Photo Essays - We Love 'Em
Last night saw York Photographic Society hosting Peter Yeo who gave a presentation entitled "Beyond Somewhere Else".
The "Somewhere Else" in question was Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast where you can photograph cute, anthropomorphic Atlantic Grey Seals. Or was it the darkness of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex in South-West Poland?
Unusually these days, the talk took the form of distinct but flowing photo essays, almost photojournalistic in style, presented as a series of sumptuous photographic prints. No one image stood out; rather Peter's images had to be considered as a body of work and his talk was all the stronger for it.
Peter is obviously a master of his craft and took his his audience on a journey from the delights of the Ingoldmells fairground (Nik Color Efex vignettes and all) to the chilling darkness of the Holocaust and back again to the humour of a derelict Brigg POW camp and gorgeous Scottish sunsets.
In many ways and to the chagrin of this author, it's a pity that we don't see more work presented as photographic prints, especially in the style of the photo essay. Such is the popularity and ease of transport of digital images these days that prints are becoming rarer. However, for future reference, seeing prints like this does make the lugging of heavy print boxes from the car park and back well worthwhile!
And so on to next week. Because it's Bonfire Night and the Poppleton Centre is having a fireworks party, we've decided to decamp and meet in the York Tap Pub instead. This craft beer freehouse is easily found to the right of the main entrance of York Railway Station (as you face the station).
We're meeting at 7.15pm and the intention is to go from there into York centre on a photo walk. This is obviously weather-dependent so how the night pans out may change.
New members are most welcome to join us and many of the established and more experienced Society members will be happy to give photographic tips and guidance to new photographers should you need it.