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Photography Group 2015
The topic of our January meeting was Everyday objects from unusual angles.
Two photographs by Brian Beck were deemed the best followed by one from Chris Gibson and one from Walter Mason.
The topic of our February meeting was “Art Deco”; much more of a challenge than previous topics. Members searched family possessions and used Google to look for things to photograph, then produced a range of photographs including local buildings, furniture and china. The winner of the competition was Fred Goodier, for his photograph of a Royal Doulton milk jug made in the 1930s.
Second and third were Diane’s photos of the Compton organ in Stockport Plaza and of the art deco building on Quay Street Manchester, which started life as a bus station in the 1930s.
Our photographs led to a wide-ranging discussion (with help from the internet) to find information about Fred’s Royal Doulton jug and to explore Art Deco buildings in Manchester. Several of these were in the Swan Street/Oldham Road area and appeared rundown and in need of TLC. We thought that perhaps listed status makes modernisation difficult or expensive.
We also discovered that there were many art deco cinemas scattered around Greater Manchester but few of these remain. Later, our discussion widened to art deco in Underground stations in London, Paris and Moscow, the landmark Midland Hotel in Morecambe and theatre organs.
Our next meeting is 19 March, when the subject of the competition is “Crowds”.
Diane Saxon /Walter Mason
In April we welcomed Bob Barlow to our group, and hope he enjoyed our meeting. Theis month’s competition “Manchester” had a variety of subjects, but mostly photographed in the city centre. The result was 1st – Walter Mason “Selfridges at Christmas”; 2nd Chris Gibson “Manchester Town Hall”; 3rd Walter Mason “Triangle – former Corn Exchange”. A few emailed images sent for the competition were small, and required group knowledge and some computer experimentation to bring towards full screen size. Later, Fred projected a DVD on portrait taking, which gave useful tips on obtaining best pictures.