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

The programme is varied with talks on a range of black and white photography topics by visiting speakers and by some of our more experienced members.

All photographers who are interested in joining the group are most welcome to come along to a meeting to ‘have a look at us‘ and ask any questions that they may have before deciding whether the group is for them.

Members do not have to be experienced to join. We welcome beginners and experts alike whether they are male, female, young or not so young. As long they have an interest in black and white photography they will be welcome.

Membership fee is £30 for a full year, which includes free refreshments at meetings.

2017 Programme

23rd January 2017Michael Krier'Photography by Degrees 2'
27th February Keith Sharples'An Evening with Keith'
27th March AGMAGM followed by talk by a group member
24th AprilColin Trow-Poole'An Evening with Colin'
An avid monochrome worker, he enjoys the simplicity that the black and white image affords. He believes that by removing colour the focus is shifted, distractions are minimised and viewers impressions are altered creating, wherever possible, drama, mood and narrative power. He'll be show and discussing prints from his Street, Square Abstracts and India work.
22nd MayPeter Crane'Street Photography'
A keen photographer for over 40 years and a member of various camera clubs over the years. He particularly enjoys Street photography, Land/seascapes, Visual Art, Macro, Urban Scenes and Photo walks.
26th JuneTBA'Near Misses'.
In small groups. your opportunity to view, comment on and rate some of the great images that the Salon Selectors overlooked!
24th JulyIan Grant'Dichotomy'.
Specialising in industrial landscapes and using 5x4, 7x5 and 10x8 cameras Ian is looking at the dicotomy firstly between two canals, one abandoned, one working and secondly the industry of Tin Mining in Cornwall and the East Mediterranean.
28th AugustClive Haynes FRPS'Mono - Culture' ... Adventures in Seeing.
During this presentation Clive will show his style and approach to monochrome photography. This will be a visual journey embracing traditional landscape photography, figurative work, thematic approaches, composite panels and abstract concepts. The evening will also include a few AVs, demonstrations of stereo photography using any camera and Clive's method processing infrared files.
25th SeptemberJohn Tuckey'An Evening with John Tuckey'
John Tuckey is a photographer with a passion for Black and White images, and a taste for vintage and retro themes.
23rd OctoberLeigh Preston and Peter JohnsonLeigh and Peter will be presenting a Black & White workshop evening and using a series of A2 and A3 prints, with an emphasis on workflow, colour management for monochrome and image manipulation both for quality and 'artistic' purposes.
27th NovemberTony Broom'Some more Monosaurus'.
Sequel to Tony's 'Travels of a Monosaurus' in which Tony felt that the weather was usually against him, but for his type of photography this is not always a problem. He has a quality in his photography and his printing – the light he seems to find, the sharpness of the images and the fine details he manages to achieve in the printing.
DecemberNo MeetingNo Meeting
22nd January 2018John GouldA Fellow of the RPS, John has a reputation for producing award-winning “toned” prints of people and places. He has recently returned to his first love – people and in particular photographing the nude. His philosophy is a simple one and that is to create images that will interest and hopefully evoke a rapport with the viewer.
He is a dedicated black and white worker and still develops and prints in a wet darkroom.
26th February Ian Hammond LRPS DPAGB‘Good pics and bad pics – a discussion’. Ian feels that this will be a different take on a photographic presentation that could help Cotswold Monochrome members ..... and himself!
26th MarchAGM of the Cotswold Monochrome groupThis will be followed by a print presentation by member Gary Canning.
23rd AprilDr Charles Ashton ARPSA monochrome print presentation ‘Taking it to the street’
28th MayMichael Windle ARPS DPAGBA presentation of B&W wildlife prints
25th JuneAlan Stringer ARPS DPAGB‘Where I’m at now’ – a presentation of how things have progressed (or regressed) since my last presentation
23rd JulyRoger Parry ARPS MPAGB EFIAP : Judith Parry DPAGB EFIAP Details of presentation to follow
27th AugustDainis OzolsA presentation of monochrome prints by Border Monochrome
24th SeptemberDavid Lingham FRPSA presentation of darkroom monochrome prints.
22nd OctoberKay Reeve FRPS DPAGBDetails of presentation to follow.
26th NovemberDinah Jayes ARPS EFIAP MPAGB
Mike Edwards ARPS ABPE CPAGB/av
A miscellany of monochrome prints presented by two members of Smethwick Photographic Society.
December 2018No Meeting
28th January 2019Cotswold Monochrome group memberPrint Appreciation evening – possible new format to be decided.
25th FebruaryDave Lowe ARPS DPAGB
Dave Yates
A guide to long exposure daylight photography
25th MarchAGM of the Cotswold Monochrome group.
Followed by ....