The annual Ladies’ Night at Bangor and North Down Camera Club is an event much anticipated by the male members not only for the excellent nature of the refreshments provided but also for the quality of the photographic work on display.

Over the past few years there has been a growing female presence in the club and the girls have brought with them a welcome sense of fun and enjoyment as well as producing work of increasing ability. As Julie Campbell, M.C. for the evening mentioned most of the ladies had joined with little or no photographic experience and by attending the midweek workshops and tutorials had raised their levels of skill to the point where they are now competing with marked success in the club competitions.

Julie, who was a complete beginner just over a year ago produced an attractive collage of views from the North Coast including seascapes and sunsets.

Most of the presentations were in the form of audio-visual displays ; Deborah Carvill produced a photographic diary of her year with images from various locations. Deborah’s mother May accompanies her on many of her photographic forays but still manages to produce pictures with a different slant. Her portfolio included images of Bangor and Donegal. Christine Pearson thanked the senior members ,particularly David Roberts for the help and guidance on offer and read a little poem in praise of “Our Wee Club.”

Anne Groves produced a pleasant collection featuring flowers, children and local views while Angela Shannon showed images of her travels in Italy and France and explained how the club had rekindled her photographic interest when she joined last year.

Alli Martin, another new recruit last year produced her first audio-visual depicting her special interest in nature and wild life . Caroline Lismore-Kerr, similarly in her first year of membership displayed an artistic interpretation of her shots of family, pets and holidays in Donegal. Her daughter Liane made it a family affair employing a thoughtful approach to her collection of family and holiday shots.

Helen Fettus paid a pictorial tribute to Belfast with a trip around many of the city’s landmarks while Deborah Gardiner chose to follow the life of a blackberry from blossom to blackberry pie, mousse and crumble. Velia Martin presented a pictorial account of her restoration of a farmhouse in County Armagh and Shirley Graham opted to display a collection of her prints which admirably reflected the improvement in her work since she started coming to the club just three years ago.

The evening finished (after full justice was done to the supper) with a visual record of the girls’ day out at Crawfordsburn Park and a word of thanks to David Cooper who had added his expertise to the compilation of the presentations.


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