On the evening of 1st July Peter Thomson DPAGB APAGB came to give a talk to members entitled “Judge the Judge” which was an intriguing title. Peter has been a judge for some time but, as with most judges, is a keen photographer himself. In the first part of the evening he essentially invited members to “judge” his own work. He started by showing a short A/V presentation of his own work to introduce his style and range. Then it was a case of displaying one image on the large screen, speaking a little about it and then asking members to call out their comments. After that he told us what other judges had thought about it. Then it was onto the next image for more evaluation. In some cases there were two or more treatments of the same image and Peter asked the audience which they preferred and, of course, told us what other judges had said about them. The subjects of the images ranged far and wide including sports landscapes, architecture and street photography. It was a novel presentation with audience interaction.
In the second half Peter presented a series of A/V presentations with subjects including Saltburn, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, heritage weekends and the Hebrides. It was clear that A/V was one of Peter’s keen interests and they all had quality.
It was a different and varied evening and thanks go to Peter for giving members the opportunity to become judges – even if only for a short time.