Canterbury Photographic Society


2018-2019 Meetings:  Sept/Oct

5th September 2018

Last Wednesday evening was the first meeting of the new season for Canterbury Photographic Society. It was very well attended  and members gave a warm welcome to several new faces who are considering becoming members.

Following a short EGM the main event of the evening was to judge the winner of the Summer Shoot Challenge. The  Summer Shoots were organised by club member Wendy Kennett and attracted record numbers of members taking part this year at various locations. Wendy chose categories for the Summer Shoot Trophy Award and  members had the opportunity to become Judges for just one night and vote for their favourite images. The mages were scattered across tables and demonstrated a huge variety of subjects. A shortlist was arrived at from over 100 images and those members were asked to give a brief insight about camera settings and editing techniques carried out on their successful images.

Chairman Dave Cornelius announced the results and last year’s winner of the Trophy, Steve Silk, had the privilege of presenting it to his successor. Philip Wells was the overall winner with and focus stacked image of a ‘Common Blue Butterfly’ taken at Lydden Chalk Downs.  Sarah Vinall’s ‘Ladybird’ image and Wendy Kennett’s ‘Happy Abstract Accident’ gained them joint second place and Steve Silk’s Cafe Rouge image came third.

Members are looking forward to an exciting season of excellent speakers, league competitions and joint events with other camera clubs.



WINNER:  Common Blue Butterfly by Philip Wells


BOTTOM ROW left to right):

JOINT SECOND (Left):  Happy Abstract Accident by Wendy Kennett LRPS

(Right):  Ladybird by Sarah Vinall

THIRD (right):  Cafe Rouge by Steve Silk


12th September 2018

Members of CPS and visitors from other local camera clubs were inspired by the creative images that speaker Claire Gill shared with the group. Claire described how much she was influenced as a child by watching her father work as a Graphic Designer and having a very creative mother. Unafraid of turning her hand to most things, including DIY projects, Claire had experienced a wide range of careers before starting a family and then specialising in Digital Photomontage.

She gained a Masters Degree in Textiles, concentrating on knitted creations and for a while, had her own business designing knitted garments before spending time in Italy working for Alberta Ferretti and Valentino in the Fashion Design industry. On her return to England she lectured and also taught in a Secondary school before taking a break to raise her family. She was approached by Barbour to take part in an advertising campaign and experienced being in front of the camera wearing Barbour clothing and being photographed whilst taking her own images on Whitstable beach.

Claire became fascinated with the process of Digital Photomontage and studied examples of film photographers in the early 1900's who went to great lengths to create collages of images with often bizarre themes. She also explored the styles, colours and textures  used by many of the great artists and she has successfully exhibited her own work in galleries and undertaken commissions.

Claire has developed a very unique style of her own based on coastal themes. She explained how flat light provided the best conditions for photographing multiple images in a single location. Claire found that using this approach the resulting collage, made up of objects in her photographs, would blend together in a more believable image. She prints many stages of her progress, cutting pieces out and rearranging them on paper before finally deciding on a successful composition which she then creates digitally. She hopes her images encourage the viewer to look  more closely at all the various components that convey a surreal and atmospheric sense of place.

Members were also treated to an Audio Visual presentation of a selection of Claire’s finished pieces and the evening culminated in a demonstration of  some of the techniques she employs in her work.