last meeting…..

Standing Firm – by Len Shepherd

Last Meeting

Tuesday 15th November 2022

You have just had a day of continuous rain and the evening arrives.

Should you curl up on the sofa and watch TV or venture out to Masham Town Hall for a couple of hours of organised entertainment? Twenty one members and visitors opted for the latter, and arrived for a varied mix of an evening.

Our main guest speaker was one of our own members, John, who took us on a fly-drive tour of North Island, New Zealand which he and his wife had enjoyed in 2016. With a stopover in Singapore followed by the road trip of a lifetime, we saw images of their route, starting from Auckland and heading round the forests and beaches of the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. The geo-thermal springs and Maori culture of the Rotorua region then gave way to images of the surreal beauty of the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, followed by some impressive Art Deco architecture in Napier. A mountainous drive took us to the wonderfully laid-back capital city of Wellington, with its quirky shopping streets and the truly stunning exhibits of the Te Papa Museum. Supported by a large amount of anecdotal and factual information, it was sensed that most of us had escaped the rainy Tuesday of a few hours before. South Island awaits if a future slot becomes available in our rich and busy programme of events.

Between the two parts of John’s talk, Andy presented published material from Street Photographer Brian Lloyd Duckett. Brian had been our excellent guest speaker a fortnight before and had inspired a number of members to further explore this genre of photography. Andy described three of his books which addressed different aspects of going on a camera-in-hand street walk, with his own recommendations for choosing the best volume.

Our meetings would be nothing without the fifteen minute refreshment break and so it was that we were able to mingle, chat and hear the result of the evening’s raffle. Well done Bill for buying the winning ticket!

The final but equally important item of the evening was the presentation of the ‘Something Abstract’ competition results by David. There were over sixty entries but the worthy winner was Jane Ramsdale’s impressive monochrome image of a puddle reflection, taken on our recent visit to York.

Congratulations Jane!

Well done to everyone for contributing to this busy and varied evening ; it was a pleasure to co-ordinate it all!


Chairman, Masham Photographic Club

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