OPS Weekly Newsletter 12 November October

  1. Last week’s meeting – GULAG: a journey into the darkness of Stalin’s Siberian prison with Barry Lewis 

Barry’s talk was very well received scoring on average a ‘9’ from members. It was also a very well attended evening with 32 people attending and which 21 were members.

  1. Next Tuesday’s meeting: Digital Projected Image Competition no. 2

Our judge for the evening is Chris Forster.

The Wallingford Photographic Club has some interesting thoughts on camera club competitions. One penned by our judge for the evening. See here: https://www.wallingfordphoto.club/competition-advice.html

Wallingford also has a Lens Culture article, How to Get the Most out of Photography Competitions here: https://www.wallingfordphoto.club/uploads/1/2/1/6/12167604/how_to_get_the_most_out_of_photography_competitions.pdf

And finally a piece on the Art of Critique here: https://www.wallingfordphoto.club/uploads/1/2/1/6/12167604/the_art_of_critique.pdf

  1. Upcoming meetings in November

Tuesday 21 November: Lightroom/Bridge file management and editing

With Brian Worsley. More details here: http://oxfordphotosociety.co.uk/opsevent/being-worked-on-tba/

 

Tuesday 28 November: Living and working as a professional photographer in Namibia

Scott Hurd via zoom. More details here: http://oxfordphotosociety.co.uk/opsevent/wildlife-from-namibia/

 

  1. General photographic interest

The Miracle of Photography

More shadows than men, really; just silhouettes, might as well be smudges on the lens. Hard to notice at first, the two undifferentiated figures in the lower left-hand of the picture, at the corner of the Boulevard du Temple. A bootblack squats down and shines the shoes of a man contrapasso above him; impossible to tell what they’re wearing or what they look like. Obviously no way to ascertain their names or professions. At first they’re hard to recognize as people, these whispers of a figure joined together, eternally preserved by silver-plated copper and mercury vapor; they’re insignificant next to the buildings, elegant Beaux-Arts shops and theaters, wrought iron railings along the streets and chimneys on their mansard roofs.

https://themillions.com/2023/11/the-miracle-of-photography.html?ref=refind

Global Call — LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2024

The LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2024 continue our tradition of celebrating visionary photographers from around the globe. We invite all photographers to explore and present the unseen, the unheard and the unspoken through their lenses.https://www.lensculture.com/photo-competitions/art-photography-awards/2024?utm_term=AP24-CFE&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sendy&utm_content=AP24-CFE&utm_campaign=AP24-CFE&authtoken=6708109c30034e1c90436a85fb7a13a3d080b5

Head On portrait award 2023 winners and finalists – in pictures

A record 702 emerging and professional photographers from Australia and around the world are taking part in this year’s Head On photo festival in Sydney, with $70,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs across the portrait, landscape, environmental and student categories. The event runs until 3 December across 30 locations around Sydney, including along the Bondi Beach promenade, the Bondi Pavilion, Paddington Reservoir Gardens, The Muse gallery at Tafe NSW Ultimo and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Here are some of the most acclaimed and thought-provoking images from the portrait category

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2023/nov/11/head-on-portrait-award-2023-winners-and-finalists-in-pictures

The beauty of the natural world in monochrome – in pictures

Photographer Peter Dazeley has a new book showcasing his detailed images of animals and flowers in black and white. Produced using platinum prints in a technique that dates from the late 1800s, Monochrome is available from Trope Publishing

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2023/nov/10/the-beauty-of-the-natural-world-in-monochrome-in-pictures

Reading the ruins: abandoned houses brought to life – in pictures

A new show at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol brings together works by Jill Quigley, who adds colourful splashes to her dilapidated dwellings, and Adrian Tyler, who highlights peeling walls and lives gone

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2023/nov/09/reading-the-ruins-abandoned-houses-brought-to-life-in-pictures