25th March 2015 - Triptych competition

Three was the number to aim for in the club’s recent Triptych print competition – a set of images that worked together as a group. Peter Tickner the judge for this event said he had been faced with a most difficult choice as there were several sets which were of a very high standard.
As virtually all of the images presented were well printed and technically sound his decisions were firmly based on which triptychs had the most impact or clear story.
There were also some sets such as Viv Knighton’s images of Burnham-on-Sea beach which although very familiar were rendered anew by well-captured light. Similarly Steven Tapsfield’s Balcombe Viaduct showed an imaginative interpretation of the viaduct arches and brickwork as well as the whole structure.
Finally the following received certificates. First was Nick Farnham for ‘Seal Side’, a panel of three images of seals. Normally this creature is thought of as rubbery and somewhat slimy but here were three close-ups or portraits in which the delicate pastel tones proved to be extremely unusual and eye-catching. They were a worthy winner.
Second went to Jak Lister for ‘In Wonderland - a creative three based on Alice in Wonderland. Much work had gone into the preparation of these images showing Alice in scenes from her story. Third went to Peter Elliston for ‘It was something she said’ - two ladies taking a break in a coffee house and the suggestion that a line had somehow been crossed in the conversation.
The two highly commended were very different from each other although both were in mono or close to it. The first was Polly Knowles’ ‘Cambodian Street Boys’ – a startling yet touching set of three urchins and Tom Borg’s ‘Portland Stone for Saviours and Sinners’ which evoked the sinister at the same time as effectively revealing the texture and strength of the landscape in that region.