IOMPS Courier Report for 24th September

Date Published 
Sun 3 Oct 2021

Courier Report 240921

The nights are drawing in and this tells us that we are almost in the Season of Autumn, with Winter just around the corner! So, what better way to spend those cold, wet and windy Wednesday evenings between now and next April than among photographic (or do I mean photogenic?) friends. Perhaps readers should be left to judge that for themselves!

The new season of the Isle of Man Photographic Society has been eagerly awaited. We hope everyone has been taking photographs over the pleasant summer months, even if opportunities to travel have been more limited this year. As we look ahead to our first night, on Wednesday, 29th September, we hope very much that we shall be able to complete our exciting Programme this time. (It was such a pity that last year’s schedule was punctuated by cancelled evenings due to the community ‘lockdowns’ as a result of the global Pandemic). The opening night next week will take the form of a gentle introduction to the Society’s work, led by the Society’s new President, Tony Curtis, and the display of images taken by members recently.

In addition to our usual competition evenings, which are always a source of good-natured rivalry, the new Committee has produced a programme with something for everyone. It features several instructional and highly entertaining evenings for both members and potential new members alike. These include good quality presentations by well-known local personalities such as retired Architect and experienced Island photographer, Patricia Tutt; Manx historian, Charles Guard; and Isle of Man Newspapers principal photographer, David Kneale. All of these are known for the excellence of their work so members and their guests will be keen to attend. Guidance will also be given on other Wednesdays about how to enter competitions, to prepare entries, and how to use studio lighting. The less experienced will find these evenings particularly helpful. 

On the social side, the Committee arranged a visit last month to the beautiful gardens at Milntown, Lezayre, followed by Afternoon Tea. This was a wonderful occasion in lovely warm sunshine, and the food that followed was very good indeed. This outing was enjoyed by everyone and provided many good photographic opportunities.

The Society will be meeting at the St John Ambulance Headquarters on Glencrutchery Road in Douglas at 7.00 pm each Wednesday from next week. Guests are always made most welcome, but will be asked to make a nominal contribution to offset our running costs. Why not join us, no matter what your experience or skills levels might be, to share in this fascinating hobby with like-minded individuals! If you think you might be interested, please look at our redesigned website for further details.

The Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the IOM Arts Council.

By Antony Hamilton


Image 01: Water Lily, Milntown Gardens by Tony Curtis

Image 02: Milntown House and Gardens by Steve Johnstone