The Art of Photography

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Now that was different! Our stalwart members battled their way through the wind and rain for an evening of recordings by Sir George Pollock HonFRPS MPAGB EFIAP FBIPP (wow - letters longer than his name!). They took us way back to the roots of artistic photography.

Sir George (who's apparently now getting on a bit!) started by showing us how breaking the rules of composition can create really striking images: subject in the centre - no particular subject - apparent chaos - they can all result in great pictures! His images were all taken on film - subsequently scanned - from the 1960s onwards. We also looked at the possibilities of panoramic techniques in creative work. Then there were the 'oofies' - out of focus bits - or as we tend to say 'differential focussing'. (bit like 'bokeh' really - he did mention that!), these examples taking it to the artistic extreme, concentrating on swathes of colour.

In the second half (sort of!) we looked at his work pioneering RGB shadow images in the studio using red, green and blue filters over light sources with convenient dancers making the shadows.

A lot of things we tend to experiment with digitally now - so interesting to see them in their early stages!

Thank you Sir George - even if you were on video!!!


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