Alnwick and District Camera Club

HIGHEST ORDER: Alnwick and District Camera Club’s latest meeting was devoted to An Evening with Alan McCormick.

Alan, from Hexham and District Photographic Society is not only a fine photographer but also an entertaining speaker. His light-hearted presentation did not disguise the fact that his work is of the highest order, covering a wide range of subjects from landscapes to portraits and abstracts. The quality of his prints was excellent and he explained how he had used different papers to achieve specific effects.

Many of Alan’s photographs were taken while on holiday and his pictures from Greece were outstanding. His eye for colour and detail had produced some striking pictures, often from seemingly mundane subjects.

Closer to home, his pictures of Northumberland showed an affection for local landscapes and his images of such iconic buildings as the Sage demonstrated a fresh approach that was very appealing.

People pictures also figured strongly with sequences taken in Whitby and Pickering. Whitby’s goths are willing subjects for photographers and Alan had taken full advantage of this to produce some striking portraits. His photographs taken during wartime re-enactments at Pickering successfully captured a bygone age as did pictures from Beamish Museum.

This was a most enjoyable evening in which Alan’s infectious enthusiasm for photography shone through.