YPU Exhibition off to a flyer

 

Before the opening
Before the opening

The 2016 Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU) Exhibition had a wonderful opening day with an estimate of over 300 people attending.

There are 200 prints and 200 digital images excellently displayed in the Old Restaurant of Wakefield Town Hall.

Soon after opening
Soon after opening

The quality of some of the images is absolutely superb and the overall standard is very high indeed. One visitor from the north east was highly impressed. She said she was only in town after visiting Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Gallery, saw this event was on and just dropped in to see what it was all about. “The photographs are far better here ….  A much higher standard than The Hepworth ….  It shows a real passion for photography.” I think that sums it up. A slideshow of the digital entries was on permanently in a bay to the side of the prints and many people took advantage of the chairs provided as it took quite some time to see both prints and digital images.

Christine Walker with some of her award winning prints
Christine Walker with some of her award winning prints

The Bishop of Wakefield took an extended tour of the exhibition before opening the Annual Assembly of the YPU and was very complementary about the exhibition.

Lots to sdiscuss and debate
Lots to discuss and debate

Many visitors praised the room and the staging of the exhibition and this was particularly gratifying for those Wakefield Camera Club members who have devoted so much time and energy into making it happen, particularly Malcolm Dobson and Peter Wells. As you can see from the images there was quite a crowd for the opening day. There was much discussion and debate with many different choices for “favourite print”.

It was evident that the exhibition was an opportunity for old friends (and rivals?!) to catch up with each other and the room was had a constant air of friendly bustle. Wakefield Camera Club took on the responsibility of handing out and selling the catalogues to both individuals and clubs and by the end of the day a vast mountain of catalogues had been reduced to a small hill.

Don’t forget that the exhibition runs from 10:00 to 16:00 each day until 16:00 Saturday 14th May so if you didn’t get to see it at the weekend there’s still plenty of time.

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