2024 – Perth Festival of the Arts exhibition

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  • Where: St John’s Centre, Perth
  • Dates: Wed 22 May – Sat 01 Jun
  • Times: 10:00-17:00 Mon-Sat; 11:00-17:00 Sun
  • Cost: Free admission

Welcome

Hi everyone! We would like to wish you a very warm welcome to Perthshire Photographic Society’s latest exhibition. We feel honoured to be invited to participate in the Perth Festival of the Arts once again. We wish to thank the management of the St John’s Centre in Perth who have coordinated the arrangement whereby we will use one of the empty shops in the Centre as our gallery.

Perth is our home and it has been a few years since we last held an exhibition here. We’re delighted to be able to display 90 framed prints from 31 of our members. We will also set up a mini portrait studio; how about having your photo taken during your visit!

Our membership increased from 55 to 70 this year and we are pleased that many of our new and less experienced members are taking part in this exhibition. They are very excited to have their photos included, since for some of them, this is their first experience of showing their work to the public. We will be manning the gallery and we very much look forward to meeting you! Come in and say “Hello!” We hope that you enjoy your visit!

If any of you are interested in joining our Society, please visit our Membership page for more information.

Warmest wishes,

Ian Mackay
President

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The exhibition space will be staffed by our members during opening hours. This means that every day will be a Meet the Artist day, when we’ll have a few of the exhibiting artists available to show you round, answer questions, talk to you about photography, point you to a cafe, and more!

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Exhibits

Images shown here are for reference, and are deliberately small. Come and visit the exhibition, from Wed 22 May 24, to view the exhibits full-size.

Alister Walker

Roben Antoniewicz

  • Alister Walker (1953-2023) inside his JRS Photo Hardware shop in Perth. As a passionate photographer, Alister fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning his own photography shop.

Martin’s Fruit Bazaar

Roben Antoniewicz

  • Martin’s Fruit Bazaar in South Methven Street, Perth, the colourful local independent fruit and vegetable shop recorded in 2017. Like so many long-established local family businesses in Perth, it is now closed.

Ella

Roben Antoniewicz

  • My granddaughter Ella O’Flaherty, just before her 15th birthday.

Sunset Swan

Bob Bain

  • This is a portrait of a Cygnet catching the last rays of the sun, taken on the riverbank at Norie-Miller Walk in Perth.

Barney Trouble

Bob Bain

  • This is a portrait of a Barn Owl, close up, showing the fine details of the feathers. This photo was taken at a falconry display at Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland.

Manic Gannet

Bob Bain

  • This photo shows the profile of a Gannet which is a beautiful seabird. Gannets have very piercing eyes which gives them a certain look. This photo was taken at Troup Head near Macduff, Scotland’s only mainland Gannet colony.

The Tulip Stairs, Queen’s House, Greenwich

Richard Bott

  • This magnificent staircase was designed by Indigo Jones and was one of the original features of the Queen’s House, the queen then being Queen Mary. The ornate wrought iron structure was the first geometric self-supporting spiral stair in Britain. I lay on the floor at the centre of the base of the staircase to take this shot on my OM-D-EM1 mkiii camera.

Farming for Fish

Richard Bott

  • The winter of 2023-24 was particularly wet and windy. Flooding was a regular occurrence and it had delayed farmers ploughing and sowing their crops. As I drove back from Glasgow after Storm Jocelyn in January, I passed enormous areas of flooded land including these floods west of Stirling. Nikon Z7ii camera.

Mitre Peak, Lofoten, Norway

Richard Bott

  • In February 2023, I visited the fabulously impressive Lofoten Islands which lie just inside the Arctic Circle, off Norway. I had spent 3 weeks rock climbing there 30 years earlier and we had unsuccessfully attempted to climb Mitre Peak. I persuaded our driver to stop so I could take this shot. The farm track provides a fine line leading in to the photograph. Nikon Z7ii camera.

Kisimul Castle, Castlebay, Barra

Richard Bott

  • I spent a week in the Outer Hebrides doing a landscape photography course with the talented Dean Allen in March 2023. We took up position to photograph the CalMac ferry coming into the bay from a nearby headland. The sun shone on the green land. Suddenly, we were engulfed by a fierce blizzard as we drove back into Castlebay and the islands were transformed by the snow. Almost as quickly as the snow started, the sun returned, rewarding us with this beautiful view. Nikon Z7ii camera.

Crocodile Ferns

John Boyd

  • Three images of a very understated plant at the Dundee Botanic Gardens on a cold and wet March afternoon.  The almost metallic appearance was achieved by photographing on an Acros Fujifilm X-T5 camera setting with slight adjustments to clarity and texture in Adobe Lightroom Classic.  Printed on Fotospeed Metallic Pearl paper.

The Horses and the Crow

Leonie Buchan

  • Looking out of my window in the comfort of my room that I work in from home. 
    Seeing the new arrival of horses brings great interest and pleasure into view.
    I saw the crow sitting on the fence post and waited for him to take flight.

The Geese Flying East

Leonie Buchan

  • The morning sunrise is always a pleasure to behold. 
    In the quietness of my room, I watch the arrival of the day. 
    And the passing geese on their journey to wherever they are bound for this day.

Grin and bear it

Rab Burns

  • The Scottish National Waterski Centre at Townhill, Dunfermline, holds events during the year and provides many opportunities for photography.  Seen at high speed, this young lady appears to be holding on for grim death.

Down and out

Rab Burns

  • This image of a waterskier at Townhill was taken as she was (no doubt) reluctantly separated from her tow rope.

Stretching a point

Rab Burns

  • World of Wings is a Bird of Prey centre near Cumbernauld. A recent visit provided many opportunities for photography.  In-flight shots proved difficult. I settled for this image of a kestrel feeding on a dead magpie.

Sign of the Times

Ray Crabb

  • Wet feet and chest high in stinging nettles. A crispy blue-sky morning in the Berry Burn, Victoria Parade, Dunoon. October 2017.
    Colours and texture caught my eye, much to the disapproval of my waiting dog.

Street Life: Gozo

Ray Crabb

  • Not all who wander are lost, but I was. Searching in the backstreets of Victoria (Rabat), Gozo, looking for a cold beer, coffee and pastizzi. 
    A very common sight on the streets of Malta and Gozo; a random empty chair. Wonderful colours and texture. March 2019.

Hebridean Seaside

Ray Crabb

  • Sand, sea and midges. Evening on a misty Nisabost Beach, Isle of Harris, looking towards Taransay. August 2022.
    Colours and textures. Looking for a minimalist high key image to portray the moment. A contrast to the busy beaches of Poole and Bournemouth where I grew up.

8 Second Snot

Samantha Dearlove

  • I grew up watching westerns and always wanted to be a cowboy. Bucket list holiday ticked off. Taken from the covered stands at Calgary Stampede, Canada 2023. Samantha Dearlove: The Phoenix Photographer.

Drama at Buachaille Etive Mòr

Samantha Dearlove

  • I get complacent and uninspired by the generic monotonous same shot of Buachaillie Etive Mòr. This was taken on a bitter, overcast and snowy day, in December 2023, as a reminder that even the smaller Munros can be intimidating and imposing.

Uath Lochans

Samantha Dearlove

  • Uath Lochans is near Aviemore and is accessed by a single road. As you reach the turn off, you are filled with trepidation with a noticeably darker tree-tunnelled track and considerable potholes. A foreboding shoreline peeks through the tree trunks. On foot, you discover that all is not as it appears to be when you pass it in the car.

A Drop of Pepper

Yvonne Deed

  • Photographic experiment dropping peppers into a water tank.

Motocross Rider

Yvonne Deed

  • A day out at Leuchars photographing Motocross riders.

Sunday Best

Yvonne Deed

  • Photograph of a performer taken at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In My Own Little World

Alastair Dewar

  • Thoughtful moment captured of my granddaughter, Hattie, during a summer stroll on St Andrews beach.

Sky Bridge

Alastair Dewar

  • This could be anywhere in the world, but in reality, it is a bridge over the railway at Tesco, Riverside, Dundee!

Sunshine Alley

Alastair Dewar

  • Just love this little cobbled street that retains so much character and charm.

Knockhill in the rain

Alan Edwards

  • This photo was taken at Knockhill racetrack on a miserable rainy day.

Will we never learn?

Alan Edwards

  • Unfortunately, a sad indication of the times, and hopefully, a reminder for people to dispose of their litter more carefully.

Are we over yet?

Alan Edwards

This photo was taken at Blair Castle International Horse Trials which, in August 2024, will host the event at Blair Castle for the final time.

The Tweed Mill no.1

Lynn Gallie

  • Three images taken at a Tweed Mill. The machinery of a Tweed Mill can be as beautiful as the tweed itself, the sunlight illuminating the warm colours of the metals and the woollen threads.

The Tweed Mill no.2

Lynn Gallie

  • Three images taken at a Tweed Mill. The machinery of a Tweed Mill can be as beautiful as the tweed itself, the sunlight illuminating the warm colours of the metals and the woollen threads.

The Tweed Mill no.3

Lynn Gallie

  • Three images taken at a Tweed Mill. The machinery of a Tweed Mill can be as beautiful as the tweed itself, the sunlight illuminating the warm colours of the metals and the woollen threads.

Sunflower Yellow

Wol Gilbraith

  • In the wee old Fife fishing village of St Monans, facing the water but set slightly back, is a yellow house with a red roof and a blue door, and next door to it, set back again, is a brown house with a red roof and a black door. And in the window of the brown house is a vase of sunflowers, perhaps forever.

Tay Bridge in Sun and Rain

Wol Gilbraith

  • Sometimes an April shower moves into just the right place. This one seemed to linger right over Newport on Tay, while the Dundee end of the bridge was bathed in blazing golden sunset light. The rainbow splendour is another story.  

Watergate, Perth

Wol Gilbraith

  • This is perhaps the oldest street in the ancient burgh of Perth, and very des-res until Tay Street was built, in 1870, commandeering the river frontage. Read more on madeinperth.org. Premier associations with royalty exist to this day.

Michelle Duncan, Actress

James Herd

  • Michelle Duncan, Actress, who appeared in the films Atonement and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Michelle

James Herd

  • A darkroom print

Susan and Nuala in the bluebells

James Herd

  • This picture was published in August 1989 in Practical Photography, photographer James Herd.

It’s a bit BARON out here!

Neil Hutton

  • Moody and majestic Baron. One of the two steel horse heads, The Kelpies, created by acclaimed Scottish sculptor Andy Scott. The Kelpies proudly guard the entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal at Falkirk.
    2024 is the tenth anniversary of The Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk.

East Neuk Heaven

Neil Hutton

  • A rare quiet moment in the winter sun on South Street in the picturesque and popular village of Elie, nestling in the East Neuk of Fife.  South Street boasts the oldest buildings of the conjoined settlements of Elie and Earlsferry.

V&A Vista

Alastair MacIntosh

  • A set of three images of the V&A museum, Dundee, which have been post-edited to create a fisheye perspective that bends the linear concrete ribs within a circular frame. Looking through the walkway to the distant Tay Road Bridge.

V&A Pause for Thought

Alastair MacIntosh

  • Visitors stop to reflect on the striking architecture.

V&A A&V

Alastair MacIntosh

  • A reverse view of the graphic museum signage, reflected in the water.

Glen Coe in Winter

Ian Findlay Mackay

  • I have my thermal wellies on and I’m standing in the middle of the river looking at Buachaille Etive Mòr (1,021m). I’ve been here for a while, taking photos as the mist cleared. My camera is on a tripod. My hands are stuffed in my pockets. I don’t like gloves, so my fingers are frozen! Never mind, it’s worth it for this view! Maybe just another couple of photos.

On Top of the World

Ian Findlay Mackay

  • Okay, so maybe it’s not as high as Everest but the Aiguille du Midi, part of the Mont Blanc Massif in the French Alps, has an elevation of 3,842m. That’s 12,600ft. I’m taking lots of photos. I’m delighted that the two climbers have brightly coloured clothes and rucksacks. They stand out well. So do their long shadows. And look at that view! Right, where’s the cable car down?

Tranquillity

Ian Findlay Mackay

  • This is my first visit to the Japanese Garden at Cowden, near Dollar. The weather is perfect for photography; interesting clouds, diffused sunlight, and no wind. It’s the weekend and the garden is full of visitors. I wait patiently. Now’s my chance! Click. What beautiful reflections! I’ll be back for another photo someday.

8th Avenue Cyclists

Robert McCrory

  • As I wandered around the West Side of Manhattan with my camera, waiting for something to happen, around fifty or sixty cyclists silently appeared. All were pulling wheelies, some longer and more consistent than others. Pedestrians crossing the street took it all in their stride. True New Yorkers!

Peace with Pigeons

Robert McCrory

  • A man walked into Washington Square Park shouting, which is not unusual in New York but within a minute, lots of pigeons descended and enjoyed the food and attention he gave them. I asked his permission to spend time capturing some pictures. I have many with his face displaying various expressions but, in this picture, he shows complete peace and love for his friends.

Blue Lady

Robert McCrory

  • My wife Jill and I had a lovely midweek wander around Culross. We were delighted to find deserted streets with beautiful cobble stones and brightly painted buildings which mixed nicely with Jill’s coat!

Standing Stones

Connor McLaren

  • Taken on a very rainy day at the Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis. Although I only had five minutes before the downpour, it quickly became one of my favourite places in Scotland.

Perth Lightning

Connor McLaren

  • This was worth standing out in the rain for hours after all! I’d never photographed lightning before, so it was a bit of a learning curve but was thrilled when I saw the screen on the back of the camera with this one. A scary but amazing experience.

Morning Reflections

Connor McLaren

  • Sometimes you get lucky. I’m not sure how many sunrises I’ve dragged myself out of bed for and been disappointed but this time everything just came together. I took this on the last morning of our trip around the NC500.

Dried Hydrangea

Vicky McNamara

  • A still life of dried hydrangea gathered from my garden.  Printed on Fotospeed Metallic Pearl paper.

Coastal View

Vicky McNamara

  • An image taken with ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) on the west coast of Scotland.  The natural movement of the waves combines with the artificial movement of the gentle rolling hills in the background.  Turns a rather grey day into something quite beautiful. Printed on a 100% cotton, Fine Art paper.

Posie of Flowers

Vicky McNamara

  • A still life of various flowers. Printed on Fotospeed lustre paper.

Nature’s Canvas

Andrew Mitchell

  • “The woods ablaze with the last light of day.”
    On the banks of Loch Leven at Burleigh Sands.

Nature’s Embrace

Andrew Mitchell

  • “Trees entwined across a stream.”
    An intimate moment in Scotland’s ancient pine forest in Glen Lui.

Spring Awakens at the Linn of Dee

Andrew Mitchell

  • Mar Lodge Estate, Cairngorm National Park.

Misty morning at St Combs Beach

David Moran

  • This photo was taken on a very atmospheric misty morning at St Combs near Fraserburgh, just before the sun broke through.

Mermaid stranded in the mist

David Moran

  • This photo was also taken on a very atmospheric misty morning at St Combs near Fraserburgh, just before the sun broke through.

Ericht Croy

David Moran

  • This photo was taken just above the bridge at Blairgowrie, at the Croy on the River Ericht, using my 30-year-old Lubitel 166U camera and Ilford HP5 film. This camera is a medium format film camera.

All the fun of the fair

Nicole Morrison

  • This was taken at the Edinburgh Christmas market and I love the impact the long exposure had on the Ferris wheel.

Into the mist

Nicole Morrison

  • I always enjoy walking around Kinnoull Hill and I couldn’t resist taking this photo while out for a walk with family on a misty day.

Tay whale sunrise

Nicole Morrison

  • An early morning at the Dundee waterfront gave the opportunity to capture the Tay Whale in the morning sunlight and its reflection in the water feature.

The Crown Bar

Jill Potrykus

  • This was a first attempt at street photography which included people. This type of photography is new to me and I enjoyed working out the composite with the building and the tree, and then including the bright colours that contrast well.

St Giles’ Cathedral

Jill Potrykus

  • One of my favourite subjects to photograph is architecture; the ceiling in this cathedral is fantastic. I particularly like that this picture has the bold colours in the windows and is a frame within a frame.

Glasgow Cathedral

Jill Potrykus

  • Taken on a cold winter’s afternoon, not long prior to closing of the cathedral. This ceiling is quite different because it is wooden. The gold colours of the arches, the symmetry and the composition really caught my eye.

The patient wader

Lizzie Rawlings

  • Heron photographed on the River Ericht in Blairgowrie, while fishing for his dinner. A beautiful summer evening, he was happy to wade around in the weir for some time before flying away, which enabled me to capture him with the water flowing at his feet.

The lone fisherman

Lizzie Rawlings

  • This photograph was taken on a recent trip to Shetland, near the lighthouse at Esha Ness.  I spotted this lone angler in the water not far from the lighthouse itself. I love his reflection in the water and the simple simplicity. 

Tombolo

Lizzie Rawlings

  • A stunning view across the tombolo from the mainland of Shetland looking out to St. Ninian’s Isle across the bay.  A beautiful walk with stunning views and a great place to sit and rest before continuing on your way.

No.40 – London Pollard

Graham Robb

  • An action photo from last season, which was my second season as team photographer for Motherwell FC women’s squad, taken on the astro at K-Park, East Kilbride.

Wind against tide at Fraserburgh harbour

Graham Robb

  • As always, a fierce wind blowing against a strong incoming tide whips the sea into short, dangerous waves; not a day for the amateur yachtsman to “cross the bar”! Incidentally, this is the first photograph I edited using LuminarAI, the innovative photo editing software devised and developed in the war-torn cellars of Kiev!

Yummy but dangerous!

Graham Robb

  • Printed 60cm X 80cm on aluminium, this photo is an homage to the old school enamelled advertisements of the first half of last century. There is a strong tradition of “legal?” home distilling of hard liquor from various fruits in eastern Europe; in Romania the “good stuff” is commercially produced mostly in the Maramures area of the Transylvanian Carpathians. It’s delicious but watch it!”

The Night Train

Tom Ryan

  • The Night Train is a series of three pictures showing trains arriving at and departing from Perth Station. The pictures were all taken from St Leonard’s Bridge around 10pm in December 2022. The exposure time of 1.5 seconds shows the motion of the trains.   

In for the kill

Martin Samson

  • A peregrine falcon with its kill taken at the World of Wings Birds of Prey Centre in Cumbernauld.

Loch Fyne

Martin Samson

  • A cold January day at Inveraray looking east along Loch Fyne with Beinn Ime and Ben Lui in the distance.

Steaming in

Martin Samson

  • The Strathspey Railway – the 10.45 train from Aviemore arriving at Broomhill Station, pulled by an Ivatt Class steam engine built in 1952 in Swindon.

Lunaria (Honesty)

Sandie Smith

  • This is a Cyanotype print created using light-sensitive paper coated with chemicals and exposed to extreme solar light for a few seconds. It is then developed and washed, and the distinctive Prussian blue colour reveals the original image. No camera is involved. It is colour-fast.

Platanus (Plane tree)

Sandie Smith

  • This is a Cyanotype print created using light-sensitive paper coated with chemicals and exposed to extreme solar light for a few seconds. It is then developed and washed, and the distinctive Prussian blue colour reveals the original image. No camera is involved. It is colour-fast.

Journey

Sandie Smith

  • This is a monotone digital print created by drying dandelion seedheads upside down, then once dried, positioned upright and photographed against dull daylight to create a sense of passing through time.

Clackety Clack – now stand well back

Paul Trodden

  • I came across these two at Midhowe Broch on a recent trip to Rousay, Orkney. These birds are pretty antisocial after they clack out a warning, they “spit” at you – yep, the whole content of their stomachs! Fortunately, they missed – the “spit” of these fowl is foul! I immediately left them in peace.

Vortex

Paul Trodden

  • Whilst everyone else was enthralled by the fountain, I was more interested in its drain. Space was very limited, so this image was captured not with the latest “high end” mirrorless camera with an ultra-fast lens but with my humble old iPhone. I really like it and I hope you do too.

The Golden Cutter

Paul Trodden

  • I came across this redundant stone cutter whilst poking around a farmyard on a late sunny afternoon. The blade was for that fleeting instant a thing of golden beauty before the sun faded and it lost its bloom.

Curling on Kelty Loch

Sally Wood

  • Taken during the winter of 2010 when a local fishing loch froze over and friends got together for a curling match.  Probably a once in a lifetime event but who knows now, with climate change?

Branching Out

Sally Wood

  • Whilst on a local walk near Dunning, I saw this solitary tree behind a wall bathed in late afternoon sunlight. The wall leads your eye into the photo and the windswept tree with varying shapes, patterns and textures, including the fields and crops beyond. 
    I feel this helps make a lovely black and white photo.

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