A warm welcome for novice and experienced photographers of Banburyshire
Category: Cafe Red
It is with great sadness that Cafe Red – the canalside cafe which is part of Banbury Museum – has now closed. Banbury Camera Club has been providing exhibitions of Members’ work for 3 years.
Our first exhibition in this space was to commemorate Banbury Camera Club’s 70th Anniversary. In 2016 we displayed an exhibition representing “British Life” to coincide with the museum’s official exhibition “The British Life Photography Awards Exhibition”. Since then, the work of many of our members have been presented at Cafe Red. This work has been described as excellent by many people independent of our club.
See a new exhibition by Derek Lane from 8 March 2019 in Cafe Red. This replaces Chris Baldwin’s photos of Stellar Sea Eagles.
This exhibition further demonstrates the high quality photography and diversity of subjects achieved by the members of Banbury Camera Club. Why not call in for refreshments and enjoy the photography on the wall.
We have a new exhibition which started on 8 February 2019. Barry Barker’s image have been replaced with Chris Baldwin’s The ‘Stellar’ Collection. If you look through the results of our club competitions, you will find some of these images. Here’s what Chris says.
I call these images my “Stellar” Collection as the main characters in the are Stellar Sea Eagles. They were photographed just off the coast of the northernmost island of Japan – Hokkaido. I went out on a fishing boat from the port of Rausu to an area of pack-ice a few miles off the coast. The boat was rammed into the pack-ice to give us a stable platform to photograph from and the crew threw fish for the birds.
What followed was a comic display of aggression and bullying as the birds contrived to get the food. Often they didn’t eat the fish immediately, holding on to it and defending it from other birds. Their main rivals were the White Tailed Eagles and they had to ward off many types of gulls and groups of crows.
This provided the main highlight of a 2 week journey across Japan including the winter migration of the cranes and other birds. A group of of us plus a guide stayed in cheap local hotels, dressing, eating and sleeping as native Japanese – a unique and enjoyable experience.
I took up photography in my student days at Leeds University in the 1960’s. It has stayed with me since as photography moved into the digital age. Nowadays we huddle over computer screens instead of groping around in the darkness. However the thrill of creating and fine tweaking an image still exists.
As we come up to the end of November, the Banbury Camera Club exhibition at Café Red has been changed again. Jane Javis’ excellent prints of aircraft have been replaced with another set of prints by members of the club.
Just before the end of October a new exhibition was hung at Café Red to replace the excellent Monochrome Prints by Toby Solebury. The new one showcases the photographs of Club Member Jane Jarvis who is an expert in aircraft photography.
Jane exhibited some of her photos at Café Red previously alongside 5 other club members in the Women in Photography Exhibition which ran from 30/3/2018 to 15/6/2018. At the time she said “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.”
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.
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
I 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.
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 – WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
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.
From 6/7/2018 to 27/7/2018 – Alan Sheers Photography, featuring Lake District landscapes and the family dogs.
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.
From 15/6/2018 to 6/7/2018 Banbury Camera Club member Jamie Bodley-Scott showing his ARPS panel of Gothenburg reflections.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.