It was good to see so many of you online for the opening meeting of our 2021-22 season. As explained, we start the season with a hybrid approach involving both online and physical meetings. We’re aiming for a 50/50 split so that, whether you feel comfortable about returning to physical meetings or not at this stage, there’s something for everyone in our new season programme.
While no-one can give any absolute guarantee on safety, we’ve taken some major steps to make our physical meetings as safe as we possibly can in the current environment. First, our meetings will take place in a bigger and airier venue than our usual ‘home’ at the White Hart Barn. Second, we’ve developed a safe meetings code which we are asking all those attending to adhere to. TPS Safe Meetings Code.
We look forward to welcoming those of you who intend to come along next Thursday. It will be our first physical meeting since the beginning of March last year, so it will be great to meet up again. We’ve lined up a super guest speaker to get us under way – Stephen Leslie is a London-based photographer who brings his own special approach to the Street Photography genre. You can find out more about him and see some of his work on his website Stephen Leslie, but here’s a little preview to whet your appetite! Look out for the email with final versions of the venue directions and the safe meetings code in the next few days and we look forward to seeing you on the 16th!
TPS Out and About, Lingfield (Photo Credit – Dominic Murtagh)
Well we made it through an unusual season, responding to the pandemic and its risks and restrictions with a full programme of online events, supplemented with our biggest ever programme of out and about activities, enabling us to socialise and photograph together in small groups outdoors. Thank you all for staying with us!
As the schools break up, we now enter a different kind of summer. Some will be determined to travel, others are focusing their attention as never before on the beauty and variety to be enjoyed closer to home. Dominic Murtagh will continue to put in place regular ‘Out and About’ opportunities through the summer months, but we really do need more of you to offer to lead these events to add to the variety of ideas.
In the background, your Committee is working hard to review the options for the season ahead and to find the best way through the ongoing uncertainty. While – with thanks to Simon Bedwell – we now have an almost complete programme of Thursday evening events in place for the new season we’re holding back a little on sharing those details, and on starting the membership renewals round, in the hope that a few extra weeks will enable us to give you all a clearer picture of our plans. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us for the special online meeting on 29 July where we will present our findings so far, and you have the opportunity to air your thoughts and hear how others are feeling before we firm up the plan for how and where to hold the new season’s meetings.
In the meantime, make the most of the weather while it lasts, and enjoy your summer photography!
TPS enjoyed some late Valentine’s Day love on 15th February when we came first place in the 2021 Epsom Invitation Challenge! Hurray!
The competition, between five regional camera clubs, placed ten images from each club under close scrutiny by expert photography judge Roger Reynolds HonFRPS APAGB FBPPA FBPE. Each image was awarded a score out of ten, giving a maximum possible score of 100 points.
TPS won with 86 points, just half a point ahead of second placed Chichester Camera Club. But we’re calling that a landslide win, because we can!
And we got a certificate which is, of course, digital. But it looks very pretty in a virtual frame like this:
In fact, the TPS photos were so beautiful, I think it’s best we appreciate them in a proper gallery, just like in the olden days. Take a look around:
If you’d like to inspect any of the images more closely, here’s a clickthrough gallery:
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our TPS photographers whose images generated such positive praise from the judge: