Programme of Club and External Events

RPS Digital Imaging Group NW – Zoom presentation by John Gill @ on Line via Zoom
May 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This talk will be of particular interest to members who favour street photography, John’s monochrome images are stunning.

John and Bridget Gill are husband and wife street and documentary photographers from West Yorkshire in the UK. For the past few years, they have undertaken a project to document life in the former industrial areas of England called “After the Coal Dust”. Almost all major heavy industry has disappeared from the UK and the photographs show the people left behind.

They take all the images candidly in the local area and have exhibited “After the Coal Dust” several times in the UK and overseas. The book of the same name was released in 2020. John will talk us through his long term project and his approach to street photography whilst showing us his outstanding monochrome images from the project.

See and to see John’s work.

Summer Event – Delamere Flower Farm – New Date @ Delamere Flower farm
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Liz Kenny has arranged for us to visit the cutting garden and wildflower meadow at Delamere Flower Farm in Norley on Monday evening, 16 May. Hopefully by timing the visit for a Monday evening, we will get a good turnout. 

On half an acre of south facing land, Alice Taylor, her husband Pete and friend Andrea cultivate a huge variety of scented seasonal British cottage garden flowers. Alice will give us a brief introduction at 7pm and then you will be free to photograph the beautiful flowers for as long as you want.

The event is free of charge but Alice would love to have copies of some of our photos.

To give an idea of the level of interest, please let us know whether or not you are likely to attend this event.

Further details nearer the day.

Summer Event – Amazonia exhibition by Sebastiao Salgado
Jun 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is a rare opportunity to see work by a world class photographer Sebastiao Salgado in Manchester.

For seven years, Salgado worked with twelve indigenous communities to create this magnificent photography exhibition. The result is an incredible collection of powerful black-and-white photographs that reveal Salgado’s vision of the Amazon when the forest is approaching a crucial tipping point in the fight against climate change.

Feel immersed in the Amazon rainforest as you delve into dramatic landscapes and sweeping aerial shots of immense waterfalls and stormy skies and discover the stunning portraits of indigenous leaders and their communities, accompanied by a soundtrack evoking the sounds of the forest by renowned composer Jean-Michel Jarre.

The exhibition is free but operates timed tickets so the idea is for those attending to book the 12:00-12:45 slot so we can view the exhibition together. There is an on site café for us to have a chat afterwards.

The area is rich in photographic opportunities and we could arrange an earlier meeting time to plan a photo shoot prior to entering the exhibition.

For more information and to book tickets click here.

NOTE: You will need to book BOTH a free entry ticket to the Exhibition (12:00-12:45 slot) AND a free entry ticket to the museum (say 11:30-12:00 or earlier, it’s just an arrival slot)
Museum entry is free but a donation to their funds is welcome.

When you book your exhibition ticket, please email Liz ( to let her know that you are going. She can then keep track of who is attending and keep you informed about plans for the day, We may try to fit in a photowalk around the Castlefields Canal Basin area before visiting the exhibition.

Summer Event – Picnic in the Park and Downhill Run @ Castle Park
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

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The annual Castle Park ‘Picnic in the Park’ event will be held on Sunday 3rd July. As well as plenty of stalls and opportunities for street photography, club members has been the semi-official photographers for the Downhill Run for the last few years. This starts at the top of Frodsham Hill and we cover the warm up in the park, the start and the finish aiming to get a picture for each competitor. Last year Ian covered the start and Andrew covered the finish and made an online gallery for competitors to download their images.

More details on how to take part will be provided nearer the time.


Summer Event – Visit to Miriam & Ian’s Garden
Jul 20 @ 3:02 pm – 4:02 pm

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Weather permitting Miriam and Ian will be opening their garden for flower photography and maybe more …

Further details nearer the time.

Summer Event – Visit to Manchester Victoria Baths @ Manchester Victoria Baths
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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We are planning a visit to the historic Manchester Victoria Baths 

When Manchester City Council decided it had to close Victoria Baths in 1993, there was a vigorous reaction in the local community.  Manchester residents greatly valued the Turkish baths, the Aeratone, the swimming facilities, and the building itself.

The campaign to try and prevent closure of the Baths became the Friends of Victoria Baths and a charitable trust – the Victoria Baths Trust – was set up with the aim of fully restoring the building and bringing the Turkish Baths and at least one of the swimming pools back into public use.

Our story has many ups and downs, including the amazing success on BBC’s Restoration series in 2003.

Now the building is partially restored VBT continues to work towards full restoration. The building has many interesting details from the bespoke tiling to the beautiful stained glass windows. We will have a short introductory talk after which you will be free to explore this fascination building.

There is now a form on EventBrite for you to book your place and make payment. There are two options.:

1/Entry fee only £10
2/ Entry fee plus a sandwich lunch with tea or coffee £15

Although the event is not until August please enter as soon as you can as we have to confirm numbers and food orders some time before the event.

Close to Home @ TBD
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

About the Project

We live in a beautiful county with many landscape opportunities all around us.
We suggest making multiple visits to an area close to your home.
You may even be able to walk there!
This will enable you to photograph the variations during 2022/23 in an environmentally friendly way.

It could mean photographing the same scene through the seasons or taking abstract images that reflect your interpretations of your local area through the year.
To take part in this project you will need to create a set of six images taken in 2022/23 including all four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter.


-Taken locally (say within 10 miles of your home)
-Forms a cohesive set of six images
-Interprets the passage of time through 2022/2023


Your images will be downloaded as we did for the ’Seeing in Sixes’ evening this season.
There will be six separate images plus one with all six images arranged on a single base image
We will have a session halfway through the season to share your progress and discuss any issues you are having.

To submit your images, they need to be resized to our normal size. They will be uploaded through the website in the usual way.

Before the end of the season we will have an evening sharing everyone’s excellent photography.
All sets of images will be displayed on the F.D.P.S. website.
Up to three portfolios can be submitted.

Good luck in finding your own subjects, style, and interpretations of your local area during 2022/23

Two articles online well worth a read

I Shot 7 Photos of the Same Location in Different Seasons | PetaPixel

Landscape Photography – Shooting the Same Location Through the Seasons (