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January 18th @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm

 

SPF spoof night. Submit images you wouldn’t normally submit to a regular competition for a lighthearted bit of judging.

January 18th @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm

 

Hand-in for the ‘Themed Night’. 3 images from 6 themes. See last newsletter for details.

February 2018

Martin Sproul, who has conducted Lightroom courses for us, will run some Photoshop workshops. We are awaiting confirmation from Martin but hope that these will run during February 2018. We need a minimum of 10 delegates to proceed and the cost will hopefully remain at £40 although we will confirm this before you book a place. Please contact Bob Black if you are interested in attending.

See Calendar for more details (if available)

Weekly Roundup

We wish You & Yours the happiest of New Years and good health in 2018 and beyond. Our year began with a Print Appraisal night on 9th January. It was an informal and relaxed “talking photography” night with Club members discussing how the photographs they had brought along would be assessed in the context of a National or International exhibition. Just like in our working lives, it’s often during these informal conversations with friends and colleagues that we learn most. 
 
Club President, Steve Sommerville, welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2018 on Thursday night. Steve explained that this is a special year for the Club as the photographic group which started in the town in 1889, evolved into the Falkirk C.C. we know today on 17th April 1958. This, therefore is the Club’s 60th Anniversary. He then introduced the guest speaker, Designer and Photographer Stephen Cosh. Stephen travels the world photographing people and life on the streets of towns and cities. His photographs not only tell the story of the challenges faced in an often harsh environment but also just how much of the personality of people in the 21st century is on display as we go about our lives. In this age of Digital photography, Stephen sometimes uses film, appreciating its particular characteristics. He occasionally uses colour but most of his photographs were stunningly presented in Black & White. The fact that Stephen, like several of our other guest speakers this season, took the time to talk in detail about individual images and what he was seeking to capture really made a positive difference to the evening . Stephen’s website has more of his work plus links to his Flickr and 500px pages. We also welcomed a few potential new members to the Club and hope that they enjoyed the evening too. A truly excellent start to the year.

Feature Article

60th Anniversary

On 23rd March 1889, an article in the Falkirk Herald reported the formation of the Falkirk Amateur Photographic Association, formed with the objective of advancing photographic art and science in the district. The group underwent various incarnations and name changes until 17th April 1958 when it became the Falkirk Camera Club which we know today.  The 2017 – 2018 series of meetings is therefore the 60th season of the group under that moniker and the hub of our activities although in celebrating that achievement we are also recognising the contribution of the many, often pioneering, photographers who led the group to that stage. During the 1890’s some of those photographers gathered at Callendar House to record, what are now,  the earliest surviving photographs of that first group.

 They are held in the local history archives at Callendar House. On Saturday 14th October 2017, a representation of Club members gathered at the same spot where those late 19th century photographs were taken. The photographs taken on that day will also go into the archives along with short biographies from some of the present day Club members.  We hope that this information will be of interest to the historians of future generations. In the meantime we wonder, will the technology of 23rd century photography be as different from todays technology, as ours is different from the 19th century ?

See History for more information

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