Alnwick and District Camera Club

Members’ nights are always a highlight of Alnwick and District Camera Club’s season and the latest was no exception.

Under the title What I Did This Summer, 14 members gave short presentations illustrated by projected images or prints. Nick Johnson started the ball rolling with some high-quality images of flowers, aircraft and Durham Cathedral, a theme that was followed up by some impressive photographs of the flower festival there taken by Gerry Simpson.

He was followed by Ian Atkinson who showed photographs taken at Beamish Museum alongside versions that had been digitally processed to give them a period feel. Then, for something completely different, Mike Christian gave an hilarious and memorable account of his abortive attempts to photograph swallows in flight – a work still in progress.

No less memorable were John Thompson’s superb quality views of Northumberland and the Lake District. Tom Dundas then talked about his prints, including an impressive view of the Tyne bridges taken from the roof of the Baltic.

Peter Sutcliffe came next with a fine series of pictures, including some extremely atmospheric and moody monochrome pictures. In contrast, Doug Ross’ wonderful images from the Basque Country radiated warmth and colour while Kevin Murray’s exceptional natural history pictures included close-ups of insects and birds in flight.

Gordon Charlton then showed some excellent pictures from Prague and Kenya, the latter a taste of a presentation he will be giving to the club next year. Closer to home, Dave Dixon’s interesting collection of pictures from the Glanton Show included flower studies, birds of prey in flight and terrier races.

Moving further north, Andrew Mackie presented a series of pictures taken on the Shetlands including some good wildlife and scenic images. Wedding photographs are seldom shown at the club but Dru Dodd’s accomplished pictures also included some imaginative and high-quality landscapes and cityscapes.

Last but by no means least, Rosie Cook-Jurie talked about her very individual collection of prints, ranging from abstract to natural history.