Studio 2
Friday 3rd July was a Studio Night organised and run by Mike Martin. Our models were Kelly and Paul who were great fun and excellent models. Below are pictures showing members in action both outdoor and indoor together with a shot of them together in the studio.

Sid Jones
As photographers, we enjoy taking photographs, but what do we know about its history? Well, on Friday 26th June members of Kingswood Photographic Society discovered more about its initiators and iconic photographers.

Our speaker, Sid Jones, a member of Dorchester Camera Club, began his presentation, in the early 19th Century, when Nicéphore Niépce and fellow Frenchman, Jacques Louis Daguerre, and the Englishman William Henry Fox Talbot were discovering how to produce a photographic image.

During the second part of our evening, Sid told us about some of the iconic photographers of our time such as, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston and Elliott Erwitt.

Sid spoke with knowledge, enthusiasm and humour but it was his passion for the subject which made his talk all the more interesting. Also, the way he put it together made it especially meaningful.

The factors which had an impression on Sid were the sharpness and quality of the early photographs and the rapid progression in such a relatively short period of time. At the turn of the 19th Century Sid suggested that there was a move towards more people owning cameras, a situation that has continued up to this day.
(photo: Vanessa Herring)

Summer Night Out
Friday 19h June. Members and friends enjoyed an evening out at the Bath Botanical Gardens.
Evening visit to Portishead Marina
Friday June 5th was an evenings' photography at Portishead Marina. A good number of members enjoyed the evening, and they all look very pleased with themselves.
Photo: Joanne Searle

Friday 29th was a very unusual meeting, as we arrived to see tables set out facing the print display board. David was introduced and we all sat (a little like school) facing the speaker. The evening was basically about discussing prints, explaining our feelings and possibly identifying an individual style. Later we moved to mix up the table members who discussed and analysed the work of one, who eventually took the print to the board and told us why they took and printed it. There were several other experiments with members talking about the 'why and wherefores' of their work.

Quarterly No.2
Our second Quarterly Competition was held on Friday 22nd May was judged by BOB STEADMAN AWPF Bob is a new Judge as far as we are concerned and is from the Welsh Federation. There was a good entry for Bob to consider, which he did in detail and we thank him for his consideration.

Quarterly No.2. Open
1st 'Red Hot Poker Heads' by Kevin James
2nd 'Cormorant in Flight' by Vanessa Herring
3rd 'Grotto' by Kevin James

1st 'Chinese Dancers' by Sue Winkworth
2nd 'Distorted Figures' by Vanessa Herring
3rd 'Wilding' by Mike Martin

Quarterly No.2. Intermediate
1st 'Gannet' by Gordon Wilcock
2nd 'Sunset on the Severn' by Bernice Deane
3rd 'Reflections' by Gordon Wilcock

1st 'Forlorn' by Chris Deane
2nd 'River Taxi' by Bernice Deane
3rd 'Gas Lamp Trader' by Chris Deane

On Friday 15th May we welcomed SHEILA HAYCOX ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP with "An evening of prints with Sheila" This evening commenced with three large print boxes and evolved into a fascinating series of pictures, literally from around the world!
So many differing subjects ranging from Asian Children, Scottish landscapes and Pelicans!
A most enjoyable meeting. The photograph below illustrated Sheila with her 'A' Panel

Evening out - Severn Bridge
Friday 8th May was the first evening out - members met at Aust to photograph the area around the Severn Bridge. The weather wasn't kind, but pictures were taken despite the weather! (Picture by Kevin Poole)

Friday 1st May saw the return of PETER GENNARD MFIAP, EFIAP/p a good friend of KPS, this being his fifth visit (the first in 1991).
Peter's talk was "PG Tips - my vision" and consisted entirely of prints, mainly his style of portraiture. It was interesting that in most instances we were shown the colour and monochrome versions of his work. It was a superb evening, and we also thank Sandra, Peter's wife, for her assistance at the display board.

AP and FT Trophy Competitions
Friday 24th April was the date for one of our favourite competitions of the year - sometimes known as the Triptych Competitions. The AP Trophy is for a set of three related projected images, and the FT Trophy is for a set of three related prints.

This year the Judge was Michael Krier ARPS, who carried out the task with great enthusiasm and gave some very apt comments on our panels.

Winners FT Trophy Competition:
1st Fay Rogers - "The Meeting"
2nd Derek Webber, 3rd Derek Webber

Winners AP Trophy Competition:
1st Adrian Herring - "Chippenham Folk Festival"
2nd Mike Martin, 3rd Adrian Herring

On Friday 17th April, a new speaker to KPS - PETER YOUNG CPAGB, AFIAP, APAGB
presented his talk "Tales from the Dark Side" Peter is from the Midland Counties Photographic Federation and his talk concentrated on Landscapes, Figure Studies and Portraiture. Great to have an evening with all prints!

Cheltenham International Salon
On Friday 10th April members thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of the 2014 Cheltenham International Salon. It was also interesting that a number of our members had acceptances, and some of these were projected during the presentation.
10 Minutes of Fame
Friday 27th March was a "members evening" when nine brave people were persuaded to show their work - hence "10 minutes of Fame" It was a most interesting evening varying from Geoff Cole - a long-time member with a resurgence of interest in monochrome photography - to Rachael Woolley and Dave Dimond, two of our newest members just starting on the ladder of success.

On Friday 20th March, there was a change to our programme as Jan Crawley was unable to be with us. We were treated to a talk from RAY GRACE ARPS, DPAGB called "Nice is NOT good enough" Ray's opinion is that Judges often label a photograph as "nice" - but if a little post processing takes place by the photographer, the picture could be transformed into receiving a more encouraging response from the Judge. We were shown a number of "Before and After" pictures together with details of the processing which took place. Ray was very generous with his information, resulting in an excellent evening.

Helen Sheppard ARPS
One of our members - Helen Sheppard - received the ARPS Distinction last week, and brought her panel to the meeting on Friday 20th for us to view. My picture shows Helen with her panel, so Congratulations from the Society Helen!

Studio 1
Friday 13th March was the first Studio evening of the year which was led by Mike Martin.
A charming young lady - Gemma - was the versatile model, both for indoor portrait and for outdoor "light" pictures.

Bob Bishop and Carol Bourton
On Friday 6th March we welcomed Bob Bishop, EFIAP BPE2* LRPS and Carole Bourton, CPAGB to KPS. A very different, entertaining and enjoyable evening covering the 1940’s with still photography, audio visual and excellent commentary which brought back many memories. They started with the war years in Bristol showing the devastation caused to the City and travelled through to the City as we know it today. Excerpts written during the blitz by local people were read with depth and feeling. Important people such as Churchill, the railways, occupations, entertainment, dance were just some of the areas presented through old and new photographs as well as audio visual presentations. Vera Lynn, who we were reminded is now 97 years old, ended our evening with a couple of songs and we all joined in with ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Not the usual ending to a KPS evening but different and really enjoyable.

Quarterly Competition No.1
The first competition of the year was held on Friday 27th February and our judge was PETER WEAVER LRPS, APAGB, CPAGB who commented on every print and DPI despite there being a large entry. Peter was fair and firm with all the entries emphasising that he was impressed with the high standard of the work in all sections.