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Another successful Annual Exhibition

The impressive buildings of the York Medical Society in the centre of York were the venue for the 2014 YPS Annual Exhibition of photographic prints produced by our members. We had visitors of all ages and many nationalities as well as those more local to York and from elsewhere in the UK.

Looking over the walled garden within the grounds of the York Medical Society buildings with York Minster seen over the rooftops. © Russell Watkins

Looking over the walled garden within the grounds of the York Medical Society buildings with York Minster seen over the rooftops. © Russell Watkins

This property is not often open to the public and this in itself proved a draw for many. The corridors of the building house display cabinets of medical instruments, some with a more gruesome function than others, prompting many questions and discussions.

But the main attraction was the 80 or so prints on display in the main meeting room. The subjects covered the full gamut of photographic genres including landscapes and urban scenes, street photography, other-wordly composites, still life photography and wildlife. 

Visitors to the 2014 YPS Annual Exhibition of photographic prints. © Russell Watkins

Visitors to the 2014 YPS Annual Exhibition of photographic prints. © Russell Watkins

Visitors to the 2014 YPS Annual Exhibition of photographic prints. © Russell Watkins

Visitors to the 2014 YPS Annual Exhibition of photographic prints. © Russell Watkins

Visitors to the 2014 YPS Annual Exhibition of photographic prints. © Russell Watkins

Visitors to the 2014 YPS Annual Exhibition of photographic prints. © Russell Watkins

Here are a small selection of the many comments left in our guestbook:

"Awesome pictures all gathered in a small yet perfectly fitted place. I have enjoyed the visit. Thanks!"

"Fabulous! Superb! What an inspiration!"

"A hidden gem. Fascinating and excellent photographs."

"Fantastic exhibition in a most beautiful building."

"That was a lovely experience - thank you very much."

"Glad I was convinced to take a look..."

Sorry for the following non-photographic diversion but this piqued our interest too! A fair few visitors were intrigued by the "Donations Board" from the old York County Hospital, dating from the 18th Century. We were all wondering what the equivalent monetary values would be in 2014.

Part of the Donations Board from the York County Hospital that hangs in the entrance hallway of York Medical Society. © Russell Watkins

Part of the Donations Board from the York County Hospital that hangs in the entrance hallway of York Medical Society. © Russell Watkins

Well, it depends on how you calculate it - you can use simple price inflation, a value relative to wages or a value relative to the country's economy. You can also calculate equivalent values on the basis of commodities or wealth (amongst other things). Wealth seems most appropriate here and a bit of research gives us figures of £100 in the year 1750 being worth approximately £14,000 (inflation), £235,000 (wages) or for GDP, £1,400,000 (yes, £1.4 million!) in today's money.

So there you go. 

YPS would like to thank all of the visitors for their interest and compliments throughout the two days. We are pleased that so many of you enjoyed the exhibition and the venue. We hope those of you who bought prints enjoy displaying them and the connection you made with the print stays with you.

We also hope that those of you who expressed an interest in joining YPS come along when we begin the 2014-15 season on the 3rd September at the Poppleton Centre, when award-winning photographer Leigh Preston will be giving a presentation entitled, "Is This It?".

 

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