10th January 2018 - Madagascar and Portrait Evening 2018

The start of the New Year brought with it two very different meetings.
For the first our speaker was Duncan Armour who together with his wife Deborah had recently trav-elled to Madagascar or as it is sometimes referred to as 'The Eighth Continent'. If you want to photo-graph wildlife then this is clearly a place to consider given that it is home to so many different species that are found nowhere else on Earth. Duncan's talk also encompassed the history, geography and people of this vast island (1000 miles long and 350 miles wide) and its unique position after the Earth's continents were rearranged millions of years ago. In a large number of images we were shown a whole host of 'Madagascan' species - dancing lemurs, the weirdly-shaped baobab trees, green pi-geons and other rare and often endangered species. Laced with Madagascan sayings and superstitions this was a fascinating insight into a part of the world and its culture that probably many of us were unaware of and should any of us venture there by the appropriately named 'Mad' airline we now know it's very bad luck to pass an egg to anyone and to take with us a full camera cleaning kit to combat both the dust and the humidity. Oh, and to check your boots in the morning in case a scorpion has crawled in overnight.
Our second meeting was the annual Portrait evening at the Wellington Junior School.
We were also very pleased to welcome some very accommodating models. Four were from the Wel-lington drama group Genesis - Jamie Baldwin,Tom Barrett,Fiore Newland and Daisy Holloway. We were also joined by Lizzie Lane and Debbie Ludgate. Ron Burnell gave a very useful introductory talk on portrait photography and then we were off! All of the models gradually relaxed into the sessions and alternated around the different sets. Andrew Bosier’s prop box came into its own with the youngsters who enjoyed blowing bubbles and playing in a band with blow-up instruments. All in all it was a very enjoyable session and hopefully we will all have some images we can use and share.
The Genesis group are preparing for a show to be held at the Arts Centre in the summer from 21st June-23rd June.