IN THE SALON: Members of Alnwick and District Camera Club enjoyed an audio visual presentation of pictures from the London Salon’s 100th annual exhibition at their latest meeting.
Almost 200 pictures, selected by the salon judges for their artistic and creative merits, covered a wide variety of subjects with images ranging from conventional landscapes and portraits to digitally manipulated abstracts.
The images presented were digital copies of the prints submitted for judging and, in some cases, there was an inevitable loss of quality, particularly from those originally printed on heavily textured papers.
Nevertheless, this was an impressive display of high quality photographs.
In many pictures there was a pleasing trend towards use of muted colours with pastel shades much in evidence.
Monochrome photographs featured some very strong, graphic images.
Among the most interesting pictures were some fine minimalist images and others employing blurred or soft focus effects.
There were also some excellent portraits and well-composed pictures of people in their working environment.
Although, for the most part these were quite conventional in their approach.
While most pictures were in standard landscape or portrait dimensions, square and letterbox formats were also popular.
These seem to be gaining wider acceptance.
Overall this was an interesting and stimulating presentation, displaying good use of composition, colour and imagination with a nice element of humour in a number of pictures.
Throughout the evening, members were encouraged to comment on the pictures.
It was soon evident that there was a difference of opinion over a number of the entries, leading to some interesting discussion.