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 photographers to print more black and white images, 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 into many national exhibitions.

Be inspired by monochrome

WE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT

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All I initially joined for was to learn Lightroom, now I’m entering a print into a national exhibition!

What a really nice bunch of people.  Not only did they help me move my Lightroom skills up several notches they really encouraged me to get into printing my images in black and white.  It took a little while to get the hang of everything but there was always someone that I could talk to if I was having a problem.

The digital print discussion group was also a big help and gave me a lot of pointers as to what the exhibition selectors would be looking for.  Fingers crossed now that I get an acceptance if nothing else!

David Dursley Member for 18 months 4th March 2017

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BE INSPIRED BY OUR COTSWOLD SALON

THE NATIONAL PRINT EXHIBITION OF MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY

Ross McKelvey Gold Medal 2016

The Cotswold Salon is a fabulous opportunity to exhibit your monochrome prints alongside photographers from across the UK.

The Cotswold Salon 2017 is the 22nd annual salon and is Britain’s only National Monochrome print exhibition. It now attracts some 2,000 entries of black and white silver or digital prints from both professional and amateur photographers throughout the UK, is independently selected using the Edinburgh System and is run under the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain rules and forms part of the British Photographic Exhibition circuit.

A number of Gold, Silver and Selector Awards are available together with Highly Commended ribbons and Certificates of Commendation.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July 2017 in Gloucester.

Chris Fell Highly Commended Ribbon 2016

If you are thinking of entering your black and white prints into the Salon for the first time, please do not hesitate before doing so. Everyone has a chance of achieving an acceptance, which is certainly worth striving for.

The Cotswold Salon will open for entries on Monday 10th April 2017 and close on Wednesday 10th May.

Full information is now available for the 2017 Salon
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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.

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