The Stellar Collection by Chris Baldwin

Chris Baldwin's exhibition

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.

Chris BaldwinI 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.

Photography beats art?

Photography beats art

As we come into January, the Catherine House Calendar Exhibition at Cafe Red has now been replaced by a very fine ‘installation’ from Barry Barker.

It comes from his FRPS Panel – and if ever you want to see how Photography can be art take a look at this exhibition.


In fact – looking at the paintings on the other wall I would say in this instance Photography beats art.

Another example of the quality and diversity of work that our members are capable of.

Well done Barry.

Popular Vote Winner

Lone tree at Llyn Padarn

Dennis Knight Winner of popular vote at annual exhibition

During our Annual Exhibition held from 30th October to 4th November 2018, visitors were asked to vote for their favourite photographs.

The winner was Dennis Knight who was awarded his prize by Andrew Spackman at the club meeting on November 5th.

We hold our Annual Exhibitions in the Michael Heseltine Gallery at Chenderit School. You can see more about our Exhibitions here on this website.

Jane Jarvis at Café Red

Jane at Cafe Red

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.”

Here you can see more about the Women in Photography Exhibition

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.