Programme of Club and External Events

“Cityscapes and Contemporary Architecture” by Nigel Forster
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Learn how to photography our urban environment from grand vista to architectural detail: a Zoom presentation by Nigel Forster.

Nigel is a professional landscape and architectural photographer with a background in landscape and urban design. based in South Wales.

From wide cityscapes, to the dynamic lines of modern buildings, architecture is never short of subject matter. Nigel will look at photography of contemporary buildings from city wide to architectural detail and explore the photographic characteristics of modern building materials, both inside and out. He will also discuss techniques such as long exposure, use of perspective and night photography and see how effective they can be in photographing contemporary architecture.

Free to members. Guests welcome – £5.

Competition 2 [poy] – ‘Tychs’ – judged by Phil Mann
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Competition 2 [poy] - 'Tychs' - judged by Phil Mann

The competition will be run on-line and therefore as a PDI ONLY competition.

The Closing Date for entries is Sunday 10th October 11:45pm to allow for the images to be prepared and sent to our judge.

Judge – Phil Mann

This competition is about Diptychs, Triptychs and Polyptychs or, for simplicity, ‘Tychs’.
A polyptych includes more than three images.
You will combine the components of your ‘tych into a single image for each competition entry.

Seeing in Sixes – Entry now Open
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


SEEING IN SIXES  1.11.2021

We had a great evening last year creating over thirty ‘Seeing in Sixes’ collections.  I hope to use some of those, and further ones produced this year to create an ‘e’ book so that we can share each other’s successes.

Society members must produce six images that have got a connection between them.  This can be subject, colour, style or story based.  Each set should have a short story, description or poetry attached to it to enhance the viewers understanding and enjoyment of the set.  Finally, all six images, words and a title should be placed on one large base in such a way that their story is complete.

Important Entry Notes:

Please read the entry details carefully.

  • You may enter up to 3 sets of images
  • Your images should be prepared to the usual competition rules
  • Each set of images should contain 6 individual images plus a single ‘layout’ image showing images 1 to 6 arranged to your liking
  • Please name your files using the overall title for your set with the number order as a suffix, if there are spaces in your title substitute the _ character
    For example if your images et is called My Summer Holiday then name each file My_Summer_Holiday_1 My_Summer_Holiday_2 etc.
    Name the layout image My_Summer_Holiday_7
  • Each set has a separate entry form, fill in the first form and click the Submit button before you enter another set.

If you have any problems with the entry process contact Andrew via

For other queries contact Marie via

“But is it Art?” by Keith Snell PhD, EFIAP, EPSA, LRPS
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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But is it Art? A zoom presentation by Keith Snell PhD EFIAP EPSA LRPS.

This presentation addresses the age-old question of whether photography can be considered as ‘fine art’.

It also includes Keith’s personal exploration of the more creative genre of fine art photography involving impressionistic and other approaches.

Keith was born and raised in Chester but now lives in Cumbria and is a member of Keswick Photographic Society.

Free to members. Guests welcome – £5.

In the style of …
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

WEEK 11     In the Style of an Artist 15.11.2021

Interpret skilfully and we can’t wait to see what you produce this year.  We will also try and collect the images together so that we can share them.

Imagination is Key!!!!!!!

Here are some artists that may be of interest and help you come up with a creation.

Pablo Picasso …

The Weeping Woman

Rene Magritte…

Well known for his bowler hats paintings.  Here in ‘Golconde’, could have a modern interpretation.  I can imagine Boris hanging over Parliament!!!!


L.S. Lowry…

Lots of industrial scenes which surely could be transformed from members scenes of Liverpool or Manchester and old industrial images on file.  Here on a wall.

  A Lancashire Village


Lots of dots from Georges Seurat

  Le Seine a La Grande


Animals and landscapes from E. Landseer ‘There is No Place Like Home’


Abstraction from Mark Rothko

   Red on Maroon

Georgia O’ Keeffe and  her abundance of styles and pictures.

  Jimson Weed


There are lots of other artists that could work well,

Salvador Dali,

Edward Munch…

Vincent Van Gogh


Hieronymous Bosh

Cy Twombly

J.W, Turner

George Stubbs

Henri Rousseau

P.A. Renoir

Good Luck Everyone

Contact Marie ——–


Composites. What? Why? How?
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


This session Lynda has kindly offered to share some of her secrets on producing beautiful and believable composite images.  This is quite a specialist field, but we can all benefit from the techniques that Lynda is introducing us to.

The session is aimed at all levels of expertise.  She will start with the basics and move forward slowly explaining each stage along the way.

Members will be able to ask question along the way.

Contact Marie

          Lynda Haney (FDPS)

Competition 3 [poy] – Architecture – Judged by Ian Stewart ARPS, DPAGB
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Competition 3 [poy] - Architecture - Judged by Ian Stewart ARPS, DPAGB @ via zoom

The competition will be run on-line and therefore as a PDI ONLY competition.

The Closing Date for entries is Sunday 14th November 11:45pm to allow for the images to be prepared and sent to our judge.

The theme this time is “Architecture” in all it’s aspects. You can go for a wide view or concentrate on details.

Judge – Ian Stewart ARPS, DPAGB

Opening up Galleries to the blind and partially sighted (introduction)
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


In this special half evening we consider the rights and needs of all people to access creative exhibition spaces.  At the moment, this process is in its infancy, but many people and organisations are striving to improve access and enjoyment for all.

Here are some of the questions we are going to consider:

  • Why do you enjoy exhibitions?
  • How would you feel going to an exhibition with limited sight?
  • What strategic issues are important?
  • How are galleries addressing these issues?
  • How can we enrich peoples experience of specific creative works?

Now its members turn, to try and write a description of a creative photographic work to aid understand and emotional attachment of the listener.  It is not as easy as it sounds!


If you need any additional information, contact me the email address below:

How to do Self-portraits
Dec 6 @ 8:45 pm – 9:45 pm


Durer 1500                                            Man Ray                                                 F. Woodman                                   V. Maier                                                                    Andy Warhol                                            Cindy Sherman


                  Self-Portraiture from the early artists such as Durer to photographers of the present day

Jun Ahn                                              Kutovakika



This session is all about self-portraiture.  Everyone takes them and around the world millions are shot each day.

We are going to look at shooting using simple phone cameras to more complex equipment and capturing conventional images to more contemporary ones.  The fun is getting something original and exciting.  Below are some historical examples.

Self-Portraiture from the early artists such as Durer to photographers of the present day.

Contact Marie by email

“Interaction of Colour” by Vincent Knaus BA
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Vincent Knaus started teaching photography in 1982 as a photolab instructor at the S.H.A.P.E. Arts and Craft Center Photolab, S.H.A.P.E. Belgium. He taught black and white film processing, black and white printing, colour printing and studio lighting. While at S.H.A.P.E. he also worked as a teacher’s assistant (photography) for Big Bend Community College S.H.A.P.E. extension. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida in December of 1987 with a BA in Studio Art/Photography. He worked as a photographer’s assistant for the next five years working with numerous photographers, on a wide range of projects, on a freelance basis.

His big break came in the mist of a natural disaster. He was working as an assistant with an American Red Cross staff photographer on a nurse assistant training textbook when hurricane Andrew went through South Florida. All of the American Red Cross Staff Photographers went to Florida to cover the disaster. Vincent was given the opportunity to finish the images for that textbook. The team at the American Red Cross and the publisher, Mosby Lifeline, were so impressed with his work they offered to let him create the cover photograph for that textbook, which he did. Since then Vincent has created images for more than 25 textbooks and annual reports for organizations including the American Red Cross, American Health Care Association, United States Olympic Committee, StayWell and Mosby Lifeline. “Its a great feeling to know my work has helped to save lives.” says Vincent, talking about his work with authors and publishers of EMT, First Responder, Paramedic and Lifeguard training textbooks.

He has also created images for annual reports for Regional Blood Services of the American Red Cross. His most recent projects include producing over 400 images for a series of lifeguard training textbooks and over 300 images for a babysitting textbook both for the American Red Cross. He has also worked with the American Red Cross and the United States Olympic Committee on a set of Sports Safety Training textbooks. Vincent created the majority of the images for these textbooks in various locations such as hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes and on ride along with fire departments and emergency medical personnel. “I prefer working outdoors so working around pools and at the beach with lifeguards and athletic trainers are some of my favourite projects.” Vincent says.

Free to members. Guests welcome – £5.

Xmas Event
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We usually have a Xmas Party at this time.
Covid-permitting this will be the case in 2021 too.
However if covid does not allow we will instead have an online event such as a quiz.

Details to follow.

“Get Creative” by Glenys Garnett BA(Hons)
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

An online event entitled “Get Creative” and given by Glenys Garnett.

Glenys started her own business in 2011 after obtaining a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Communication at Leeds Metropolitan University and Batley School of Art & Design.
She lives and works in Wakefield as a full time freelance Photographer, Artist and Graphic Designer and work exclusively in the digital medium.

She has a love of nature; the mountains, the sea, animals, birds, trees and tries to find a way to present an image to the viewer that will allow them to see the world through her eyes. She is often awed by the complexity of nature and how it presents itself in form, texture and a myriad of colours. All of her life experiences are reflected through her imagery, and this continues to shape her as a photographer and artist.

Glenys is not a purist about photography. She uses the camera as a tool, the first part of the process of producing an image, often with an artistic intent rather than a documentary capture. This may involve a number of creative techniques, including multiple exposure, ICM (intentional camera movement) and sometimes a combination of both.

She also produces what she calls “my Creative Images” – these are often montages or composites made in Photoshop and represent a more artistic approach to her imagery.

Free to members. Guests welcome – £5.