This week’s meeting saw the return of Penny Piddock helped and supported by her equally talented husband Spike.
This time Penny’s presentation was entitled “What Is Creative Photography”.
Penny took us through some of the official competition and salon rules on the subject from around the world, all different but generally with the same basis. In Penny’s own view there should be no rules and her maxim is “anything goes”.
It was an interactive presentation as we engaged with Penny to explore what our thoughts were on “creative photography” and many and varied adjectives were extracted from us. Photoshopped, altered reality, imagined images, unreal and different were all valid descriptions. Apparently Penny’s presentation evolves and develops as a result of her visits to various clubs, and with some examples of her own, and of other club photographers, she demonstrated the hugely varied images that can be called creative.
Whether or not you like any given creative image is, as with any other genre, a matter of individual taste and we viewed examples from the bizarre to the ethereal, and everything in between.
Having looked at a considerable number of images by Penny and many other contributing photographers, we took a look at the images Warminster members had submitted as our own contribution. Some were great, some not so great, but all were interesting, and the authors gave a little information about their starting point and final image.
Throughout the proceedings Spike remained the (almost) silent partner deftly operating the laptop and projector to get the right image onto the screen.
A very enjoyable evening seemed to come to an end far too quickly, albeit on time, and we all went home with much food for thought. In an era when even club competitions seem to demand more than just a well composed, well exposed image of an interesting subject, which used to be the holly grail when this aging shutterbug first joined a camera club, I’m sure Penny has better equipped us to push ourselves that little bit more to make the best of an image.
It’s a safe bet that we’ll invite Penny and Spike to return to Warminster as we understand a new talk is available and an evening with this popular pair is always a welcome sight on the programme.
Thanks to all those photographers who contributed images shown in the presentation, and to club members who helped setting up at the start and packing up at the end of the evening.
Images: Geoff Sims, Penny Piddock and others
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS