This month we were delighted to welcome our first guest of the 2017/18 membership year.
Jane Middleton-Smith archivist at W.W.Winter Ltd took us back in time through her fascinating presentation, from the birth of Walter William Winter in 1842 to his death in 1925, his acquisition and relocation of the business in 1867, where Winters continues as a photographic studio to this day.
While this year has marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of the studio with a superb exhibition at Derby Museums in conjunction with Format International Photography Festival, it is 165 years since French photographer Emmanuel Charles first established a photographic business on Midland Road in Derby, which Walter Winter then took over on Charles’ death moving the business across the road, giving them claim to being the longest running photographic studio in the world.
Ockbrook enjoyed looking at some very old photographs many restored from glass plates, a fantastic archive of memories, through the continuing preservation of Winter’s collection of photographs and negatives, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
More information on the work both past and present of this Derby photographic studio can be found on their website link http://www.wwwinter.co.uk
Beyond Limits – Chatsworth
To round off our evening there was a short presentation of images from nine members of Ockbrook, who recently enjoyed a pleasant day out at Chatsworth with their cameras.
With favourable light and weather conditions which improved as the day went on, the group wandered by the river before heading to the gardens for the sculptures, all set within a beautiful landscape full of photo opportunities.
- Pre-visualising black and white
- Manipulating black and white
- Reviewing black and white.
To start off the tenth year of the club, Mick and Dave hosted a practical evening in which members were encouraged to think about taking images in black and white.
This session was part of a short series of evenings where we explore aspects such as what works in B&W, visualisation, camera settings, post-processing and software to enhance B&W images etc, and also served as a lead-in to Kevin’s B&W discussion in October.
So, members were sent out into the wilds of Ockbrook to get some black-and-white images for themselves, having in many cases adjusted their cameras to display b&w on their rear screens. Time was a little tight on this occasion as the light was fading – so they had around half an hour to see what they could come up with.
Then, it was time for a review of one image from each member – done anonymously and straight out of camera – and there was plenty of encouraging and positive feedback to help members with their ‘homework’ for October’s meeting.
As always, the range of subjects and treatments was broad and there were some fabulous images to enjoy.
You can enjoy them again here – still anonymous. Of course, copyright remains with the photographer.