Courier Report 10th March 2023

Date Published 
Tue 7 Mar 2023
The genial Eddie Fryer was our judge for the first meeting in March. Eddie is a long-standing member of the Western Club, so is widely regarded as being sufficiently independent, experienced and qualified to be invited to fulfil this most important roles in an objective manner. An eloquent speaker and fair-minded judge, Eddie had judged for the Society on many occasions in the past, but this was the first time since the Society had relocated to its new home in the St John Ambulance HQ, off Glencrutchery Road.

The numbers of entries were rather less than would normally be expected, so Eddie had generously agreed to judge two assignments on the same evening, namely “People” and “The Seasons”. Having viewed each of the print and projected digital images in advance, his commentary immediately revealed how painstakingly he had undertaken his set task as he impressed members with his attention to detail. Complimenting members of the Society on the high standard of presentation of the print entries, he spent time examining every image with care before giving clear, descriptive comments on their merits, helpful observations as to how the entries might have been improved further, perhaps by choosing a different vantage point to enhance the composition, and justifying his markings (out of 20).

In the “People” competition for mono prints, first place went to Ron Shimmin for ‘Concourse’ with 18 points and this image was also awarded Best in competition. Sue Jones was placed first in the digital mono prints with ‘Spot Lit’ and 17 points. The Colour prints section was also won by Ron Shimmin with 18 points for ‘Gospel Group’ and the digital colour category was won by Geoff Atkinson with 18 points for ‘Admiring the View’.

In the “Seasons” competition, Chris Nicholls scored 19 points for his mono print ‘Autumn Down Town’ and also gained Best Image in the Season's competition whilst the top mark of 19 was awarded to Ron Shimmin for ‘Autumn Carpet’ in the colour prints. In the projected digital competitions, Sue Jones took the honours in both mono and colour with, respectively, ‘Dash to the Sea, New Year Dip’ (18 points) and ‘Springtime Nest Gathering’ (19 points). One poignant image in this class pictured the juxtaposition of new life ‘Sign of Spring’ amid the gravestones of a cemetery.

After our refreshments break, which proved to be a convivial affair, Eddie Fryer had chosen to show his own excellent record of a Norwegian Coastal Voyage trip to mark his wife’s special birthday 5 years previously. It had been a splendid evening’s entertainment, thanks entirely to Eddie Fryer with his encouraging remarks and personal presentation.

We next meet on Wednesday, 15th March, at 7.00 pm when professional photographer, Andrew Barton, has kindly agreed to review the images captured by both members and guests at the recent urban (Douglas streets event) photography evening. Guests and potential new members are always welcome to join us and are encouraged to attend.

By Antony Hamilton