Ian Cameron talk on Nov 28th 2018

Ian’s talk was entitled ‘Transient Light’ (like his book) and we were treated to some stunning examples of Ian’s skill and perseverance, visiting a location until he has captured it in stunning light. Photos by Roben Antoniewicz.

Helen Sloan talk Nov 7th 2018

Helen was a natural communicator, funny but clearly seriously dedicated to her craft. She brought to life what it is like to operate on the set of a major TV production involving actors, extras, crew, horses, mud, rain, more mud … There was something for our photographer members and something for the Game of Thrones fans who joined us for a very special evening. Photos by Roben Antoniewicz.

Dave Hunt talk October 31st 2018

Dave Hunt fascinated us with his range of photographic interests and expertise. We heard about how he uses the Snapseed and Procreate apps on an iPad to try out ideas for his fine art photographs, many of which start life as iPhone captures. He compared this to his Photoshop workflows which he finds more powerful but less creative. Finally he revealed his passion for the wet plate process which he uses to create uniquely timeless portraits of local people. What shone through was the haunting emotive messages he manages to convey through his prints, whatever photographic method he employs. Photos by Roben Antoniewicz.


Rotary Club Charity Fayre

PSNS and PPS will be represented at the Perth Rotary Club Charity Fayre from 10.00 till 3.00 pm this Saturday August 26th. At our stall we will be selling tickets for Colin Prior on September 22nd and publicising the Societies in general.

Colin Prior Talk on September 22nd

Colin PriorWe are delighted to announce that PPS has engaged renowned Scottish landscape photographer Colin Prior to give us a lecture ‘The Living Mountain’ at 7.30pm on Friday 22nd September right in the middle of our Anniversary Exhibition. Colin tells us that he will be showing many previously unseen photographs from the Karakorum Mountains and talking about the four years he has spent visiting them.

Due to the anticipated demand for seats we have booked a larger venue than our usual lecture theatre. St Matthews Church on Tay St has recently been renovated and turned into an impressive venue with state-of-the-art projection facilities.

Tickets are available online at http://pps-colin-prior.eventbrite.co.uk
PPS and PSNS members can buy discounted tickets at £6 (plus booking fee), full price tickets cost £12 (plus booking fee).

Tickets are also available to buy in person at St Matthews Church and e-Computers, 15-17 Kinnoull St, Perth. Tickets will be on sale at the 150th Anniversary Exhibition in 2 High St from September 16th or at the door on the night.

Loxley Colour visit March 2017

A group of club members greatly enjoyed the outing to Loxley Colour on Friday 24th March. After a fascinating tour of the huge, impressively organised photo lab we had a good Italian lunch and then, for those with a little more time to spare, a visit to Cumbernauld House Park and glen. Many thanks to Annette Forsyth for suggesting and organising the trip so well. It was a grand day out.


Last night was the AGM of our parent body the Perthshire Society of Natural Science. It was followed by a thought-provoking lecture by Erik MacEachern of SEPA and the whole event was so well attended we needed extra chairs. The news is that we now have another member of the Photographic Society elected to the PSNS Council. Malcolm Lind will be joining me and Tom Ryan who of course remains PSNS president. Tom told us all about next year’s excellent Curious Minds lecture series and plans for marking the 150th anniversary of PSNS this autumn.

The big event is a Conversation with Dame Evelyn Glennie in Perth Concert Hall on October 4th. There will be an exhibition in the Museum in September/October curated by CPK and the Photographic Society will also be holding an exhibition at number 2 High St, the newly refurbished Perth Council headquarters. More details on this to follow.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 15th March and Roben Antoniewicz will be presenting.

Mike Bell

Colour Rosebowl Competition

Last night was the Colour Rosebowl competition. Our judge was Ben Harman from Stills Gallery in Edinburgh. We were truly, genuinely impressed by the standard of the entries. Great picture after great picture kept coming out of that black box. The judge said he had a hard time making a decision, but in the end he made his choice .
First place was Stewart Riddick with one of his carefully observed pictures of a  character in a Greek village strolling past a wall with three pained birds on it. Well done Stewart!!
Second was Mike Bell with a lovely landscape showing a massive rain cloud over Knoydart.
Third was Raymond Leinster with one of his masterfully executed portraits of a red squirrel with a snowflake on his nose.
Highly Commended was David Hay’s “Lone Seagull”. At first – you just see a blue iceberg – but then your eye finds its way to the tiny seagull in flight. Nice.
And Commended went to Jimmy Herd’s remarkable picture of a golf professional from, I believe, the Dominican Republic (?) who has lost a leg and now plays standing on one leg. Amazing.
To finish off the evening Ivy-May and David Hay gave a short summary of our club performance in the recent SPF Print competition. And we did very well indeed!! Both Ivy-May and Richard Hunter scored 14 points with their B&W images – and Richard’s was awarded a “Highly Commended”. Raymond’s pictures also did very well in the Wildlife category. I understand we came 4th in the B&W and 9th overall. That is quite an accomplishment for our relatively small club.
Next week should be an interesting talk. Duncan McEwan will talk about “The Games” – his experiences as a professional photographer covering the last three Commonwealth Games.