On the evening of Monday 25th July a good attendance at Brookhouse were present for a “double act” presentation by Guy (ARPS) and Paula (FRPS) Davies. Both Paula and Guy are Permajet supported lecturers and together they have given many talks to camera clubs around the UK. Their talk this evening was all about their prints. Paula describes herself as a “butterfly photographer” because she flits from subject to subject taking a photograph of anything that attracts her. She says she gets particular satisfaction from seeking out abstract images in man-made and natural objects that look like landscapes. On the other hand Guy’s preference is for landscapes, especially in low or dramatic light.
Guy presented the first half with a theme of “water” which encompassed streams, rivers and seas located at places as diverse as the Grand Canyon and Wales. The high quality prints he displayed moved at a fair rate as he had so many to get through. He then moved into a black and white theme and with little effort segued into bridges and architecture. Guy’s main subjects were landscape and architecture but he finished off with a good section on portraits, often of people with very unusual and striking make-up. These included goths and steam punks, some of them taken in Whitby. At half time there was ample time to closely examine Guy’s prints and chat to both of them about their work.
In the second half Paula took over presentation duties and started with a statement about what photography meant to her and it emphasised a more emotional response rather than a simple recording function. She started with a series centred on close-ups of rocks in North Devon and North Cornwall. These were “landscapes” but appeared almost as abstract patterns, not because of any post-processing, but simply by careful choice of what is seen in the frame. She them moved onto a theme of beaches which emphasised form rather than detail. Like Guy she also included architectural images but these were details rather than complete landscapes. She showed many striking images of details of buildings taken at Salford Quays. Paula explained that she often used the idea of projects to maintain interest and enthusiasm. She finished with a series taken of coloured and aged glass which created beautiful, detailed “accurate” images but the overall effect was of an abstract piece of art into which you could read anything you wanted. A lot of very impressive in a varied and fascinating evening.