Last weekend was a busy time for the Club – both at home and away. On Friday night Peter Hughes, a past chairman displayed the images he had submitted for the successful award of Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Describing the venture as a journey during which he learned much about his subject as well as his own approach to photography, Peter admitted that he had undergone a less- than- enthusiastic period of a few years following his Licentiate award from the RPS but recovered his appetite after a visit to Valencia in Southern Spain.
The architectural beauty of the Arts and Science Park in that historic city sparked a revival of his interest to such an extent that he planned a second visit to capture the images he knew he would need to build a comprehensive portfolio . His fifteen monochrome pictures offered a graphic portrayal of the futuristic architecture which reminded Peter of his boyhood love of space travel, science fiction and glimpses of the future. Entered in the Contemporary section his panel so impressed the judges that they used them as a demonstration set for other aspiring award seekers in England and Wales.
Peter thanked his fellow club members Gerry Coe and Hugh Rooney for their advice and encouragement as he completed the assignment.
On Saturday a small band of members travelled south to Clondalkin to meet up with fellow snappers form Dublin. On the way they made a detour to Skerries and availed themselves of the spring sunshine to grab some shots of the family of seals which frequent the harbour of the delightful seaside town. Then it was on to South Dublin for a friendly battle of prints and projected digital images between the two clubs. After a close encounter Clondalkin notched up a narrow victory margin.
The Bangor photographers voted the day a great success and certainly enjoyed the hospitality of their southern fellow enthusiasts. Next year Bangor will be hosts for what has now become a firm date in both clubs’ calendar.