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John Wichall ARPS DPAGB

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our Club Secretary John Wichall died peacefully on Thursday 30 July 2020 after a long battle with Myeloma. My deep condolences go to Lin and her family.

SPA AGM Individual competition award winner in 2015

John joined the club as a “beginner” in 2011, and quickly became one of our top photographers. He became our Secretary not long after he joined, and remained in that position until the end. He was always willing to help members in the club, offering the excellent advice to would-be competition entrants, “Never give the judge anything to criticise.”

His great interest was wildlife, especially birds, and this was what he mainly photographed, entering many winners into Club and SPA competitions. He always joined in enthusiastically with our social events and outings and was a great asset to the club.

In 2017 John wrote an account of his photographic career for the PAGB News, which is reproduced here –

“My fascination with nature and love of nature photography have their origins in the inspiring wildlife programmes of the 1950’s and 1960’s. It didn’t matter whether it was Armand and Michaela Dennis on the plains of East Africa, Peter Scott telling us to “Look” or Jacques Cousteau who was “Diving to Adventure”, I dreamed of doing what they did and, I guess, the wish to capture the experience with a camera must have been buried somewhere in my subconscious. Fast forward to the early 70’s and I at last got my hands on an SLR, my wife’s Practika, which I quickly discovered was fine for recording friends and family, but with only a 135mm lens was not a lot of use for capturing wildlife.
Though I up-graded my kit in the following years, wildlife photography continued to take a back seat to family, travel and landscapes, and that remained the situation until 2011 when I retired and decided to join my first camera club. Ludshott Photographic Club opened my eye to what was achievable. Although Ludshott is a small village club, it has always competed in events organised by the Surrey Photographic Association and enters the GB Cup annually. Whilst we cannot compete with the larger clubs, entering federation and national competitions gives our members the opportunity to compete against and see some of the best images produced by UK club photographers. I’ve found involvement with these competitions inspiring.
Ludshott has traditionally been strong in producing nature images, which encouraged me to develop my interest, but joining the club has also showed me that there were other genres that I could and should develop to get the most from my hobby. The club encourages members to aspire to PAGB or RPS distinction. I initially followed the RPS route, gaining ARPS with a Nature panel in 2015, which was based on the birds in my home county of Hampshire, and this provided a foundation for a successful submission for DPAGB in 2016.”

To see some of John’s winning photographs click here.

by Kathleen

Wildlife photography project

Paul Crook’s wildlife project to collect images of our local wildlife is going well. He would love to see your photos of any local wildlife found in your gardens or on your daily walks.

Paul says – We’ve had 12 different butterflies in the garden over the last couple of days. We’ve had Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Peacock, Red Admiral and Comma. Had Orange Tip, Holly Blue and Green-veined White earlier in the year. I’m attaching five photos of Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Red Admiral, Large White and Gatekeeper.

Click on the thumbnails below to see some of the images sent in so far; there are 9 new images as at 13 July.  Unfortunately members are not always putting titles and authors on their submissions.

Paul’s message is at the bottom of this page.

Paul says – A new club email is in use for this,  and it would be great if you could send me any photos you manage to produce of wildlife in your garden or local area. The photos can be of wild birds, animals, moths, trees, butterflies, bees – basically anything that can be classified as wild – even the weeds you may not want in your garden. I’m not an expert on many of the above so please let me know what the image is illustrating in case I don’t recognise what is included in your photo.

At the end of the project (whenever that is) or when I’ve got enough to work with I will either produce (with expert help) an AV for you all to see or maybe present them all at a club evening. Photos may also appear via the club website.

So, the upshot is – Please send me photos of any local wildlife to wildlife@ludshottpc.org.uk.  Please size the images as for competition, that is at 1600 x 1200 pixels and title them as in the following example – blackbird by joe bloggs. Please try to ensure the images are in the correct colour space, ie sRGB. I don’t mind what wildlife you picture, include the common as well as the rarer species. If any of you have any problems let me know either via an email to wildlife@ludshottpc.org.uk or telephone me on 01428 713946.

Any photos will be of interest – this is not a challenge or a competition, just a project – so I don’t mind how good the photos are or what ‘class’ you are in at the club. I would love us all to be involved. I will include photographs from all members who send me material in my final presentation.

 

Jim Henson

After a long illness our Vice President Jim Henson died
on Wed 8th April 2020.
Jim Henson
SPA Trophy for the best colour print 2006

Jim was a founder member of Ludshott Photographic Club, and over the years since its inception in 1995 he has acted as Workshop Co-ordinator, Vice Chairman and Secretary.  Always willing to help new members, Jim contributed hugely to our development as a photographic club; so much so that speaking of him to long-standing members almost always provokes the comment, “Jim was such a help to me when I first started”.

Having been professionally involved with printing, Jim’s expertise was of inestimable benefit to those preparing images for competition, but there was little that happened in the development of the club that did not reveal the hand of Jim Henson. 

David Huntingford and Jim Henson with the Lottery Grant certificate

Jim was instrumental in obtaining a lottery grant to buy our first projector in 2005, and he was also involved in setting up the Venture Groups, starting the Grayshott Venture Group, which ran for several years.

In retrospect, it seems inevitable that Jim would become one of the original Audio-Visual workers in the club with a style of his own that reflected his great talent as an artist.  It should surprise no-one that Ludshott Photographic Club’s open audio-visual competition bears his name.

Although Jim Henson’s recent ill health robbed us of the pleasure of his work and company, his passing leaves a hole that cannot be filled and he will be sadly missed by all of us who had the honour to know him.
To see some of Jim’s work click here

Annual dinner 2020

30 members attended the annual dinner on 12 March 2020 at the Royal Exchange. The food and service was as good as ever,  thank you Yvonne for organising it so well.

Judging by the happy snaps I took everyone had a good time.

Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl competition 2020

Once again we entered this competition which takes place each year at Woking and is open to all SPA clubs. Our panel is below.

Twenty-one clubs entered the competition this year, and the judge was Chris Palmer FRPS DPAGB APAGB EFIAP.

Surrey Advertiser Rosebowl Results 2020

Previous years Results are here

Each club enters a panel of 5 images by 5 photographers on a theme of their own choosing. An additional image is prepared for each set, showing all the pictures in a single row, to demonstrate the flow of the set.

Our panel did not win anything.

BBQ 13/07/2019

Once again we held the summer party in the beautiful garden of John and Carole Wilson. Thank you both for hosting it again. The cooks were excellent, Yvonne’s organisation as good as ever, and 26 members enjoyed a pleasant summer afternoon eating and chatting.

Club dinner 2019

The annual club dinner was held at The Royal Exchange on Thursday evening 14 March. 32 members attended, and all agreed that the food and service were excellent.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a camera, so I apologise  for the poor quality of the pictures – obviously I need more practice with a telephone, or a better memory!

Club Dinner 14 March 2019

The annual club dinner will be on 14 March 2019 19.15 for 19.30 at
The Royal Exchange 
Liphook Road
Lindford
GU35 0NX

There is a deposit of £10 per person to be paid to Yvonne Lindup  by 6 March, together with your menu choices. 

Please let Yvonne know if you are coming, the number in your party, and your menu selections. You can do this by email (ylindup@gmail.com), telephoning me on 01483-200525 or when you see her at the club. She will need to collect £10.00 per head in advance. The restaurant will set up individual tabs for your food and drinks, and the £10.00 deposits will be credited to these tabs. You will need to settle your tabs at the end of the evening.

GROUP SET MENU
2 COURSES £21.95
3 COURSES £ 26.95

Starters

1  Homemade soup of the day (V) (**) rustic bread
2  Battered tiger prawns rocket salad, sweet chilli and
             coriander sauce
3  Smoked chicken and bacon paté sun blushed tomatoes,
            dressed mixed leaf, toasted potato rosemary bread
4  Grilled goat’s cheese on a roasted mushroom and beef tomato(V)
          green pesto, rich tomato sauce, rocket salad,  balsamic glaze

Mains

1  Beef and St Peters’ dark ale pie
           chunky chips, chantennay carrots, red wine gravy
2  Grilled Mediterranean vegetable tart tatin (V)
          aioli, dressed rocket, parmesan shavings, balsamic glaze
3     Grilled chicken cobb salad bacon lardons, avocado, lettuce,                        watercress, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, olives, blue cheese                    dressing
4  Battered fresh haddockBrixham Market sourced haddock, thick                    cut chips, garden peas, homemade tartare sauce
5  Pan fried pork filletGrilled black pudding, tender stem broccoli,                       garlic roastednew potatoes, mushroom peppercorn sauce
6  10oz Cattleman’s sirloin steak (supplement £5)
             thick cut chips, roasted beef tomato, grilled field mushroom
             Choice of: garlic parsley butter or peppercorn sauce

Desserts

1 Sticky toffee pudding vanilla ice cream, toffee sauce
2 Strawberry crème brûlée homemade shortbread
3 Glazed lemon tart raspberry coulis, fresh berries
4 Warm dark chocolate fondant brownie mint choc chip ice cream,                  chocolate sauce
5  Three Scoops of ice cream Choice of: vanilla, chocolate,                                    strawberry, mint choc chip
6  British & classic cheese selections (supplement £3)
          fresh grapes, celery, red onion marmalade and selection of                      assorted biscuits

Women in Photography – New exhibition at The Lightbox

Please find below information about an exciting new exhibition opening 30 January 2019 at The Lightboxmuseum and gallery in Woking, and further details about its associated events.

Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers

30 January 2019 – 2 June 2019

This new and unique Lightbox exhibition will for the first time in over 30 years present a comprehensive historical survey of the achievements of female photographers working in Britain. The exhibition features around 70 works including Turner Prize winners and nominees and Venice biennale exhibitors such as Helen Sear, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Collins, Gillian Wearing and Jane and Louise Wilson.

The photographs included date from the mid-19th century through to 2009 and will chart progressions in style, techniques and popular subject matter. Early notable photographers include Julia Margaret Cameron, Lady Hawarden and Queen Alexandra. Works have been generously lent by many leading museums and galleries including by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection, National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Lee Miller Archive.

Associated Events

Some of the events below require advance booking, please visit thelightbox.org.uk/ or call 01483 737800 for more details.

 Talks 
 In Conversation: On the Royal Roadwith Jayne FincherFri 8 March 2019, 7.00pm£20 Adults | Fundraising event Pioneering Women Photographersin the Royal CollectionThurs 28 March 2019, 7.00pm£6 Adults |  £4 Friends
 Julia Margaret Cameron:The Pursuit of BeautyTues 2 April 2019, 13.00pm£10 Adults | £8 Friends Her Stories in Photographywith Fast Forward Women in PhotographyThurs 30 May 2019, 18.00pmFree event | Pre-booking required
 Tours 
 Exhibition TourWed 6 February 2019, 12.30pm
Day or Annual Pass | Under 18s Free
 Exclusive Behind-the-ScenesExhibition TourWed 15 May 2019, 10.00am£10 Adults | £8 Friends

Visit The Lightbox for an inspiring day out

A group visit to The Lightbox includes a tour of your choice, with the options of refreshments on arrival and delicious lunch packages to be enjoyed in our canal-side Café. Time can also be built in to explore our exhibitions. Complete your visit by browsing for a gift or souvenir in our Shop.

Groups are priced at just £5.50 per person (minimum group size of 8 people). This includes a Day Pass to visit all of our exhibitions, a tour of your choice. For just £2.50 extra per person, upgrade your group’s Day Passes to Annual Pass.

Click the link to plan your visit to The Lightbox!

Alexandra Corneanu

Marketing Assistant

Trip to Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral

Headley Venture Group arranged a trip to Borough Market in London on 10 August 2018. Transport was provided by Candy tours in the form of a mini-bus, and 10 members and a friend came along. It is a bustling  part of London, and the quiet atmosphere of Southwark Cathedral next door made a calming contrast.