This year the Society will be holding an exhibition of photography in conjunction with the SUE RYDER SUMMER FETE at THORPE HALL so come along and help this well established local charity as you view a stunning display of prints by our members (there will be some for sale at very reasonable prices) - members will also be on hand to offer tips and advice on taking photographs along with full details on the Societies forthcoming activities.
Last Tuesday - the Society held the 9th Annual Bill Dunn Memorial Competition for Creative Photography which attracted an excellent entry of 42 images from 17 entrants from Peterborough, Deepings, Wisbech & March - that were put before the invited judge CHRIS FORSTER EFIAP, FBPE from Milton Keynes.
The evening opened in fact with a short Audio Visual Presentation of both Bill Dunn's and Chris Forster's work - the latter having been showcased in a tribute to his creative work over the years in N&EMPF Exhibitions as this year was his last having recently moved back to Milton Keynes from the Notts/Derby area. This served as a classic reminder to the audience of what can be achieved with a little thought and imagination.
He was very succinct in his critique and assessment of the images - which this year was once again open to prints and DPI's with the former being projected alongside the actual print so that the audience could see more clearly what the judge was looking at. He was always looking for the story line and reminded entrants that creative work is still subject to general rules about composition, colour saturation etc and that all images should communicate something to the audience. Being such an expert himself he never missed a trick with the technicalities of the images.
After running through and commenting on all the images he held back 13 from which to choose the one outright winner. He then narrowed this down to his final seven which were to receive the awards. The 3 highly commended and 3 commended images are seen in the panel below - but the outright award produced a two times winner of this trophy from the home club in JIM HARTJE with his DPI Image "Music on the South Bank"(shown top right).
Once again our thanks to judge CHRIS FORSTER for the work he put in and look forward to an even bigger entry and another keen contest for the 10th running of the Competition in 2015.
The Society’s 2014 Exhibition of Prints and Projected Images will be on display at the St. John the Baptist Church - Church Street from Monday 24th March to Friday 4th April 2014 Daily except Sundays from 10am - 4pm.
The official opening will take place at a members only evening on Monday the 24th of March at 19.00
On display will be a selection of prints from the members who took part this year from the overall entry. The award winning Digitally Projected Images can be seen on a rolling Audio Visual on a Lap Top. The full showing of all the images from the members that entered this year can be seen at the Club's normal lecture venue at The Parkway Sports & Social Club (Mallard Suite) on a future date.
A selection of the award winning images will appear shortly online in the 2014 Exhibition Gallery found by clicking on "Exhibition" Menu.
We are also indebted to this year's catalogue Sponsors - CLASSIC PRINTERS and to DEEPINGS CC & U3A for the loan of their isiplay boards.
We look forward to welcoming at our Exhibition and of course entry is FREE!!!
Last Saturday the Society entered the annual St.Ives Photographic Club - Interprint Competition which as been running now for over 30 years. This prestigious event attracted an entry from 30 clubs from all over East Anglia - each club submitting 8 prints that were judged by Monica Walker FPRS.
It was a keenly fought contest - but we were hopeful that the very strong entry we had assembled would be successful. Our expectations were justified
as we eventually ran out winners!!! by 3 pts from the hosts St.Ives in 2nd place and a further 2.5 pts from Duston C.C. in 3rd place (recent winners of the GB Small Clubs Cup).
Not only that we also had the award for the best individual print by IAN HASKELL - "WHOOPER FLYBY"
The Individual Scores were as follows
Whooper Flyby - Ian Haskell - 10 Gold Medal
Earth Stars on Beechwood - Peter Malton - 10
Goshawk on Rabbit - Mike Buxton APAGB AFIAP - 10
Ptarmigan - Neil Malton DPAGB - 10
Emily - Nigel Gardner - 8
Beauty and the Bowler - Andy Gutteridge BPE2* -9
Undelivered Message - Tony Lovell ARPS - 9.5
The Cot, Pripyat Hospital - Tony Lovell ARPS - 9.5
Total - 76 (1st place)
The Ckub scores were as follows:
|St Ives PC||73.0|
|Ware & District PS||68.0|
|Ipswich & District CC||65.5|
|Hertford & District CC||63.5|
|Desborough & Rothwell PS||62.5|
|Kings Lynn & District CC||62.0|
|Bishop's Stortford CC||61.5|
|Shillington & District CC||61.5|
|St Neots & District CC||59.0|
|Bigglewade & District CC||56.5|
|Ampthill & District||56.0|
|Hunstanton & District CC||55.0|
Congratulations to all those whose prints were selected - and we only dropped 4 pts from a possible maximum score of 80 - that is some achievement.
It is with great sorrow that we have to announce that Francis Cooper from Stamford – lost a courageous battle against his failing health over recent years and passed away on Tuesday the 4th of February.
Francis joined the Peterborough Society in 1960 - and the following year 1961 was elected onto the committee - and from 1968 until 1981 was the official club projectionist. His specialist subject was Portraiture and he had won the "CONN CUP" several times at the Annual Exhibition. He had also been a member of Stamford C.C.
Born in Bentley Street to parents William & Alice Cooper - the family moved to Vine Street where his siblings Brain & Dorothy were born. On leaving school Francis took up an apprenticeship with STAMFORD ELECTRICAL , which later became NEWAGES - and more recently CUMMINS TECHNOLOGY. When called up for National Service this work stood him in good stead and he served as an Aircraft Electrical Technician in the RAF.
His interest in aircraft and aviation remained with him for the rest if his life. He had many other interests and hobbies with is extensive travel around the globe fuelling his passion for photography - although his favorite destination was closer to home on the Scilly Isles.
He was also a keen golfer, badminton player and swimmer, taking advantage of an early morning dip before work at Stamford Grammar School where his brother was caretaker.
Following his retirement he remained active supporting the 'Vulcan in the Sky restoration society', 'The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight' and the 'The LINCS Lancaster Association'. He was warden at All Saints Church - Stamford, and his love of music saw him become a member of Bourne Organ club
There is no doubt that Francis lived his life to the full and will be remembered by Family and friends fondly and always remain in our hearts.
Last Tuesday - the 8th of October was a special day for our Treasurer - PETRER HARVEY APAGB - who too the day had joined the Society exactly 50 years ago on the 8th of October 1963.
In those days as Peter recalled the Society met in the City Museum and has moved around a few times since then. During the period of his unbroken membership Peter has held various posts and been wholly committed to the organisation of its affairs.
He Became projectionist in 1964/5 season
Secretary for 25 years from 1966 to 1991
President Elect 1991 to 1993
President 1993 to 1995
Won Greenwood Cup 1975 with “Piston Rod Detail”
2012 donated the “Peter Harvey Shield for Action (PDI)”
2012 dedication in “Peterborough In Detail”
He is the current Treasurer a post which he has held since 1998
In 1984 - Peter was one of the first recipients in the Country of the newly instituted PAGB Award for Meritorious Service to Photography (APAGB) - this was set up to give national recognition of individual members for their service and dedication within the Photographic Alliance community of member Federations and affiliated clubs.
Peter (right) is seen here receiving a memento card signed by all the members being presented to him by current President Richard Houghton at last night's meeting.
It is with great sorrow that we have to announce that Don Lewis from Orton – lost a courageous battle against cancer and passed away on Friday the 4th of October.
Don first became a member of the Society in 1990 - he had served on the committee for a number of years, been competition captain and had the honour of the Presidency in 1995/96.
Don was a former US marine who specialised in still life, ballet photography and portraiture. After working as MD of the boat building company J Samuel White - Engineers and Shipbuilders on the Isle of Wight, he relocated from Woodford Green London in 1988 to Water Newton, Peterborough when appointed Chairman of Powerline Electronics (Chloride Batteries), Orton Southgate.
Judges were impressed with the quality of his prints and he won several awards. Don used Bronica and Nikon film cameras but when Nikon DSLRs were available he graduated to several Nikon D2 variants and enthusiastically embraced digital processing. He swore by his CRT monitor as distinct from flat screen because of its better colour rendition.
He first experienced health problems and in 1998/1999 when was diagnosed with bladder cancer and prostate cancer.
He made a good recovery and sought a change of pace for his photographic hobby joined our close neighbours Deepings Camera Club for a while.
He later rejoined PPS and served on the PPS Committee once again in 2008 as Competitions Officer.
Don was a classical music enthusiast - he enjoyed studying the arts and cookery, and collected classic cameras. He was a particular admirer of David Hockney's artwork, and the stunning flower photography of Robert Mapplethorpe. Don was a keen golfer and after retiring worked at his local golf club where he assisted with course maintenance until a shoulder injury prevented him from carrying on. He also liked to show off his culinary skills - he once organised a superb chilli supper party for our members at his house in Water Newton.
When he retired from Powerline he set up a successful picture framing business and recalled one of his clients asking him to frame an original Hockney painting.
We will all remember Don as a good judge of character who was not afraid of 'speaking up' when the occasion demanded. He did not suffer fools gladly but he was also a very kind hearted man who would help people.
Our thoughts are with his wife Paddy, his son Ed - (who lives in the USA), daughter Jennifer & partner Dave - and the rest of his family at this sad time.
The Funeral took place at The Peterborough Crematorium, Mowbray Road, North Bretton, Peterborough, PE6 7JE Crematorium last Friday the 18th October 2013. - Thanks were expressed to all the members who attended.
It is with great sorrow that we have to announce that Freda Wootten from Northborough – lost her brave struggle against cancer and passed away on Thursday the 15th of August.
Freda first became a member of the Society in 2005 and had been responsible for the varied and exciting syllabus we all have enjoyed through her role as Programme Secretary for the last 7 years.
The coming season’s programme is down to her efforts as a tireless worker and her expertise will be sadly missed on the committee and by the membership – as she continued to book the lecturers and judges despite her failing health.
Freda Ann Kathleen Strickson was born in Peterborough on 11th June 1944 and lived on her mother and father’s nurseries in Wellington Street for the first few years of her life, until they moved to Northborough. After living in Gunthorpe for a few years after her first marriage (when Allan and his sister Jo were born) they then moved back to the Northborough in 1973 where she had lived ever since.
She married Graham in 1980 and they celebrated 33 years of marriage in July. I know that Graham has very happy memories of their life together and their love and devotion to each other was inspirational.
Freda started her working life at an estate agents but then gave up work to look after her children. When they were both old enough she decided to train as a teacher at Kesteven College of Further Education, and qualified in 1978, aged 34. Here she found her true vocation in life and her passion, dedication and devotion to a profession that saw her work at St Marks School in Gladstone Street, The Beeches, and then finally Newark Hill where she rose to the position of Infant Coordinator. It was here that she officially retired at the age of 60 in 2004. Allan remembers saying to her that he thought she would never retire and this was borne out as she decided to carry on with supply work, primarily at West Town.
Now you have to remember that, even in the late 1970’s, Gladstone Street was very much a multi-racial area - which is where she learnt to appreciate different cultures and where she developed her tolerance to the multi-racial society we now live in.
It was with this “passion” and “dedication” that she approached most of the things she liked to do in her life including the numerous hobbies and
interests she has had.
From the late ‘80s both Freda and Graham had been interested in ten pin bowling and they were both good, consistent league bowlers. Allan fondly
remembers the Friday nights when he used to join them and their friends for their social bowling, although he quickly realised that he would have to give it up. It is difficult for a 20 something man to be beaten consistently by his mum!!
Freda loved travelling and she was always excited about exploring new places - and as Graham has recalled he would never have seen the
places he did if it wasn’t for Freda, as their explorations took them all over the world. They travelled as far west as Alaska and visited other places such as Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, a Baltic cruise taking in Sweden, Russia, and Germany. They spent time in Italy and also travelled all the way down to New Zealand.
Freda also loved the arts in all its forms, but particularly opera and ballet. She had many trips to the Royal Opera House and also tried to see local
performances whenever she could. One of her highlights was to see ‘Carmen' in Verona.
However her main passion in life was her photography but it has only been since her retirement that she has really been able to dedicate her time to this. She joined both the Deepings Camera Club and the Peterborough Photographic Society where she felt honoured to serve on both committees. Both clubs have competitions and there was one particular trophy that Freda had her eye on. At Peterborough Photographic Society there is “The Strickson Trophy” (now awarded annually to the best DPI Image - formerly for the best NH 35mm Slide - in the Natural History Class) - this was donated by Allan,s Grandmother in memory of his Grandfather, Fred, who was also a renowned local photographer and had served on the committee at PPS. It was always Freda's ambition to win the trophy back for the family, but unfortunately she did not manage it!
However she did win numerous cups and trophies over the last few years. At Deepings Camera Club she won “Digital Panel and Beginners Prints” in 2006 and the “Digital Panel Competition” in 2010. At Peterborough Photographic Society she won the “New Exhibitors Trophy” in 2007, “The Crussell Cup” in 2008 and “Digital Images” in 2009. To this day Allan remembers the excited phone calls he received after she had won each time!
She also won other awards and commendations from both clubs and this is no mean feat considering the number of exceptional photographers who are members.
She was extremely generous with her time and she gave a lot to charities. She completed The Race for Life on numerous occasions where she raised a lot of money, ironically, for Cancer Research UK. She never forgot a birthday” and many will have received her hand made cards in the past. She used to make these cards from the photographs she took and in fact she used to go out especially to take photographs every Christmas and Easter! One word that has also been used by many people is that she was a "strong" woman. We have always known this and we are sure that if it had purely down to courage and mental fortitude that she would have beaten this disease.
To see some of Freda's latest work please refer to her gallery only updated last year on the gallery page of this web site - by following this link Freda Wootten - Gallery - one image in particular "I'VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU" was her first acceptance this year into the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation Annual Exhibition - which I am sure would not have been her last - Our thoughts are with her husband Graham, Allan & Jo and the rest of her family at this sad time.
Donations can be made in her memory to Macmillan's or Cancer Research and are being organised by the funeral directors John Lucas - Dogsthorpe - thank you.
Our thanks also to her son Allan March for providing the background information.