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.
Over thecoming weekend (August 31st, and the 1st of September) is the prelude to our 126th Season - so come and see what the Society has to offer 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.
You will find us at "Unit 4 Peterborough Garden Park, Peterborough Road" - formerly occupied by TOG24 - it is between LE CREUSET in Unit 3 and BEDECK HOME in Unit 5 - three units down from VAN HAGE - Garden Centre - bewteen the hours of 10am and 4pm.
There is a Charity Garden Party on at the same time full deatils at: Peterborough Garden Park - so should be something for all the family -To find it the Garden Park is located in Eye, Peterborough at the junction of Frank Perkins Way, Paston Parkway and Peterborough Road, Postcode: PE1 4YZ - Alternative Post Code for Sat Nav use: PE1 4SA
We always offer a warm welcome to new members of any standard, as the aim of the society is to promote the Art of Photography at all levels. The only requirement is to have an active interest and curiosity in photography of any genre.
So please feel free to come along and talk to us over next weekend - and discover what is hot and what is not in the world of photography.
Welcome to Peterborough Photographic Society, now in our 126th year! During this coming year we have plenty more to look forward to and so once again it promises to be an exciting mix of interesting speakers, fascinating and amazing photographs to enjoy and several practical events for everyone to explore new aspects in their photography.
Our Programme Secretary, Freda Wootten, has put together another wonderful year of speakers for us all to enjoy and be inspired by, full details can be found on the newly published programme page
When joining us this season I believe that you will find we are all like-minded people, in that we have a strong interest in, a love and passion for, and in some cases an addiction to; photography, in its many forms. One of the fundamental aims of the society is to meet socially and enhance our ability in either the necessary camera skills or more recently, the relevant software applications. The good news is that within this society we have a variety of members who collectively possess all of the prerequisites to assist you in achieving greater enjoyment and pleasure from your photography. So please take the time to join in and take part, to share your photos and ideas with others and to discover things you can do with your camera that quite possibly you never thought about before!
RICHARD HOUGHTON - President PPS
The new EVENTS & EXHIBITION PAGE is now up on the Web Site - this is a two way interface so I look forward to receiving loads of e-mails giving information on Waht's on and Where and who is going - enjoy the summer recess.
Last Tuesday - the Society held the 7th Annual Bill Dunn Memorial Competition for Digital Projected Images - which attracted an excellent entry of 69 images from 24 entrants from Peterborough, Deepings, Wisbech & March - that were put before the invited judge BOB ROWE ARPS, CPAGB from Nottingham.
Bob was very complimentary about all of the work. He also felt that it is the kind of competition/event that should continue as Creative work is not always welcome in ordinary competitions but that there is a place for such arty creations.
He also reminded people that creative work is still subject to general rules about composition, colour saturation etc and that all images should communicate something to the audience.
After running through and commenting all the images he held back 20 from which to choose the one outright winner. These were "Ad Lucem", Gloria Kinghorn, DCC; "Fisherman's Vision" and What A Day, Pete Lawrence, DCC; Brighton Beach, David Hodgson, Wisbech; Faded Lily, Trish Wilcox, Wisbech; Turf Fen Mill and Blue Tit, Jim Hartje, PPS; Make A Wish, The Island and Pedal Power, Neil Malton, PPS; Skeleton Coast and Textured Pears, Mike Sherman, Wisbech; Hide and Seek, Christian Hogg, DCC; Brickface, Andy Gutteridge, PPS; Through the Arched Window and Lost In The Dark, Tony Lovell, PPS; Summer's Gift, Mary Trumble, DCC; Abandoned Bedroom, Judy Hodgson, Wisbech; Knife, Fork and Spoon, Janet Davies, PPS; Winter Teasles, Pete Malton, PPS - these are all seen as thumbnails below:
The outcome produced the first 3 times winner from the home club in NEIL MALTON who with his Image "Make a Wish"(shown top right) was a very worthy winner in a closely contested event - we look forward to seeing another keen contest in 2014
The Society is proud to announce a celebration of its 125th birthday this year. The club is one of the oldest oldest photographic societies in the country, and with 65 members currently - is a far cry from its modest start in 1887 in a small coffee shop on Exchange Street.
Apart from during the war, PPS has continuously met with its members and meticulously maintained detailed archives of all the meetings held since 1887, including the names of members and their achievements.
To mark its special year, PPS is holding an exhibition at Peterborough Museum , in Priestgate, from February 5 to March 10, which will be celebrating 125 years of photographs
There will be a mixture of photographs dating back to the 1930s right up to the present day.
President Richard Houghton said “This exhibition allows everyone an opportunity to view some amazing photographs and memorabilia from members both past and present and spanning 125 years of the society.
“As President of PPS I am thrilled the public will now have the chance to share in the history of this wonderful society and its passion - photography!”
Members can develop their photographic skills through critique sessions, evaluations, training and mentoring.
The club also provides new enthusiasts and recreational photographers a platform to showcase and develop their skills and techniques with confidence and experience.
Over the years PPS has worked closely with the local community and contributed to a number of local projects including the “Changing Face of Peterborough” Project for Peterborough Museum and providing photographs for the newly built hospital.
More recently PPS have worked with Peterborough Civic Society on a book called “Peterborough and its Villages In Detail”.
The group is also on Facebook, where members and non-members can share their views and photographs.
The opening of the exhibition took place on Tuesday evening - and was performed by the Deputy Mayoress of Peterbrough Councillor June Stokes (seen here right cutting the ribbon - image courtesy of Emma Bothamley) - before the members and their guests - amongst which were some 11 Past Presidents had a private viewing of the 32 Prints that have been specially selected and framed to form the hub of the exhibition in the Cafe area.
The prints from the archives that date back to the 1930' reflect the style of Monochrome photography that was in vogue during that period.
Also on view is a rolling Audio Visual put together by Exhibition Secretary - Craig Robins - showing digitally scanned slides and images from today.
Having spoken with both the Mayoress who was accompanied by her daughter Karien - and representatives of Vivacity who are hosting the exhibition - confirmed they were delighted with the quality of the images on show.
So if you get the opportunity drop in for a coffee and snack and support your local museum and at the same time savor the nostalgia of the Photographic Exhibition which features many images taken in and around the City.
The museum is open from 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturdays, and 12noon - 4pm on Sundays, - normally closed on Mondays - but open 10am -5pm during School Holidays - Please check the Museum Web site for any changes.
DEC 2012 - BOOK LAUNCH - PPS & CIVIC SOCIETY
Some of the people behind Peterborough Civic Society's book 'Peterborough and its Villages in Detail': from left: Emma Bothamley, Tony Lovell, John Clark, Richard Houghton, David Good, author Henry Mansell-Duckett, Daniela Pierri-Brewer, Janet Davies, Liz Kemp, at the John Clare Theatre. Photo: Paul Franks
The ‘Peterborough and its Villages in Detail’ book has been a long-term project for the city’s civic society and celebrates the architectural detail of distinctive buildings in Peterborough and its surrounding villages.
The 216-page hardback book was launched at Peterborough Library last week, in front of an invited audience of 100 people.
Society chairman Peter Lee said: “It has been a lot of very hard work on the part of a dozen of us, but has proved wonderfully worthwhile.
“I want especially to express my gratitude to Peterborough Photographic Society members, eight of whom took well over 4,000 photographs from which we selected 800 to feature in our book. Thanks too to our own Henry Duckett, who produced the text.”
Mr Lee thanked generous donors who had advanced fund to get the project underway, including the Earl Fitzwilliam Charitable Trust, Peterborough Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Toby Wood, and the late Richard Paten.
In addition 188 people subscribed to the book, which contains a foreword by Civic Voice president Griff Rhys Jones.
The book costs £18 and is available from the Peterborough Visitor Centre, local bookshops and www.peterborough.net/civicsociety
Members past and present of the Peterborough Photographic Society have just celebrated the society's 125 years at a special anniversary dinner
On the 20th May 1887 the founding members of the society first met at the Bedford Coffee Tavern, Queen Street, Peterborough, when 18 gentlemen were present. On the 20th May 2012, nearly 40 members sat down to enjoy an excellent meal and hear a wonderful after-dinner speech by David Gibbins, former president of the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation.
Peter Harvey, one of the society's longest serving members and Treasurer, brought along the original minute book from 1887 as well as a book containing a detailed history of the society.
Joining the celebration were a number of the society's past presidents: (Seen here Left) Jim Macdonald, Derek Sayer, Mike Henton, Peter Malton, Mike Buxton, Janet Davies, Janice Jones and Neil Malton along with our current President Liz Kemp and President Elect Richard Houghton.
A wonderful evening was had by all. For over 125 years, the Society as kept abreast of all the latest developments in the art of photography.
Long may it continue to do so. Full details of the Society's History can be found on the HISTORY page on this Web Site.
Last Tuesday the annual competition between locally invited Camera Clubs and Societies was hosted by Peterborough P.S. for The Brotherhoods Cup. Now established in its 5th year as a digitally projected competition a record 16 clubs took part 4 up on last year. Each club entry was for 8 images only an entirely open subject that were commented and marked out of 20 by our invited judge.
This gave Les a very daunting task getting through the 128 images - but as we have come to expect from such an experienced judge he completed the assignment and only ran over by a few mins. The now established David Hodgson award for the best individual image of the competition - came down to a short list of images that all received very high marks - a very difficult choice as they were all of different subjects and styles. After a short deliberation this award finally went to TONY LOVELL of PETERBOROUGH P.S. - for a superbly creative and atmospheric image "LOST IN THE DARK" is shown below (right).
Individual Club Scores
|Peterborough P.S. = 1st||
|Wisbech & Dist C.C. = 1st||
|Deepings C.C. - 3rd||
|Kings Lynn & Dist C.C.||
|North Norfolk P.S.||
|Rushden & Dist P.S.||
|St Neots & Dist C.C.||
|St Ives P.C.||
The outcome of for the Trophy was once again quite a close affair with the 4 clubs within 6 pts of each other. The competition for the second time in three years ended in a tie for 1st place with both the hosts PETERBOROUGH P.S. and WISBECH & DIST. C.C. on 137 Pts - both clubs were delighted to have won a share of the trophy. The winning images from the Peterborough & Wisbech entries entry are shown as thumbnails below.
The evening was rounded off by the raffle with many of the donated prizes coming from the participating clubs as has been the tradition of this competition that there is no entry fee to participate and the proceeds help to defray the costs incurred.
Our thanks go to LES NIXON - for his excellent judging, PETER MALTON who organized the event and his brother NEIL MALTON for collating the entries and projecting them at the event - along with the Peterborough P.S. members who helped on the night.
We look forward to seeing you all again in March 2012. (the date will be announced once next season's programme is completed)