Club News, Paul Berriff Meeting, Exhibition and Programme for 2019

We’ve been very busy: We’ve got an Exhibition at Hedon Museum and a great Programme of meetings, events and activities lined up – find out more…

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PAUL BERRIFF, OBE, spoke at a Hedon Viewfinders sell-out meeting in the town on Wednesday, April 17. The award-winning documentary film-maker kept the capacity crowd of 100 people gathered in the Haven Arms, enthralled with tales of his experiences as a photographer and TV cameraman. His adventures from photographing pop legends in the 1960s to filming the collapse of the Twin Towers in 9/11 kept the audience spellbound for almost 3-hours.

Ray Duffill from Hedon Viewfinders photographic club who had arranged the meeting was delighted with the audio-visual presentation from Mr Berriff and the response from the audience: “The Haven Arms venue was packed with standing room only at the back for late-comers. Paul Berriff is probably one of the most engaging speakers I’ve heard. He took the audience with him on his life-journey from a 12-year-old boy picking up a roloflex camera for the first time, to reliving the horrors of 9/11. People leaving the meeting were just ‘buzzing’ about what they’d heard.

“Thank you to all those that attended. The feedback has been tremendous – some of which we’ve shared with Paul.”

Also at the meeting, was Lesley Harland, the Exhibitions Manager at Hedon Museum. She was proud of the fact that after booking Paul Berriff to display some of his iconic ‘Pop Idols’ photos at the Museum, he’d further agreed to do the public meeting: “We’re now hoping that the interest in Paul’s life and adventures will translate into visitors at the Museum where we are showing some of his giant photographs of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Scott Walker and others.”

And of course Hedon Viewfinders members (17 of us) also have an Exhibition and displaying a small collection of photographs responding to the theme of ‘Hedon’.

So get yourself along to the Hedon Museum, it’s open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm until Saturday 15 June when the Exhibition closes at 4pm.

Hedon Viewfinders Programme for 2019

We are delighted to present our Programme of meetings for the rest of 2019. Arranged by our Programme Manager Glenn Stallard after discussion with members, the events listed here with practical sessions, field trips, and great speakers, should have something of interest for every one.

Our next meeting at the Haven Arms on Wednesday 1st May at 7pm is a practical photography session “Messing with water”. Bring your cameras, tripods and flash units if you have them. There will some experiments using the water theme to have a go at, and practice with your camera settings, but you can also set up your own props and experiments.

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Exhibition, Meetings & Members’ Galleries

JUST a reminder that the deadline for submission of original prints for the Exhibition on the “Hedon” theme is our next meeting on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at the Haven Arms. Please make sure you place your prints in a protective cover to keep them clean during selection. More information at: Exhibition (Guidance).

The April 3 meeting will also serve as one of our network meetings with an opportunity to catch up with other members and informally chat about club activities and plans. We’ll have some of our magazines, books and equipment available for members to loan.

Ticket sales for the Paul Berriff meeting on Wednesday 17 April are going very well. It is possible that we will be ‘full’ unless you’ve booked or purchased your tickets in advance.

There is still time to book on the 4-day Torquay club trip on Friday 7 June 2019.

We are going to do more to populate the website with examples of work from the many viewfinders who make up our fun and friendly club. The following is a random selection gleaned with permission from our Facebook Group page – if you would like your image to appear in one of our website galleries, then email to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk

Contact us for more information. Free, fun and friendly photographic club. Open to all. No membership required.

Hedon Viewfinders – Talk on ‘Shooting War’ Wed 20 March 2019

We are delighted to welcome Nigel Walker to Hedon Viewfinders on Wed 20 March, who will give us his talk on ‘Shooting War’ first given at Beverley Art Gallery last year.

Talk on ‘Shooting War’
Meeting on Wednesday 20 March 2019 at 7:00pm
Haven Arms, Havenside, HU12 8HH

We are delighted to welcome Nigel Walker to Hedon Viewfinders, who will give us his talk on ‘Shooting War’ first given at Beverley Art Gallery last year.

Nigel looks at the impact photography has had on our understanding of and attitudes to war. From the earliest days photography has been seen as an aid to armies, although photographers are now sometimes viewed as enemies of governments seeking to prosecute wars. This talk will look at four wars, four war photographers and four individual pictures that have been significant in the history of recording war. Nigel warns that some of the images shown will contain scenes of war and death and could be distressing for some.

Note: A collection will be taken at this meeting to cover costs.

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Special Meeting: Club Review and Proposals for 2019

The next meeting of Hedon Viewfinders is a special meeting to review the club and its activities to date and to consider proposals for its future – particularly over the next 12 months. Your attendance is encouraged and would be greatly appreciated.

The next meeting of Hedon Viewfinders is a special meeting to review the club and its activities to date and to consider proposals for its future – particularly over the next 12 months. Your attendance is encouraged and would be greatly appreciated.

The meeting will start promptly at 7pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019 at the Haven Arms, Havenside, HU12 8HH.

It is always a good idea and practice to regularly have a look back at what an organisation has achieved to date, note what has gone well, and note the areas where improvements might be made. Based upon that experience, we can then take decisions and make plans on a better way forward.

This meeting will be an opportunity for each of us to have an input into shaping the future development of the club and its photographic endeavours.

The AGENDA is draft and you have a chance to put your ideas and specific proposals up for discussion. The Agenda will only become final on Wednesday Evening of 27th February. So look back here for the final version on Thursday. For ease of decision-making, any specific proposals should appear on the Agenda.

Ray Duffill normally facilitates the meetings, but at this meeting it would be useful to have another volunteer to do so. A volunteer to take notes of the key decisions (see final item on the Agenda) would also be useful. We’ll ask at the meeting for these volunteers.

FINAL AGENDA

  1. Review of the Club – Short session to remind ourselves what we’ve enjoyed/not liked as much from the Club.
  2. Finance update – Ray
    1. Balances
    2. Exhibition Boards and other fundraising
  3. Meetings organised to date – Ray
  4. Exhibition update (24 April – 15 June) – Ray
  5. Specific proposals from members.
    1. Decisions that require spending Viewfinders funds to be taken at meetings – Ray
    2. To seek a volunteer who can take responsibility for working with others to manage the booking of speakers and otherwise make arrangements for the programme of meetings – Ray
    3. To seek a volunteer who can take responsibility for working with others to manage club exhibitions – Ray
    4. To seek a volunteer to take notes at meetings when necessary and write up official record of decisions made. To be kept in an official minute book/online – Ray
    5. To hold a second exhibition later this year – Glenn
    6. To relax the rules on Facebook group postings from 7 to 10 – Ray
  6. Social Media review – Particularly the operation of the Facebook Group and its competitions.
  7. Programme of meetings for 2019; ideas for speakers and practical sessions.
  8. Field Trips/photo walks/visits/holidays – Ideas.
  9. Viewfinders website – Ray
  10. Any other business not covered by the above.
  11. To record formally any decisions made on the night, including any votes taken, and to note the member(s) assigned responsibility to implement decisions. This record will be written up as minutes and posted on the website.

Whilst the above might seem much more formal than is normally the case, the issues under discussion do present the club with opportunities to develop and grow in many exciting ways. And rest assured it will be conducted in the typical Viewfinders fun and friendly style.

Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera.

Destined to be our biggest meeting of the year on Wed 17 April 2019. This is an advanced notification to Viewfinders with an opportunity to book tickets. “Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera”.

Destined to be our biggest meeting of the year on Wed 17 April 2019. For a taste of what to expect – listen to the Sally Fairfax show recorded live on BBC Radio Humberside on Thursday 4th April. Interview starts 2.17 hours in:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p072r30h

“Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera”.

‘Hedon Viewfinders – Through the Lens’ photographic club, in collaboration with Hedon Museum, is privileged to have BAFTA-winning documentary maker, photographer and film director Paul Berriff, OBE, speaking at its meeting on Wednesday 17th April 2019.

Paul Berriff with the camera he used to photograph The Beatles.

Paul Berriff began his career working as a press photographer in 1960’s Leeds, and was doing ‘street photography’ before that phrase was regularly coined. His press pass also gave him access backstage to local live-music venues where he could meet and photograph the performers, many who later went on to achieve pop and rock star status. His immaculate black and white photographs of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison and other legends have now become collectors’ items. The images, having been stored in an attic for 40 years as negatives, have been lovingly redeveloped and have only quite recently been exhibited for the first time in their full glory. Many of these iconic artworks will be on display at an exhibition at the Hedon Museum from April 24 to June 15, which are the same dates as Hedon Viewfinders own exhibition at the Museum.

It is, however, as a documentary film maker that Paul Berriff is better known, He has produced over 180 prime-time major network television documentaries. In 1988 he won the BAFTA Award for his coverage of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster, which featured in his ITV series ‘Rescue’. In 2017 he was awarded the Guild of Television Cameramen Award for Continued Excellence in Cinematography.

Paul has also had the most extraordinary life experiences, which in the broadcasting industry has earned him the nickname, the “Indiana Jones of Television”. He has survived a major helicopter crash, leapt to safety from a sinking ship during a North Sea gale, and escaped death in Nicaragua when a volcano erupted around him. Miraculously, he also survived the collapse of New York’s Twin Towers on 9/11, where he was filming at the foot of the South tower at the very moment it collapsed. Having been knocked out and buried under debris, he was the very first casualty stretchered into the make-shift medical facility set up for the victims. Despite his camera having being buried and burned, Paul managed to retrieve it whilst searching for missing colleagues. The dramatic footage retrieved, is some of the most powerful recorded of this horrific event on that terrible day.

The meeting will be an opportunity for Paul Berriff to recount some of his remarkable life experiences behind the camera including seeing some of his unique images and videos.

Paul Berriff – An Extraordinary Life Behind the Camera.
Wed 17 April 2019
Hosted by Hedon Viewfinders Photographic Club in collaboration with Hedon Museum
Haven Arms Restaurant & Bar
Havenside
Hedon
HU12 8HH
7pm
Tickets available now. £5 (£4 to our regular attendees at meetings). Get the date in your diaries!

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Show & Tell, Constructive Critique and Winter Flowers!

HEDON Viewfinders next meets on WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2019 at the Haven Arms but is also holding a Winter Flowers Photo Walk on SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY at Sewerby Gardens. Hedon’s free and friendly group where learning about photography is fun!

Show & Tell and Constructive Criticism:

HEDON Viewfinders next meets on WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2019 at the Haven Arms starting promptly at 7pm, and is a ‘Show & Tell’ and/or a Constructive Criticism session. You are invited to submit up to three images rather on memory stick/flash drive, or as prints. You may wish to simply show images you are proud of to us all, or you might opt to tell us what you like about them and how you achieved/created them. You can also opt to get some constructive criticism from other attendees about how they think the images may have been improved.

Those who have potential ideas for prints for our Exhibition on “Hedon” in April, May and June, might want to bring in smaller prints (new work, or at least taken in the last 12 months) and gauge a bit of opinion about them to see if it’s worthwhile getting them enlarged, mounted and framed.

Sewerby Gardens Winter flowers photography trip:

We are holding a trip to Sewerby Gardens for a Photo Walk on SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY principally to experience and photograph the Winter flowers now in bloom! The 50 acre grounds can be explored for free and boast over 10,000 snowdrops and yellow Aconites and wild Cyclamen all in flower. We envisage meeting in the Sewerby Hall Visitor free car park at 11:00am (but keep an eye on this event page for updates). As well as the visit to Sewerby, there’s the options to explore Flamborough or Bridlington too to be decided by those attending.

All Welcome – you don’t have to be a ‘member’ to take part. There’s always enthusiastic photographers present to help with your camera settings and offer other advice should you need it.

Hedon Viewfinders will interest photographers of all levels; regardless of ability, whatever image making device kit or equipment you own. Novices particularly encouraged. Hedon’s free and friendly group where learning about photography is fun!

Forced Perspective Photography – Wed 6 February 2019

FORCED PERSPECTIVE is a photography and filming technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. We are going to have a look at this fun technique at our meeting on Wednesday 6 February, 7pm at the Haven Arms, Hedon. Have a look on the internet for ‘forced perspective photography’ for some ideas.

FORCED PERSPECTIVE is a photography and filming technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. We are going to have a look at this fun technique at our meeting on Wednesday 6 February, 7pm at the Haven Arms, Hedon. Have a look on the internet for ‘forced perspective photography’ for some ideas.

Hedon Viewfinders – Free, Fun, Friendly photography club that welcomes all photographers regardless of the equipment or kit you’ve got. We are not a camera club, rather a creative club. Beginners particularly encouraged.

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Light painting night at Hedon Viewfinders – Wed 23 Jan 2019

Light painting night:

After the success and enjoyment of our last light painting night, we are having another go at our next meeting on Wednesday 23 January 2019 at the Haven Arms (Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH) starting at 7pm. The main light painting exercises will take place outside, but we have alternative ideas should the weather be too bad.

Dramatic shots are available remarkably easily on cameras where you can control shutter speed, aperture and ISO, but mounting on a tripod is recommended. However, at our last session, members also got good shots on mobile phones too.

Glenn Stallard will be leading the session and his advice is to “Wrap up warm! And there’ll be advice for members on which camera settings to use.”

Exhibition 2019:

The Hedon Viewfinders exhibition 2019 takes place from Wednesday April 24 to Saturday June 15 at the Hedon Museum. The theme of the Exhibition is “Hedon” and we are asking members to submit original and new work that reveals the ancient town in a new light. Prints (approximately 20-30) to be displayed in the exhibition are likely to be framed and mounted up to 50x40cm but we will issue further advice on this. For those members from Hull and surrounding towns and villages, we will organise some Hedon photo walks, and otherwise issue guidance on getting your shots of the town; its characteristics, flora and fauna, features and people, etc.

We will be exhibiting downstairs at the Hedon Museum whilst upstairs will be an exhibition by Paul Berriff OBE of his iconic photos from the 1960’s. Paul is an award-winning photographer and documentary film maker – and I’m pleased to announce that Paul will be speaking at a Hedon Viewfinders special meeting on Wednesday 17 April on his extraordinary life experiences. This will be ticketed event and should not be missed!

Hedon Viewfinders will interest photographers of all levels; regardless of ability, whatever image making device kit or equipment you own. Novices particularly encouraged. Hedon’s free, fun and friendly photography group.

CONTACT US for more information.

Meetings, competitions and exhibition

Happy New Year! 2019 gets off to its formal start on Wednesday 9 January with our first meeting 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH. It will be a Props Night – a chance to experiment. This will be a great night for all those ‘wannabe photographers’ that got new cameras at Christmas to come along as well! All Welcome.

Bring in your interesting objects (ornaments, toys, instruments, flowers, etc) and interesting kit and help create some photographic opportunities to share! If you need to get in early to set your prop up and claim table space, we’ll be open from 6:30pm.

We are currently arranging further events nights, field trips and speakers – so please do pass on any ideas or suggestions you have got.

Competition: Our Facebook group has a weekly competition based on a letter of the alphabet and the winner of each gets to have their photograph as the header of the page in the following week. Whilst this has been successful on Facebook with 1,563 images being posted over the letters A to R by 55 participants, we would also like to invite our members not on Facebook to get involved. This week’s letter is and the weekly competition runs from Wednesday to the following Wednesday (entries by 10pm each Tuesday). If you want to take part and are not on Facebook, then we can e-mail out the competition details to you and alert you to each competition, and you can send your entries by e-mail – just get in touch.

52 Weekly Photography Ideas for 2019: Whilst not a competition, our new ideas page will be updated every Monday with a new prompt to creative photography. You can join in on social media using the hashtag #viewfinders52week(WeekNumber) or send in your photographs in response to each idea to us via e-mail.

EXHIBITION 2019 takes place at the Hedon Museum from Wed April 24th to Sat June 15th. Look out for more details – but the theme is “Hedon” and you should be planning now to take your new photographs according to that theme. You should also note our meeting date on Wed 17 April 2019 – at 7pm we have a very special event taking place linked to the exhibition (you don’t want to miss it!).

Look forward to seeing many of you next Wednesday.

Ray Duffill

Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2019

Our first meeting of 2019 takes place on Wednesday 9 January, 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH and will be a ‘Props Night – a chance to experiment’.

MERRY CHRISTMAS Hedon Viewfinders and all the very best for 2019.

We have had an interesting year and most of you will have your favourite sessions, meetings or field trips to remember. In particular I enjoyed our Film Noir night when we relied very much on people bringing along their own props, kit and lights and we managed to create some great images from the constructed scenes. Others have expressed how much they enjoyed the talk from the Crime Scenes Investigator, and the unique presentation we had on the medieval Paull Holme Tower and our unique look at the place when its new battlements were restored. The trip to Hull Fair provided a great opportunity for some creative photography as did our Graffiti Hunt around the ‘Bankside Gallery’ and other sites. Our Halloween ‘dry ice’ night continues to be popular. If you have your favourites from 2018, then do let us know, because we hope to provide similar photographic opportunities in the New Year, plus running some of these favourites again.

As an informal club we don’t charge membership fees, so we do very much rely on our community of ‘member’ photographers to pull events off and to stage our events. So a massive ‘thank you’ to you all for your goodwill and participation which makes Hedon Viewfinders such a successful and enjoyable group to belong to. Our byline ‘free, fun and friendly’ is very fitting I believe.

Our first meeting of 2019 takes place on Wednesday 9 January, 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8HH and will be a ‘Props Night – a chance to experiment’.

Bring in your interesting objects (ornaments, toys, instruments, flowers, etc) and interesting kit and create and share some photographic opportunities.

If you need to get in early to set your prop up and claim table space, we’ll be open from 6:30pm. Some of the photo opportunities we could set up are: – water/liquid drops or splash photography, mixing of oil and water effects, bubbles, some macro, polariser effects, rainy windows, lensballs and other optical props – and towards the end of the night some smoke photography? This is very much a chance to experiment – and if there is something you would really like to try, but don’t know where to start – then do get in touch and we’ll see what we can arrange!

EXHIBITION 2019 – Just a reminder – the theme for our Exhibition for next year Wed April 24th to Sat June 15th at Hedon Museum is “Hedon”. We want images that stand out; offer a different perspective perhaps, but also reflect the various skills and genres enjoyed by those in Viewfinders. There will be a category for best images taken on a mobile phone (includes iPad, tablet, etc) too. New original work.

Due to limited space this year we will have to initiate a selection process for images submitted. This is just an EARLY NOTICE so you can start planning/taking your shots. More information in the New Year.

Wed 9 January, 7pm @ Haven Arms, Hedon. First meeting of 2019.

Hedon Viewfinders will interest photographers of all levels; regardless of ability, whatever image making device kit or equipment you own. Novices particularly encouraged. Hedon’s free, fun and friendly photography group.