As every student of physiology will tell you, even the Archbishop of Canterbury is 90 per cent water, and it was water - so vital to our lives, our health and our enjoyment - that was the competition subject for The President’s Cup at Wooler Camera Club last Thursday.
In fact there were two competitions that evening because after the break members competed for the Tom Dickinson Trophy with Church Architecture as the chosen subject.
Both competitions were judged by John Wilson the president of the club and a distinguished photographer himself.
John commented that the standard of entries was high and this had been recognised by the awarding of a greater number of commendations that usual.
First then to the water, the theme title was “Water in Any Form” and in 31 images members gave the audience the power and majesty of waterfalls, the stillness and tranquillity of reflections and the contained strength of the waves. When water stops flowing it becomes ice or clouds and gives the image maker the chance of some spectacular sculptural studies. Water supports life both within and without and there were some mesmerising studies of fish and birds and humans simply enjoying or enduring getting wet.
Awarded first was Russell Young with a study of lake and sky entitled “Serenity” second Pat Young with “River Ripples” and third Patrick Sherald with “Rockies Sunrise.”
Members and guests then moved from the fluidity of water to the solidity of stone - from a natural material bounded by nature to one shaped by man for the glory of his maker.
There was majesty a plenty in this competition too. Images of glorious soaring architecture that drew the observer in and along, contrasted with the close intimate simplicity of a naturally lit altar. Carefully patterned coloured roof tiles compared with vibrant colours on flagstones. Shapes in stone gave the opportunity for some arresting views and perspectives. Nice human touches were given by some intriguing faces and animals carved in stone while pictures of some simply constructed churches in out of the way locations reminded us of man’s innate and universal desire to gather for a common purpose.
The winner of The Tom Dickinson Trophy on the theme of Church Architecture was Margaret Urwin with “Altar; Alban’s Abbey.” Second was Russell Young with “Boxgrove Church” and third was Patrick Sherald with “About Face.”
The next meeting of Wooler Camera Club will be on Thursday, January 31, at 7.30pm in the Glendale Hall Cheviot Street Wooler. When members will be given the opportunity to look at other members’ camera equipment and advice will be given throughout this informal meeting over a cup of tea or coffee.