travel to various parts of the world whether on solo trips, with friends or on workshops and have been steadily building my portfolio which is based around landscapes, coastal scenes and modern architecture.




 In the presentation I give a brief introduction to myself, look at some photographers that have inspired me and some examples of their work.  I then look at my approach in camera and also run through two examples of how I process my monochrome images.  After a break, I then go through my portfolio, discussing the images and what they mean to me.”



8th November "Drawing Targets around Arrows" Ernest Howard

Ernie writes:-

“Without giving away too much before I talk to you, I am a keen amateur photographer who has been a member of Driffield Photographic Society for almost 40 years.  I do not specialise in any particular type of photography but if pushed I say I prefer landscape.  I am a prolific photographer having done four 365s where I have taken a picture a day for a year and currently have almost 6500 pictures on my Flickr site.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/howarew/

My talk is a presentation of how I approach my hobby of photography and an attempt to encourage amateur photographers to go out and see, take, and present good images.  It is fast moving and shows a vast collection of images to inspire and teach and hopefully is fun for everyone.”

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