Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.
On Friday 26th January, we had a delightfully different evening at APS when Claire Gill explained her approach to photomontage. Claire has used her love of Fine Art, textiles, photography and the South East coast to create amazing montages, using true images to portray a new reality of coastal scenes. Claire's father taught her the joys of darkroom photography, and she moved to digital photography, but always wanted to be much more than just a photographer. Discovering Photoshop gave her freedom to design her own unique images, using her love of colour, texture and structure like an artist painting on a blank canvas. Her enthusiasm was obvious – she loves everything she does. Out with her camera she captures separate images, large and small, from the seaside, and then with the help of Photoshop gathers them together into a montage. The sky isn't always sky, the sea isn't always sea, the items are not always what they seem - 'It's like solving a puzzle' said Claire. Her talent is obvious from her work, and you can see what she does on her website at clairegill.co.uk, find her work in many coastal galleries, and also her illustration of four verses from The Wasteland by T S Elliott, on view at the Turner Gallery Margate in February. A very enjoyable evening at APS.
Next Friday, 2nd February, we have our 3rd Print Competition when Ray Bridges LRPS CPAGB will be our judge. Visitors always welcome. Come along and spend an evening in good company.
We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. As we are more than half way through our season now, you can join to the end of the season with a reduced subscription. We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on club outings members can team up to gain experience. You are welcome to come along as a visitor, talk things through and make some friends, before making that final decision. Find out all about us at www.ashfordps.org.uk or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.