If you want to photograph something that has been pictured a million times before, and make it matter, you need to bring all your skills to bear. Peter Robinson has done just that with this shot of the Grand Canal. On the big screen in looked very impressive; it is against the light, but this has enhanced the detail on the left and lit the distant dome with fresh, bright winter light. In the distance mist suggests expanse but doesn’t distract attention, the composition is doing what composition is about, making the best of the situation.
This photograph was one of a number which members Peter, Martin, Wallace, Ralph and Ian presented and talked about last night. It was a fascinating evening; we learned a great deal about portraiture from Wallace and Martin and how to get that extra zing into our places pictures from Peter. The three of them were showing the fruits of their trip to Venice for the carnival.
The evening kicked off with an AV about Cheshire by Ralph, which sparked a discussion about the software he uses and reminded us that we have rather neglected AV recently!
The evening closed with an all-too-short presentation by Ian about his project, inspired by Joel Meyerowitz, to take a picture each day. This usually involves him walking around town and it is quite amazing what a rich variety of shots one can get in a “limited” environment. In actual fact, with practice, and an open mind, inspired by the work and thinking of some of the great photographers from Stieglitz to Soth you can find an endless number of subjects. Your results may not always win club competitions but may well reach parts that such images don’t and provide you with endless fascination.
….and we never got to find out about Esholt Sewage Works!