Welcome to our first ever Virtual Exhibition
It's not how we would have preferred to showcase our year's work, but we hope that it will give you the opportunity to keep in touch with what our members have been up to.
In line with the format of our traditional, physical Exhibition, we have three aspects on offer. We have the usual Members' Panels and the ever-popular 12-Shot Challenge Panels. Instead of a new Exhibition Audio-Visual (AV) Presentation, we are showing a selection of past Exhibition AVs.
Scroll down to see each section.
We start with the panels from members, where they show, in just ten images each, how their work has developed over the last decade or so. Scroll down for each member's retrospective and look out for the descriptive sections where you can find out more about each author's approach to their photography.
Below are just thumbnails of the entries, which may be cropped. You can see a more complete and detailed view of any picture just by clicking or tapping on it. When zooming into pictures in that are presented in grids, you can slide back and forth through them by swiping, if you're using a tablet or phone, or by clicking on the left and right arrows.
We hope you enjoy the show. Start by scrolling down.
When I joined SPS back around 2013, I’d not long got back into photography, switched to digital and was getting to grips with Photoshop. It probably showed, but an advantage of digital is that you can go back and re-edit old images.
Since then the photographs have, I think, improved a bit. As well as recording the scenery, there are more abstract views to be found. The view from a hotel window in downtown Calgary was manipulated at home, and I found a different view of the well-known tourist spot at Jokulsarlon in Iceland.
My photography journey started back when digital meant a wrist watch. Getting the shot right in camera, sending off the film and waiting for the prints to come back in the post (or developing black and white images in my dad’s shed - which I called my dark room) was what it was all about.
Then I lost my way a little until 2008 when I purchased my first digital SLR. My first DSLR camera was just a point and shoot, and little did I know that this would be the beginning of re-finding my passion for photography.
I took loads of images, learning as I went, but didn’t really have a direction or purpose - just going out and hoping I would see something worth capturing. So in 2012, I decided to join Sileby Photographic Society, hoping to find like-minded individuals who would push me to make better pictures.
Since then I think I have improved dramatically, entering competitions and hearing judges critique my work and understanding what they see in an image really helps in both capturing and editing.
Cruise ships have taken us to many destinations including Glacier Bay in Alaska and to the top of world in Spitzbergen, where we visited the deserted old Russian coal-mining settlement of Pyramiden.
Other visits have been made to Sydney to see the harbour bridge, Bora Bora in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, St Petersburg to see the treasures in the Hermitage Museum and our favourite destination of Mauritius where the red-roofed church is a well-known landmark.
The human eye, as wonderful as it is, sees everything as if it were a constant video. With my ND filters I can now capture a fraction of a second or several minutes of time in a single picture.
For me there is only one type of photography: wildlife. I started my journey in photography with botanical subjects. I was able to see and record so many beautiful flowers, in particular the Orchids group is something very special.
Then I discovered another amazing world, the world of the insects, with so many species, with weird creatures, beautiful colours and shapes, in particular Moths and Butterflies really fascinating me.
When I reached the age of retirement, I had more time to dedicate to photography, so I was able to travel around the world, and photograph different iconic wildlife.
But I still get a lot of pleasure photographing very rare flowers in their stunning habitat.
I initially became hooked on photography in my teens, spending my first month’s salary pre-university on an Olympus OM1 and enjoying processing and printing my own B&W prints. The arrival of digital reinvigorated my love for photography in the early 2000’s and I joined SPS in 2009.
The magic of photography allows me to capture a moment in time, enabling it to be enjoyed in perpetuity. The digital darkroom provides tremendous control over the appearance of the final picture and in my opinion this stage is equally valid and as important a part of the process as capturing the moment itself.
I also have a love for abstract modern art and frequently visit exhibitions. This enthusiasm influences aspects of my photography. I am fascinated by the ‘seeing’. Through enquiring and capturing such images, the results transcend subject, time and light. I then delight in the contemplative personal emotional responses provoked by such beguiling photographs.
Whenever time allows, I find becoming totally absorbed in the pursuit of both wildlife and landscape photography allows me to forget the day job and ‘get away from it all’. Consequently, such photography is treasured because it is extremely relaxing and a form of therapeutic mindfulness.
I joined my first camera club in Birmingham in 1969. I produced my own monochrome prints but my preferred medium was colour slides. Unfortunately, I lost most of my slides and negatives when I moved house from Manchester in the early 1990s. My subjects have changed little over the last 50 years.
After a break of around 20 years, I was persuaded to go digital and I rekindled my love of photography. I gained success in exhibitions but often with high impact treatments. Unfortunately, many judges hated them for being “over processed”.
I now produce prints as colour, monochrome and PDIs, still with a wide range of subjects ...
However, I also like the subtle.
I’m not a portrait photographer nor am I brave enough to ask someone to pose for me, but I do like to "snap" people in the environment.
Successfully photographing wildlife well is always a challenge to me, but one that I’m increasingly willing to try and when I discover it’s rare, like this sloth bear, it’s a real thrill.
In recent years monochrome images have held more appeal.
I started out at a young age being interested in birds and this developed into birdwatching, locally and nationally. I developed an interest in photography some years ago, but did not really pursue it until I left work and joined SPS. With more time on my hands it was natural for me to progress to try and photograph what I was seeing.
Over time, looking for birds has developed into looking at the wider natural world. I love being out and about looking for beauty in nature. So I now look for and appreciate other species such as butterflies and moths, dragonflies, other insects, mammals and some plants.
I have been lucky enough to travel both within the UK and further afield to look for wildlife. I’m trying to learn both about what I’m seeing and the places I am able to go. I very much enjoy showing what I find.
I used to enjoy going to re-enactments and getting "candids" of the en-actors was easy as they are natural posers like here at the Festival of History weekend at Kelmarsh Hall, sadly no longer going.
Here, we're at the Victory Show at Foxlands Farm Cosby, the largest WW2 battle re-enactment in the UK, again unfortunately no longer going.
Then there are pictures of people, like these taken on a trip to Israel. Here we have a Nazarene Shepherd and someone "in the WiFi".
Another great event is our local GCR war weekend, where one can get great pictures of the engine drivers and re-en-actors.
More recently it was nice to get away from these shores to capture the big vistas in the Faroe Islands, and they don't come more dramatic than Drangarnir Sea Stacks.
My liking for candid street photography and snapping local people has proved rewarding.
Nature is also a passion for me and as the wildlife in the World reduces, it feels important to record for posterity those that do remain.
Has my photography improved in the 12 years since I joined Sileby PS? I'd like to think so.
The Graham Johnson 12-Shot Challenge
Members were given a list of 12 subjects and the task of coming up with 12 images reflecting their own interpretation of the subjects listed. The subjects for this year are:
What you see are the resulting panels of 12 prints, with one print on each subject. The pictures in the grids below give you a flavour of the panel. As with the members' panels above, you are encouraged to take a closer look at individual pictures in close-up - and in the correct order. Just click anywhere on the panel to zoom and then you can slide back and forth through the panel by swiping or by clicking on the left and right arrows.
Now it's your turn to consider your favourite panel and for us to see if you agree with the decision of the Judge who chose her winning entry just last week. You'll have your chance to vote and we'll reveal the judge's decision when you've done so.