BCC Annual Exhibition 2018

Annual Exhibition 2018

2018 ExhibitionBanbury Camera Club hold their 15th Annual Exhibition from Tuesday 30th October to Sunday 4th November at The Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney. It will be open during school hours, weekdays and 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free.

We expect to have around 130 framed prints by members to be on display. Many of the framed prints are for sale and the proceeds will go to support Katherine House Hospice. There will also be a number of unframed prints in the hayrack which are for sale.

This video shows Banbury Camera Club Members at the Exhibition Hanging day.

New Season Competition

Overlooked in Soho by Andrew Spackman

The first club competition of the new season took place on 8th October. There was a range of excellent prints by members judged by Steve Galvin from Marlow Camera Club. Follow the link to see the results and view the winning images. As usual the competition was in two sections Colour Prints and Monochrome Prints. The winners for Colour Prints were tied into two first places. These results will contribute points towards the annual trophies which will be awarded at the end of the spring term.

Monochrome Prints by Toby Solebury

Toby Solebury at Cafe Red

The last Friday in September was Café Red Exhibition Change Over day. We now have a very fine set of Monochrome Prints on display from Toby Solebury. Considering that Toby is a relative beginner in Photography the images are stunning. He has a ‘seeing eye’ as street photographers like to say. You are urged to get along to Café Red to enjoy Coffee and Cake whilst basking in the reflected glory of another fine exhibition from one of our fellow members.
Mono prints by Toby at Cafe Red

Annual Exhibition 2018

Annual Exhibition 2018

Annual Exhibition — Show your photos

The Annual Exhibition of members’ images is held in the Heseltine Gallery of Chenderit School. Each member can enter up to three prints in this exhibition, which will be open to the public from Tuesday to Friday 30 Oct to 2 November and over the weekend of 3rd/4th November.

All prints are displayed in standard 40x50cm frames, while the photos can be of any size, using individually cut mount boards. Prints can be offered for sale, including in a hayrack, in aid of Katharine House Hospice.

Members entering their photographs to the Annual Exhibition should hand in a completed form as soon as possible, but may bring the prints in either on the Mount Cutting Day – 13th October or the Hanging Day – 27th October. The Exhibition Form is available here. Alternatively a copy can be collected on a Monday evening.

Andrew Spackman at Café Red

Andrew Spackman at Cafe Red

This week saw a change over of the Banbury Camera Club exhibition at Café Red – Another fine set of images now on display, this time from our very own Master of the Leica – Andrew Spackman ARPS.

A delightful set of high quality colour street photography images taken within the last Month.

The standard and variety of work that is coming out for these exhibitions is very good – a real credit to the club – and More To Come!!

Do note that access to the Cafe is now via the canal tow path only as the Museum is undergoing a renovation.

One not to miss this and any Print Sales Andrew makes goes to Katherine House Hospice.

Photographs by Andrew Spackman

Ian SpackmanI have been taking photographs since 1954. My very first photo, of my brother Ian in his pram, was taken on my parents’ Kodak folding camera. As you can see, he has a tree growing out of his head. These days I still make the same elementary error but do it, rather more expensively, with a Leica digital camera. I have been a member of Banbury Camera Club since 1991 and greatly value the expertise, encouragement and friendship of our nearly seventy members.

The Photographs: Italy 2018 – Mostly People

The photographs were taken during a fortnight’s holiday in June. We were staying in Passignano sul Trasimeno, just into Umbria and near the border with Tuscany.

One of my main interests is catching entirely spontaneous moments. Generally the people are unaware that they are being photographed, though one of the waiters in photo 12 seems to have spotted me. I am looking for something interesting which can
make a good design and, ideally, which hints at some story. I always hope that those pictured would like the results and certainly Martino’s mother was pleased to receive a copy of photo 11. If there is some humour – and that’s usually the intention – it isn’t aimed at the people portrayed. On the contrary, I like to think they would smile too. “Gosh, that was a tiring walk!” I imagine the seated couple in photo 8 saying.

The photos feature both residents and tourists and cover work, relaxation and play. None of the pictures was planned in advance. We never know what to expect and there are always surprises. Next year, the chap in photo 16 won’t be relaxing on the seat but no doubt something else will be happening which may make a picture.

Bird Photography by Barry Boswell at Café Red

Barry Boswell

Andrew Spackman and Charles Binns changed over the Café Red exhibition on 27th July.

The Café Red staff were very sad to see Alan Sheers’ pictures go but Barry Boswell’s Bird Photography continued the very high standard.

Whilst completing the changeover a German couple took down details of both workers wanting to buy prints.

We are very lucky to have so many fine photographers in our club. I would encourage you all to take a look at the latest set.


Barry Boswell

Having been born and raised in the English countryside, I have always had an interest in wildlife and natural history. I took up wildlife photography in the early 2000’s as the rapid development in digital cameras and long focal length lenses presented opportunities to capture images which would have been almost impossible in the days of film. Happily, the struggle for market share amongst the main photographic equipment manufacturers means that development continues apace with regular new innovations and improvements in both cameras and lenses. I personally use Canon DSLR cameras and a range of lenses with focal lengths up to 500mm.

Whilst, given the chance, I am happy to photograph any wildlife from small insects to large mammals, my favourite topic has always been the birds of Britain and Europe. It is a vast subject and, as an amateur photographer with limited time and resources, I know I will never come close to getting decent pictures of all of the species. But this is of no importance as almost any outing will provide the chance to get interesting and pleasing images. I find the combination of photography and wildlife watching hugely enjoyable and I get as much fun from it today as when I started some 15 years ago.

My website currently features some 280 different species of birds and I still get the opportunity to add a few new ones from time to time. If you would like to have a look at the site, you will find it at www.britishbirdphotographs.com.

This small exhibition attempts to show the beauty and diversity of the birds which inhabit the British Isles and Europe, from the large eagles which most of us see rarely to the tiny Goldcrest which any of us can see in the English countryside if we care to go and look. We take birds for granted – they have always been there and we love to see them in our gardens – but many species are in decline for a variety of reasons ranging from global warming to human persecution and loss of suitable habitat. The RSPB, local nature reserves and many other organisations do great work in protecting and preserving our natural heritage but we all of us need to be aware of the increasingly fine balance between the needs of people and the needs of nature, and not take any of our wildlife for granted.

Email: barryjboswell@gmail.com

Website: www.britishbirdphotographs.com

You can see more about Banbury Camera Club’s Exhibitions at Café Red – here.

Alan Sheers Photography

Alan Sheers at Cafe Red

From 6/7/2018 to 27/7/2018 – Alan Sheers Photography, featuring Lake District landscapes and the family dogs.

Alan Sheers at Cafe Red

Alan Sheers poster

On 6th July 2018 Charles Binns, Alan Sheers and Andrew Spackman hung the latest exhibition in Café Red, sixteen of Alan’s superb pictures of the Lake District and dogs. It will be on show until 27th July, when we will be hanging an exhibition from Barry Boswell.
Get along for a coffee and cake and take a look, well worth it.

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Jamie Bodley-Scott ARPS

Jamie at Cafe Red

From 15/6/2018 to 6/7/2018 Banbury Camera Club member Jamie Bodley-Scott showing his ARPS panel of Gothenburg reflections.

Jamie with his panel of photosJamie at Cafe RedThe first of our new Monthly exhibitions at Cafe Red is now in place.

Jamie Bodley-Scott has put up his very fine and successful ARPS (Associate of The Royal Photographic Society) portfolio. The set of photographs has been carefully hung to replicate the Panel that Jamie put forward for his ARPS distinction. It is a classic example of the 16th image – 15 Prints displayed in such a way that the uniformity and layout of the panel as whole create a 16th Image.

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Women in Photography Exhibition

Women in Photography Exhibition

From 30/3/2018 to 15/6/2018 – An exhibition by six members of Banbury Camera Club. Sixteen prints with either three or two photos from each in the exhibition.

Women in Photography Exhibition
From left: Lesley Ramsay, Jane Jarvis, Diana Gamble, Helene Boily, Suzanne McNally and Courtney Killpack.

Select the tabs below to see a statement from each exhibitor.


Courtney Killpack

I have only been taking photographs for just over 12 months with my Canon 1300D DSLR, although I have previously experimented with a Canon Powershot Pro 1 I was given by a good friend of mine a few years back. The first photo I took with my DSLR was of my Springer Spaniels on a cold and misty Xmas day post-lunch afternoon walk.

I still enjoy taking photos of my springer spaniels as they are a good source of entertainment and like to keep me on my toes! I also enjoy taking photos of vintage and modern day race cars and Yorkshire wildlife, as I spend a lot of time on the moors with friends and family.


Lesley Ramsay

Photography was always a part of my life as my father was a keen photographer (he worked for Columbia Pictures before the war). I’ve also been lucky enough to travel to many places in the world. I started taking photographs as a way of simply recording my journeys. I like the immediacy of ‘capturing the moment’ and my interests are mainly based around street and wildlife photography.

In spite of the best efforts of the experts at Banbury Camera Club, I still don’t know my apertures from my focal lengths, and so I just enjoy taking photos!


Jane Jarvis

My interest in photography began as a teenager and my passion for creating images has only grown over the years.

I enjoy a wide range of photography, particularly travel and street photography, capturing my images originally on film but now with a digital camera.

Much of my knowledge has been gained through being a long time member of Banbury Camera Club, and I continue to learn and enjoy improving my images.


Suzanne McNally

I was bought a day’s photographic workshop 18 months ago, I borrowed a camera, went to Bushey Park in London to photograph the stags rutting and I have never looked back.

I have always been snapping pictures and now with the support of the Banbury Camera Club, I have bought my own camera and I spend many hours photographing wildlife, flora and landscapes.

One of my photographs is from the photographic workshop of a stag ‘showing off’ with bracken and the second is quite abstract of water gliding over some rocks with the outlines of trees creating these lovely patterns.


Diana Gamble

I have been interested in photography since I was young and started off with a Box Brownie camera, in the days of film. Wildlife was also a major interest of mine and now I am able to get a huge amount of enjoyment – and sometimes reward – attempting to catch wildlife in their natural habitat.


Helene Boily

As an artist, I have always been interested in photography and, in 2016, decided to join the Banbury Camera Club so that I could explore and progress this art form further. As a young girl growing up in Quebec Canada, most of my free time was spent sketching, drawing and painting portraits of people which I found in my favourite magazine, the National Geographic. What drew me to this magazine was its vast array of colourful images of people from exotic places around the world. As I grew older, my focus widened to include animals and, today, capturing beautiful images of people, pets and wildlife is what I strive for.

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Zoe Meredith

Zoe Meredith

From 2/2/2018 to 30/3/2018 Photographs by club member Zoe Meredith.

A new exhibition of twelve photos by Zoe Meredith is being shown from the beginning of February 2018. This replaces the photos from the Katharine House Hospice 2018 Calendar.

Zoe Meredith

Photographs by Zoe Meredith

I joined Banbury Camera Club in September 2017 and was thrilled to see three of my images included in the Club’s Annual Exhibition in the Heseltine Gallery at Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney.

With strong artistic instincts, I enjoy creative projects whether they involve painting, sketching or making the most of photographic opportunities. At present I spend the working day fulfilling my role as Student Librarian at the Northampton College Daventry Campus library whilst also continuing my academic studies in the Supported Learning Department.

My photography is not limited to any particular type. Quite simply, if a scene or subject appeals to me, I decide there and then to capture it as decisively as possible. As a result my portfolio contains a broad variety of images. I suppose the common threads that bind them together are key moments of observation and the no-nonsense execution of a shot.

Until recently I have had to rely on the basic Canon point-and-shoot camera with which these photos were taken. At Christmas I was given a Nikon Coolpix, though as photography tightens its grip as a serious hobby, a major upgrade in the near future seems extremely likely.

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