Saturday, 9 March 2013

Review - RPS workshop “Where to From L?”

The London region of the RPS organised  a workshop “Where to From L?” on Friday 8 March lead by Will Cheung.  The workshop was held in a small photographic studio/venue about 5mins from Greenwich station.

The day started with introductions and the timetable. There were only about 8 of us at the workshop which made for a lot of interaction rather than be just talked to The morning was spent viewing images (prints and PDIs) that people had brought along. I took my L panel prints and a few other prints along.   Will started by explaining the difference between a LRPS and ARPS panel  and asked about when we intended to go for an ARPS.  

He looked through everyone's images and provided a very useful feedback about what was needed to be improved for a successful A panel.  After lunch everyone had an one on one with Will for about 20 minutes. To firm up on  the way ahead.   The will be a private Flickr group set up so that Will can provide feedback as everyone begins to develop their ARPS  panels. I will probably attend a future  workshop in the Autumn for some more feedback on how my panels are progressing

I would recommend this type of workshop for anyone contemplating the move to ARPS, it was great fun, I met some very interesting people and picked up some great ideas.

BTW   Will Cheung FRPS is Editor of the Advanced Photographer magazine which I also recommend

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Light from the Middle East

I  recently visited a free exhibition of photographs at the Victoria & Albert Museum

13 November 2012 - 7 April 2013. The first major exhibition of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East, Light from the Middle East: New Photography features over 90 works by some of the most exciting artists from across the region.

Full details  Light from the Middle East

Some of the photographs were changed by scratching, burning or photoshop. Whilst one set had people set in a traditional Arabic setting but with the addition of a item representative of western culture 

This notice from the exhibition provokes questions about the nature of photography

Saturday, 9 February 2013

A blast from the past

Today "National Library day" I visited New Malden Library on display were a number of historic papers including this image of a poster for Malden Camera Club competition

Friday, 8 February 2013

The Assignment

The Assignment

The idea behind the assignment is for people  to respond to a brief  and present a  panel of 10 images.  To provide a short explanation of how you went about interpreting the brief,  and  the choice of images.

The idea is, rather than focusing getting marks from a judge from  single images, but to develop peoples creative thinking and skills as photographers. 

 All images are to have been  created  after the start date of the assignment, the use of old images is NOT allowed. The idea is to get people out, taking new photographs not rummaging through their collections of old images.

Images can be made using cameras or scanners, Image manipulation using software such as Photoshop elements etc is allowed.

Images can be presented as prints  ( no larger than A4 ) or as PDIs, this is intended to keep costs down. Prints can be mounted directly on card without the need for cutting mounts. 
Time scale  

Starts at the AGM with presentations of the panels at a Club evening  from July onwards  date to be finalised by mid February 

The assignments are open to all Malden Camera Club members,  members  can enter as individuals or as a group entry.  Members should let me know the details of the assignment they have chosen and whether its an individual or group entry. 

 Art Deco to explore art deco and to produce a set of ten images that capture the spirit of art deco 

 A Day in the Life of… This is a great project to document a particular occupation. For example, you could take photographs of a nurse at work to show all the various aspects of his or her job. It may take you more than one day of shooting to capture a representative set of images.

After Dark. We don’t always think to take our cameras out at night. Try shooting after dark. If you’re in the country, you can shoot moonlight or star trails. In the city, you can shoot vehicles’ tail-light trails or downtown buildings. Wherever you are, you can try light-painting – using a long exposure, and moving a flashlight over parts of the scene.

A bench in a public place . Take your camera a public place and capture some images .

 Mortality and aging Life and death,  the fragility and transient nature of all life

 New Malden a vibrant London suburb

If you go down to woods....

Life on the move


Members will provide a hanging plan for the prints allowing them  to arranged for atheistic impact.  Members are invited to talk about how they interpreted the assignment and what lead to their choice of images. People attending the presentation will be invited to comment, ask questions and to discuss the panel presented.  

Further information 
Fred Dawson
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RPS Photoessay /documentary

A new year a new Chairman

Last night members of Malden Camera Club voted Fred Dawson LRPS  in as Chairman.  As Chairman I have now resumed this blog to keep members up to date with with news and developments which I hope will be of interest.  

The AGM was well attended and the raffle raised in the region of £100. It was agreed to replace references to slides within the club competition rules with Projected Digital Image / PDI. During the informal discussions it was agreed that club members would be provided with a list of members details including name, phone numbers, and email address. Minutes of the AGM will be made available shortly

I would also like to remind members that there is a Malden Camera Club group on Flickr 

I am looking forward to year ahead and I believe we have an interesting programme with something for everyone.  I encourage everyone to actively participate in Club activities and we all need to do all we can to increase membership.  

If any member  has any questions about the Club or needs help please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Full detials of Club programme, rules, competitions etc are available on the Club website

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The Last Post and a new beginning

This is the last post I will be making to this Blog. After two years as Chairman of Malden Camera Club I am stepping down for someone else to have the honour of being elected as Chairman.

However to replace the “Chairman’s Blog” we have set up a new blog for Malden Camera Club to tell you all about the latest news and views, the blog also allows members to add comments to the posts

The blog has RSS news feeds to which allow people to subscribe to the blog and have posts sent to their RSS readers

I will continue to play an active role within Malden Camera Club publicising and promoting Malden Camera Club in particular managing the use of the internet by the Club; apart from the Club web site which is managed by John Horn. I will also be the editor of Print the club news letter which will be published four times a year.
Welcome to this new blog which will is to tell you all about the latest news and views, the blog also allows members to add comments to the posts

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Atrophaneura Semperi

Atrophaneura Semperi
Originally uploaded by Fred Dawson
I recomend a trip down to the RHS Gardens at Wisley to see the display of butterflies in the glass house details at