CLUB NEWS - EVENTS
GCC MEMBERS EDUCATION NIGHT 24/05/23 – BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
An education night on Black & White Photography presented by practitioners and club members David Rendle and Graeme Harris.
A good turn-out for the evening illustrated the interest in this topic and by all accounts, was enjoyed and well received.
David highlighted that the intention was not to compare B&W to colour but rather speak to the reasons for producing black & white images. It’s not a question that one works better than the other but rather it’s always a subjective matter for the maker and viewer.
He covered the steps behind analogue film processing from development through to print generation and illustrated his presentation with a variety of images and also mentioned the work of the famous B&W photographer, Ansel Adams.
Graeme did present a show demonstrating comparisons between B&W and colour specifically to illustrate that some-times colours will compete and distract whilst B&W tones can enhance the very same image.
He also mentioned that particular genres are more suitable for B&W such as street photography and presented example images accordingly. He mentioned that that the probable only reason you would do analogue B&W photography is because you enjoy the end-to-end process.
Both suggested that they enjoy having complete control of the process from image taking, development, printing and through to mounting. Neither considers an image is complete until it is framed. Now that is an interesting thought provoking statement.
GCC MEMBERS CLUB NIGHT 17/05/23 – AUSTRALASIA HOLIDAYS
Members were requested to provide images from recent holidays in Australasia and quite an assortment were submitted and show-cased. They included the locations of Nepal, Kakadu, Narrawong, Caloundra, Melbourne/Canberra, Kangaroo Island, Japan, New Zealand and Western Australia.
The variety of images depicting the location and experiences was also accompanied by commentary from each member during the image showing.
Interactive conversations arose by members which gave further insights of their interesting journeys and experiences to these locations which may or may not for that matter, tempt others to visit these locations.
It’s always interesting to discover and understand other folks traveling and photographic journeys and this evening was no exception.
GCC MEMBERS CLUB NIGHT 10/05/23 – FOCAL POINT GALLERY
On this club evening members visited the Focal Point Gallery to view the images of the Nikon Walkley Press Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism.
The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism recognise the work of photographers across a range of genres, from news and sport to portraiture and photographic essays. Some of their images are the work of a split second. Others take months of research and trust-building. Photographers interact with their subjects with perhaps more intimacy than storytellers in any other medium; they can move you with a single frame.
There were many very fascinating and interesting images but also a couple of confronting images but in all cases they gave you food for thought about the world in which we currently live.
Members mingled around the gallery expressing their views and opinions regarding the images and social stories depicted and also congregated around the coffee and tea on offer to continue the conversation on photographic matters.
GCC MAY COMPETITION MEETING 03/05/23
The club competition, held on 3rd May for Open Prints, Open EDI's and Altered Reality EDI’s, was adjudicated by guest judge Gillian Turner.
Gillian’s interests are in the visual arts, performance arts and writing which have always been an important part of Gillian’s life. Gillian is also an educator and has a contemporary approach to landscape, life drawing and photography.
The subject or theme of most of Gillian’s work is landscape, an area she researched intensively for her PhD at Deakin University, Geelong.
The judging evening took on a different dimension to the usual agenda with “B” grade entries preceding “A” grade entries for the judge’s feedback. After the prints were adjudicated, there was a break for members to view the displayed prints before proceeding with the judging feedback on the EDI images. A welcomed and supported approach to proceedings.
There were again a large number of competition entries on the night and with Gillian’s detailed and comprehensive comments, the night was a little longer than usual. However, each entrant received valuable feedback from Gillian on their images.
The evening closed out with Gillian showing some of her recent work including prints that were overlaid with a patterned image on transparent paper giving an impressionistic abstract work that was intended to give the impression of movement.
A very different evening than usual but interesting and enjoyable one just the same.
Congratulations to all the winning entries on the night which comprised of a considerable number of excellent images as usual. The winning images can be viewed on the websites Gallery page.