Following 22 years in the R.A.F. he started an interesting and varied career as a professional photographer working as a freelancer, for a Local Authority and as a staff photographer for a local newspaper.
Our next meeting will be held on Monday 12th December when we will hold our annual "It's a Knockout" print competition. This is a competition where members' prints are judged - two at a time - by a show of hands from the club members with the winner passing through to the next round and the loser (as the competition name implies) suffering a " Knockout ". The last print standing at the end of the competition will be the winner and a modest prize will be awarded to the photographer. Please bring a maximum of 6 prints to the meeting - any prints can be used, including those previously entered for other competitions.
Danny Glew, a former leading member of the club’s committee, has made available to the club a collection of 170 colour transparencies that he discovered recently during a spring-clean of his home in Cornwall. The slides were taken in and around Selsey during 1982 and 1983 and were part of a club iniative to capture various aspects of Selsey life.
His wish was to make these images more widely available to club members and to the wider community and asked us for help to produce a digital copy of the collection.
This collection has now been scanned, tidied and uploaded to the club's Flickr website and can be viewed by clicking the red button below. Apologies for the interruptions in viewing by adverts which are a "feature" of the free version of Flickr.
I hope a view of "Selsey Life" from over 37 years ago will be of interest
We have traditionally met with our friends at Hayling Camera Club each year for a “battle” of prints and PDIs with each club hosting the event alternately. However, this was obviously not going to be possible during a Covid lockdown, so leading members of the Hayling club kindly offered to organise an alternative, taking advantage of the online Zoom platform.
The emerging plan was for each club to contribute sixty-four images which would be presented two at a time for a judge to comment upon and choose one to go forward to the next round and the other to be knocked out. Two marks would be awarded to the preferred image with none to its knocked-out partner.
Some of the Images that Survived the Longest
MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB CHAIRMAN 17th March 2020
It is with much regret that I bring you news that, in light of the present health scare, all meetings and activities of the club are immediately suspended until further notice. Your committee have given this serious thought and feel this decision will be in the interests of all members and especially those over the age of 70.
We will obviously monitor the situation carefully and follow government advice, but hopefully we will receive an all-clear in a few months time and life can return to normal.
Meanwhile, perhaps this might give us time to search through hard drives, old negatives and colour slides for undiscovered photographic masterpieces !!
To view the latest scores for the SCPF PDI League and download the individual scores click the appropriate button below:-
THE CLUB FOUNDER - George Abel
You may remember (from 2019) that, during a normal Selsey CC competition year, we regularly hold an inter-club competition with Hayling Island CC (“The Battle”) which is held in early April. This pits 12 of our prints and 12 of our PDIs against entries from Hayling with an external judge awarding scores out of 20 for all entries and the club with the higher aggregate score being announced the winner.
Whilst normal inter-club competitions have been abandoned during the current Covid-19 pandemic we have been in contact with Hayling for some weeks following their invitation to set up and run a competition with an alternative format, namely, a knockout competition similar to our regular “It’s a Knockout” competition held each December.
Since this is an inter-club not an individual competition the rules are slightly different:-
The first knockout round will be organised so that a randomly selected Hayling image will compete against a randomly selected Selsey image till the whole pool has been viewed. The second and subsequent rounds will be from a completely random selection of the remaining images in the pool.
The knockout will begin by displaying two images side-by-side. The judge will then make a quick choice between the two. One will be rejected and one will go forward to the next round. The judge will give a quick (light hearted mini critique) reason why he picked one over the other. 2 points will be awarded to any image carried forward to next round. The rejected image will not receive any points. However, if the judge has an occasion where he has a real problem choosing between the two, he may award a single point to the rejected image.
The next two images are displayed as above and this will be repeated till the whole pool has been seen. When all images have been seen the pool will have halved. All kept images will go into the pool for next round, and the above repeated. Keep repeating until only one image remains.
The last remaining image is the winner of the knockout competition.
The winning club will be the one that has attained the most points.
The competition will take place, virtually, on Monday 12th April and will be broadcast live on Zoom – all Hayling and Selsey members are encouraged to attend.
Full details for joining the Zoom meeting will be sent out nearer to the date of the competition.