Review of 2016 Blesma PHOTOGRAPHY Group

Highlights from some of the Blesma Photography group events during 2016


Verdi Studio Experience Day

Over two separate days, the team at Verdi Studios who are also located in Chadwell Heath donated their time and studio to Blesma Members.

In the studio

Verdi Studios donated more than just the fully equipped and accessible studio, which they closed to the public over the two days. They donated their time, expertise and arranged lunch and models.

Studio Lighting

Those of us that attended were privileged to have such an opportunity to experience this level of photography and to have such expert tuition was brilliant; the results were amazing. Verdi studios and all those that gave their time have made a huge impact on the limbless veterans that travelled from as far away as Somerset and Yorkshire.

Blesma Members also enjoyed some more valuable studio time with the Verdi's later in the year in August.


Members of the Photography group met up to see the Enduring Eye, the complete exhibition at the Royal Geographical Socitey.

Honouring the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton, Frank Hurley and the men of the Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917, 'Enduring Eye'

The group
After the exhibition we wandered along to the Royal Albert Hall and enjoyed lunch with live music.

main page image by Kev Bryant


Blesma Beginners Photography Course held in Blackpool

Images by Charley Streather


A visit to the Wildlife Photography of the Year 2015-2016 Exhibition at the Natural History Museum

We thoroughly enjoyed the 'Behind the scenes Spirit Collection Tour'.

Interested friends and family also came along


We paid a visit to Blind Veterans UK photography Group

A lovely day at BVUK in Brighton


In June, it was an absolute pleasure to visit Joanne Olney at Headley Court and to sit in on one of the photography sessions she runs for wounded veterans.

Headley Court


In June, we all enjoyed the Blesma Members Weekend

Photography Activity table at the Members weekend
Carole King Briggs trying out Macro photography


Blesma Wildlife & Landscape Photography Activity on the Isle of Mull

Below are some images taken by Blesma Members during the week long activity on Mull

Images by Pete Norton, Brendan West, Allan Long and Charley Streather

Also in July...

Calling Southwest Blesma Photographers!

A local photography event was arranged.

The idea was to join up with other Blesma members at all photographic skill levels using anything from an iPhone to DSLR and to share time together.

Martin Berry
Martin Berry
Ivor Tunks

Main image taken by Jon Bevan



Blesma Ambassador, Marcus Lyon hosted a photography event for Blesma photographers at the Imperial War Museum

Hillary Robert and Kathleen Palmer of the IWM hosted the Blesma group and gave an interesting talk on the origins IWM to record the causes and consequences of conflict. .

Edmund Clark: War of Terror, an exhibition of photography, film and documents exploring hidden experiences of state control in the ‘Global War on Terror’, opens this summer at IWM London. This will be Edmund Clark’s first major solo show in the UK and will include content that has never been displayed before in Britain.
Edmund Clark

Edward Barber - Peace Signs

Main image taken by Steve Barnes.


A successful trip to Buckfastleigh Butterfly Farm & Otter Sanctuary and to the South Devon Steam Railway was arranged with the aim of bringing Blesma Members together to practice their photography skills.

Images by Mick Williams and Martin Berry,


Image by Pradip Rai


Blesma Photographic Challenge in December was to create an image using Bokeh

1st place awarded to Steve Barnes
Brendan West
Mark Jenkins
Jan McLelland
Brian Chenier
Charley Streather
Martin Berry
Sue Wright Uppington

and one more thing.....

We are so proud that the winning images from Blesma Photography Group monthly and seasonal competitions were used in the Blesma 2017 Calendar!

Reframing lives through photography

Created By
sue wright uppington


Lots of Blesma Photographers! 🌈

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