15th April 2015 - Four for the price of one

It was a case of four for the price of one when Sheila Haycox revisited the camera club recently. She brought with her three colleagues from the ISCA (Exeter) photographic group which provides both a forum for the discussion of their own work and a means of giving talks and presentations elsewhere.
In a slick and immaculately timed event, Sheila, John Perriam, Martin Lovell and Dave Barrett introduced and discussed the images that they enjoyed producing. Although John showed traditional landscapes his creative side was clear in an image of the Yorkshire Dales stripped of all colour to create a winter landscape that never was. The manipulation of hot rod pictures on the Pendine Sands also produced a sense of greater speed than really existed.
Martin’s work was heavily based on people images with striking images from Vietnam and Burma whilst his shots of period costume folk at the Goodwood Revival will have encouraged many to want to take their own visit to this photographer’s heaven!
Dave’s pictures showed his preoccupation with bold colours in places such as Cuba and New York as well as the street life of the London markets of Camden, Shoreditch and Portobello. Whilst most people did not mind being photographed, Dave cautioned against being too open in Bolivia where you might get things thrown at you!
Sheila also showed images from Burma with eye-catching images of the alabaster Buddha’s, rice and cement carriers and the incredible long-necked women.
This was a thoroughly entertaining evening with four photographers who clearly loved their hobby and were able to convey their enthusiasm for it. And there was also some good advice about making prints which show how you feel about what you’ve taken even if they are not exactly how you saw it. There can be creativity at every stage of the photographic experience.