WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

We hope that you’ll find the Cotswold Monochrome group a little different from the majority of camera clubs in the UK. Whilst naturally we’re dedicated to black and white photography, embrace black and white in both digital and film and hope to inspire more photographers to create amazing black and white images and prints, we think that there’s a few other things that might interest you.


WE DON’T DO COMPETITIONS
Instead of having competitions to see whose photograph is ‘best’ we simply encourage our members to show their own work and talk about their aims and objectives with their photography.

WE ENCOURAGE PHOTOGRAPHERS AT ALL LEVELS
Whether you’re just starting out, trying to get to grips with a new technique or thinking about new equipment our members are there to help you with your photography if you need it – there are no ‘trade secrets’ amongst the membership. If you need help there will be somebody there to answer your questions.

WE EMBRACE BOTH TECHNOLOGIES
We have members who do both so whether you’re using film or digital our goal is to stimulate our member’s interest in producing high quality black and white images and black and white prints.


WE’RE INTERESTED IN LOTS OF DIFFERENT GENRE
By sharing our knowledge and expertise we can improve the quality of all of our images. Within our group there are special interest groups where members meet informally and get involved with different aspects of photography that interest them.

WE ENCOURAGE NEW DIRECTIONS OF INTEREST
Shooting off in a different direction often produces exciting new images. We like that. At our monthly meetings we invite speakers to talk about their pictures and experiences and hopefully inspire you.

WE’RE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT EXHIBITIONS
We have an exhibition of our members’ images so that others may enjoy them and we facilitate the entry of our member’s black and white images and prints into many national exhibitions, salons and competitions.

Be inspired by monochrome

Front Page Image Credits. Our thanks to ….

Monte Gordo Beach by Mike Edwards ARPS ABPE CPAGB/AV; Love in Brick Lane by Peter Campion DPAGB BPE3* AFIAP; Camargue Horses by Michael Windle ARPS DPAGB; No Longer Here by Martin Fry FRPS BPE4* EFIAP; A Sudden Apprehension + White on White by Dinah Jayes; A Hard Life, Mark Chambers ARPS CPAGB BPE2*; Black Magic, Noel Robinson ARPS CPAGB; Out of Reach, Laurie Turner; Bon Voyage, Gary Canning

 

BE INSPIRED BY OUR COTSWOLD SALON

THE NATIONAL PRINT EXHIBITION OF MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY

The Cotswold Salon is the UK’s National Print Exhibition of Monochrome Photography and in its 22 years it’s seen many now well-known photographers make their first entry into an exhibition. The popularity of the Salon has remained high over those years with a consistent level of entries and we are determined that this should continue.

We are, however, aware of how many things have changed in those years. The many processes which bring the Salon together now feel overly labour-intensive and limiting to its future growth; we have to consider the impact of rising costs and there is a new generation of black and white photographers we need to reach out to using 21st century media.

In order to address these issues we have formed a working party charged with creating a leaner, fitter Salon with a wider audience to take us forward into the forseeable future.

However, this will be a significant review and we feel it unlikely that it could be completed and subsequent actions implemented before the next Salon is due to open for entries in early April. Consequently we’ve taken the decision not to hold the Cotswold Salon in 2018 and for it to re-open in 2019.

Whilst it’s inevitable that there will be a good number of changes please be assured that the Cotswold Salon will remain a monochrome print exhibition open to both digital and silver prints.

The working party will be led by our Cotswold Salon Secretary, Geoff Midwinter who would welcome any thoughts, comments or experiences from previous Salon entrants via salon-sec@cotswold-monochrome.co.uk

If you’d like more information about our Salon you can read about the one we held in 2017 HERE

David Bowker-Praed Chairman

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET TO KNOW SOME OF OUR IMAGE MAKERS?

We hope that you’ll be inspired by the images produced by our members and that you’ll get to know the photographers, discover their techniques in black and white photography and talk to them about their ideas.

You can meet them at our group meetings and they’ll be delighted to talk to you about their photography.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET INVOLVED?

By sharing our knowledge and expertise we can often all get so much more out of our images. We’re very keen, and support the idea of members with similar interests just getting together to create ad-hoc groups where members can meet informally, usually at each others houses, to get involved with the different aspects of photography that interest them.

At any one time the topics could include those listed below.

Digital Printing

Discussing the mechanics of printing, choices of papers, mounting and finishing, print appraisal or just general issues to do with printed black and white images.

The Darkroom

Black and white film processing isn't inherently difficult, but takes time and commitment and can be frustrating. But get it right, and the lost value, meaning and satisfaction returns to photography. Printing instills discipline, forces us to think more carefully about our camera-craft, invites us to consider what we are trying to say with our photographs.

Portraiture

Throughout history, portraits have been used to document appearances, but photography has drastically changed the medium, opening up new opportunities in expression and exploration. A compelling portrait makes someone think, makes someone think about the person, about what they’re thinking about.

Post Processing

In early days print processing usually involving dodging, burning and the right selection of black and white printing papers. Today, digitally, there's a huge range of options open to help create the perfect image. And from beginner to advanced user there's always something new to learn and share.

Still Life and Food

By "still life" photography we mean carefully composed and creatively lit images of thoughtfully chosen subject matter including food. Often tricky to light in black and white and needs a high attention to detail. But both are skills that can be learned and shared.

 

WE’D REALLY LIKE TO MEET YOU

Our meetings are held from 7.30pm until 10pm on the fourth Monday of the month – with the exception of Christmas – and take place at Upton St Leonards Village Hall, Bondend Road, GL4 8AG and you are very welcome to come and ‘have a look at us’.

You can always come any Monday, but fill out your details below and select the evening that you’d like to come and we’ll make sure that there’s someone to greet you, answer your questions and introduce you to some of our members.

Looking forward to meeting you.