Pretty much anything goes for September's theme of Abstract. This is an opportunity to take a closer and different view of the things around us. There are patterns and details everywhere that we don't really notice and many familiar objects can look strange from new angles.
Please submit your Abstract photos by noon on 16th September.
This and all the other themes for the rest of this year are on our Calendar page. If you're not a member and there's anything on there you'd like to participate in then get in touch and come along to one of our meetings.
WHPC doesn't hold a Show and Tell meeting during August, instead we have a Challenge - the results of which will be shown during our September meeting. This year the Challenge is My Left Foot - no, me neither. So, members have from now until 15th September to take up to three photos on this theme. Good luck with that.
The Image of the Month part of the Show and Tell has no theme, it simply requires the submitted images to have been taken since the last meeting. This always means there is a wide range of subjects, although this month there was a slight railway theme.
The passage of a Tornado (steam locomotive, not destructive weather) in our locality caused several members to try and capture a picture - two members submitted photos of their efforts. Another settled for more modern motive power. However it was the natural world that inspired Chris Bowers with his wonderful Dragonfly image - a close-up shot taken at an unusual and dramatic angle which was voted the members' favourite.
All the Theme and Image of the Month photos submitted this month can be seen on the gallery page.
We met again in West Haddon Village Hall for July's Show and Tell. As this venue has good internet connectivity we were able to broadcast the meeting on Zoom, allowing members unwilling to travel to attend. The removal of remaining lockdown restrictions should enable us to return to our usual meeting place at the Baptist Schoolroom in September.
Our theme for July was English Pastoral and this caused some head-scratching amongst members as to what it meant. Dictionaries and search engines were consulted which produced a wide range of definitions; the consensus being English landscapes (definitely) with sheep, cows and other livestock (optional). This uncertainty generated a good selection of images. We seem to be fortunate recently that members are tapping in to a rich seam of creativity for their images, and this month it was continued. The photos shown each managed to convey a quintissential Englishness - one member remarked of one photo that you couldn't mistake it for any other country.
One member complained it became harder to choose a favourite as each subsequent image was presented. This was illustrated when the vote for the favourite theme photo was announced as a three-way tie: Orchard Sunset by David Kallmeier, Stone Barn by Adrian Chandler and Herringfleet Mill by Tony Teague.
Preparations are nearly complete for our 7th Annual Photo Show which has been much delayed due to the pandemic.
The new dates are Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September and it will be held in the usual venue of All Saints' Church, High Street, West Haddon, NN6 7AP. Admission is free.
We've invited everyone, no matter their photographic ability, to submit their own favourite photos either in print or digital form and these will be displayed in the church over the weekend of the show. The window for entries to this year's show has now closed.
You can browse the prints that will displayed throughout the Grade I listed church, then take a pew and watch the rolling show of digital image entries at leisure, perhaps with a cuppa and cake from the refreshment stall. You'll also have the opportunity to vote for your favourite print and digital image.