Thursday 14th May 2015
Club member Michael Harrison - Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal
Thursday 28th May 2015
Jim Hartje ARPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP - The Digital Way
A Random Photo from our Members Gallery
Arnold is approximately five miles north of Nottingham city centre. We are a group of amateur photographers and enthusiasts dedicated to promoting photography within our area. Our members range in skill from the beginner to the accomplished amateur.
Meetings are held at Pond Hills Lane Community Centre. A typical club night begins at 7:30pm with the programme event starting at 8:00pm. We have a coffee/tea break about 9:00 pm and close around 10:00-10:15pm. The first two visits are free and thereafter a nominal entry fee is charged.
The Club holds, for members, competitions for projected images and prints with trophies (shields) awarded to the winners at the end of the year. The competitions are in two sections, one is 2 rounds of themed images and the other is 2 rounds of open images, so everyone has a chance of winning. There is also an annual print competition and a trophy is awarded for the winning print. This competition forms the Annual Exhibition which is usually displayed in the Arnold Library each year. Members are also eligible to enter external competitions under our affiliation with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and the North & East Midlands Photographic Federation.
The Club is now well equipped thanks to Lottery money awarded in 2007 from Awards For All. This has enabled us to offer even more to our local community and members. Digital audiovisual shows are now a regular part of our annual programme. We are now well placed to pass on our expertise in all aspects of digital photography as well as traditional film based techniques.
The Club is very grateful to Awards For All for this huge boost to help with ongoing and future projects.
THE HIMALAYAS TO THE BAY OF BENGAL
Club member Michael Harrison treated a good sized audience to a rare insight along the Brahmaputra River in Asia. Accompanied by his wife Sue, we saw a host of images and video clips of the habitats and traditions of the local people along the way.
The Brahmaputra is about 1800 miles long and is an important river for irrigation and transportation, as depicted by Michael’s images. He explained how prone it is to catastrophic flooding in spring, when the Himalayan snow melts. Its origin is in the Angsi Glacier located on the northern side of the Himalayas, Tibet, and empties in the Bay of Bengal.
We saw them both travelling in various ways, via pick up truck, rickshaw and village boat from the Chinese border to Bangladesh. Crossing a rickety bamboo bridge on foot, captured on video with one or two “expletives” was particularly amusing.
Michael captured some unique scenes of tribal ritual dances during the river trips, and sampled many local cuisines along the way, not to mention the primitive ablutions endured. He showed the many different cultures, such as the “water people” harvesting reeds and amazing footage of otters herding fish into the nets for capture.
A captivating journey, highlighted in Michael’s words by the warmth and friendliness of the people they met, and how inquisitive they were to see western folk, and see photographs of themselves. How they were regularly invited into their homes, joining in dancing, weddings and festivals. In their own words he told us “A guest is God” expressing their religious beliefs.
Many thanks to Michael and Sue for taking us on a fascinating “pilgrimage” and we look forward to seeing more of their shows in the future.
Also this evening, Chairman Dave presented the Bonington Shield to Martyn Button for winning the 33rd. Annual Print Shield with his entry "All Washed Up"