Taking better photographs with Downend Camera Club – Photography during lockdown
With meetings currently cancelled, our competition night of the 28 April was held on-line, using one of those computer meeting programs. As the case with the on-line interviews on the TV, it was interesting to get a snapshot of everyone’s home, although in our case, nobody tried to impress with a bookshelf full of literary classics displayed behind them. The competition was our annual black and white event, and with most of us effectively under house arrest there was time for a record-high number of entries to be submitted, sixty in total, with some high-quality work included.
With so many to pass comment on, the judge had a challenging job getting through them all. Those he chose as the top three are shown here. Third place went to ‘Liverpool Library’, an image that shows the intricate interior of a modern building. What makes it so striking is shape and symmetry, and that makes it well suited to a monochrome treatment.
Second place went to ‘Modern World’, an intimate shot of three youngsters engrossed what is shown on a screen. The strength of the picture is the expression on their faces. The title has it right, it is a classic image of our time.
The overall winner was ‘From Another World’, an unusual B & W image as there is little in the way of graduated light and shadow, but there is that startling contrast between the darkened figures and the white dots. What does it mean? Who knows, but it works!
Downend Camera Club is a friendly and informal group who normally meet on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend, although for the time being meetings have been cancelled. While most activities have been suspended, we are continuing with our programme of competitions that will now be held on-line, restricted to digital images. The Club has a Facebook page and its website at www.downendcameraclub.org.uk has details of the club, and shows past competition winners.