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 into many national exhibitions.

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 EFIAP BPE4*

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

 

WE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT

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 Monochrome group has again looked to inspire more photographers to produce amazing black and white images and to print brilliant black and white prints for the Cotswold Salon 2017.

It’s a fabulous opportunity to exhibit monochrome prints alongside photographers from across the UK.

The Cotswold Salon is Britain’s only National Monochrome print exhibition and attracts entries of black and white silver or digital prints from both professional and amateur photographers throughout the UK.

Chris Fell Highly Commended Ribbon 2016

There are three main sections for both digital prints and silver prints. “SCAPES” where the main subject is a landscape, sea-scape etc; “LIVING” where the main subject is a living person or animal; “OTHER” where the main subject is not a ‘scape’ or a ‘living’ subject.
For the second year Cotswold Monochrome have introduced for both digital and silver prints a “TRIPTYCH” section which is a combined open class print panel of 3 prints.

Roger Parry MPAGB, ARPS, EFIAP, Hon PAGB, ESFIAP is one of the selectors for the 2017 Salon. He said, ‘ I would encourage people to just have a go at turning out good quality black and white images, either by converting some colour to black and white or actually shooting in monochrome.’

 

 

Entries are independently selected using the Edinburgh System and the Salon 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.

As in previous years Cotswold Monochrome have seen a wide range of images and styles and a high standard of entries.

Leigh Preston FRPS, EFIAP, MPAGB, FIPF is well known as a club lecturer and international salon exhibitor and was a selector for the Cotswold Salon in 2015. He says “A great picture has a soul, an atmosphere and a humanity as well as having good composition and being technically sound. In the Cotswold Salon I saw many examples of personal style, balance, personal meaning and a narrative and I can really encourage photographers to submit their very best images for selection in this year’s event.’

Now in its 22nd year the annual event has seen many now well-known photographers make their first entry into an exhibition.

Ross McKelvery MPAGB FBPE FIPF EFIAP/S and Gold Medal Awardee in 2016 says, “From the point where I excitedly dipped my toe into the water by entering the Cotswold Salon for the first time, the standard of my photography has increased several-fold.  I am in no doubt that by participating in the likes of the Cotswold Monochrome Salon, photographers will see their own standard of photography improve.’

The Cotswold Salon is open to photographers at all levels of experience and everyone has a chance of achieving an acceptance whether you produce prints from digital images or use film. Take a look at our short presentation to see what our selectors look for.

You can view the selected prints for the 2017 Cotswold Salon at our exhibition to be held at Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellegate Street, Gloucester GL1 2HN

The exhibition will be open 10am to 5pm daily from
Thursday 13th July to Sunday 16th July 2017

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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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