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OCTOBER 2019 in this issue Yorkshire Region Contacts Regional Organiser: Mark Slater E: T: Regional Treasurer: Geoff Blackwell FCCA ARPS E: T: Newsletter Editor: Brian Crossland LRPS E: T: 07540 824112 Regional Secretary/webmaster: David B Hall

Notes from your RO There has been lots happening in the region recently and there’s a good range of events planned for the remainder of the year and beyond. This is in no small part due to our volunteer photo-shoot coordinators, Leigh Foster LRPS and Robert Helliwell ARPS. Thanks to these two members for their time and effort, we are expanding access to a broader range of venues for everyone to go and photograph. Many photographers consider their activities as individual events, working better for them if they on their own and doing their own thing, and for some, their subject matter makes this essential. The visits which Leigh and Robert are arranging can be useful to everyone – come on your own, stay on your own; come with a small group, stay in the group; come to try something new, join in with others and share what everyone is doing: entirely up to you, depending on the venue limitations. I had the pleasure of attending the recent Yorkshire Wildlife Park event and enjoyed meeting a number of members and I am already booked in and looking forward to the next event in September at the Tees Barrage/WhiteWater Park. Photography from further afield - I am really pleased to be able to share with you that the Visual Arts Group annual print exhibition, will be at the Point, Doncaster, from 6th to 21st December, with the official opening on 7th December. This exhibition has traditionally held in various venues around London and will be well worth attending. Please check the website for final details before setting of …

Contacts - who’s who in Yorkshire: P.1 Notes from your RO P.1 Yorkshire Wildlife Park Photo-Shoot P.2 NHS Buildings in disuse and decay, Mary P Crowther ARPS - P.3 What not to miss in Yorkshire P.4 New Yorkshire members P.4 Distinction successes P.4

Newsletter Deadline Dates P.4 RPS AV Day - Leeds Trinity University - P.4 Visual Arts Group Exhibition - Doncaster P.4 Paul Gallagher talk - Wakefield Camera Club P.4

… The 161st International Photography Exhibition (IPE161) is visiting Hull from 4th to 27th October. I took the opportunity to see this exhibition at the RPS gallery in Bristol. It contains 100 accomplished images by contemporary photographers who demonstrate an interesting mix of photographic styles and subject matter. We are continuing to run more ‘Photography - Development to Distinctions’ workshops and Advisory Days for LRPS and ARPS panels up to the end of the year and beyond. We are also very fortunate to have a number of active Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in the Region (SIG sub-groups), which run a range of events, trips and presentations, details of which do get a mention in this newsletter, where space permits, but, as always, keep an eye on the RPS website and for a full and up-to-date list of what's on, please visit the Yorkshire Region page (region 18 on the RPS website). Finally - RPS HQ are in the process of updating the RPS website, making this an opportunity to modernise the site and make it more accessible on mobile devices as well as streamlining and improving the ‘events booking system’. If you have any ideas about how the region could provide help and support for your area of photography, please let us know and we’ll share the idea with other members. Please drop me, or the newsletter editor, an email. Kind regards, and I hope to meet many of you at our increasing range of events, meetings and activities.


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Yorkshire Wildlife Park 22nd August Visit Report by Leigh Foster LRPS

On Thursday 22nd August 2019, fourteen Yorkshire RPS members met at Yorkshire Wildlife Park to take advantage of the photographic opportunities this venue presents. Even with hundreds of visitors on the day, the animal areas generally contained only animals. At the introduction and briefing session, members were given the option of making the visit into their own personal safari, at their own pace, choosing their own targets, or staying in small groups to share ideas and practices with others.The weather stayed dry most of the day, but did present some challenges along the way, just as expected for a safari in South Yorkshire.

Several members started their shoot at the polar bear enclosure. The park is now recognised for containing the only polar bears in England. They obligingly provided us with many ‘action’ opportunities throughout the da, along with leopards, tigers, lions, giraffes, meerkat and many more.

Occasionally, and inevitably, minimising the ‘background’ interference of enclosures, visitors and other animals, presented a challenge, but as can be seeing the sample images, the day was voted a success. As well as producing a broad range of good quality images, new connections between members were made, and some started planning for the next ‘photo-shoot’ event at The Tees Barrage, at Stockton-onTees, on September 15th 2019, to shoot white-water kayak action as well as tidal river wildlife.

Images from the day have been kindly provided by the copyright owners; Nick Gaunt, David Lock, Matt Carpenter, Michelle Howell, Mark Slater, Leigh Foster; please respect their copyright.

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OCTOBER 2019 NHS buildings in disuse and decay.


Mary P Crowther ARPS

For some time, now, I have been visiting and revisiting derelict premises. Of particular interest to me are hospitals and health care institutes, providing an opportunity to record the demise and state of a crumbling health care system.

! Barriers Final

! Rubble

! Roofless


Open Window


! Ward 2

Green Table


Hex Blue Room

These images show just a few examples of local hospital buildings that have been left in a state of dereliction, ready for demolition or re-purposing. If you’re working on a project which may inspire others if you shared the images, please contact the editor with a brief overview and a few samples.

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OCTOBER 2019 YORKSHIRE REGION What you should not miss - please check the venue/times and website before setting off. • 4th to 27th Oct. ‘IPE161’. HIP Festival, Hull, HU1 2PQ. • 5th Oct - Advisory Day - 10:30am to 4:30pm. LRPS & all ARPS - Carleton Grange Community Centre, Carleton Rd, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ • 12th Oct. 10:30 to 12:30. £7/£5. Development to Distinctions, Yorks WIldlife Pk, Doncaster, DN4 6TB. • 19th October. Field Trip ‘West Yorkshire Waterfalls’ - see website for further details. • 26th Oct. Tony & Eva Worobiec - Land & Seascapes, themes&projects. Clements Hall, York.(details on website) • 2nd Nov. 10:30 to 12:30. £7/£5. Development to Distinctions, VJ’s Art Bar, 1A Finkle St. YO1 8RW. • 16th Nov. Historical Group Research Day. Sheffield Hallam University. (see website) • 17th November, RPS AV Day, Guest Speaker Alastair Taylor. Leeds Trinity Uni (see on right) • 2nd December. 7:30pm. Paul Gallagher (see below, to the right) • 6th to 21st December. RPS Visual Arts Group Exhibition at The Point, Doncaster (see below)

RPS Visual Arts Group - Print Exhibition. ‘The Point’ Doncaster. 6th - 21st December, 10:00 - 19:00, The Point, South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR The Point, home to Doncaster Community Arts, is a contemporary art gallery and café close to the town centre which has already been used for the RPS Biennial Exhibition in 2017. This location provides an inspiring viewing experience and makes a suitable finale to our 2019 exhibition roadshow.

The Yorkshire Region continues to grow…. Welcome to our new members: Garry Gerald Fry ARPS Nicola Procter Gerard Liston Steve Harries Edward Matthews Vernon Hoyle LRPS Robert McMillan Alex Moldovan Dr Michael Wilson Tim Pearson

Harry Wentworth Stuart Taylor Stephen Allen Peter Badkin Mathew Harrison Susan Mitchell Andrew Whitton James Reid ARPS Michael Travers ARPS

Congratulations on your Distinction: Christopher Page LRPS Lesley Peatfield LRPS

Gary Marshall LRPS

NOTE. if anyone has been missed out of these lists, or there are any spelling errors, please get in touch and we will correct. The next RPS AV Day is on Sunday 17th Nov 2019. Guest speaker, Alastair Taylor is the editor of AV News. Before that, on the weekend of October 5th and 6th the RPS National AV Championships will be held at Leeds Trinity University. See a range of AVs, and bring any you have done and wish to share. Further details, go to: special-interest-groups/audio-visual/about/ nationals-navc

Wakefield Camera Club welcomes

Paul Gallagher, a Master of Landscape Photography, to discuss his use of B&W film, digital, colour and IR photography. Paul’s talk, entitled “Transitions”, on Monday 2nd December 2019, starts at 7:30pm, at the New Brookhouse Club, 221 Barnsley Road, Wakefield, WF1 5NU. For more details, go to and to see more of Paul’s work, visit

YORKSHIRE REGION NEWSLETTER DEADLINE DATES. Got an item of interest? Send details, for Editor’s consideration as follows: Must be received by editor First week in December First week in April First week in August

Editor sends to printers First week in January First week in May First week in September

Posted out with RPS Journal First week in February First week in June First week in October

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RPS Yorkshire Region Newsletter October 2019  

A collection of events and reports from and about our members and others an interest in photography

RPS Yorkshire Region Newsletter October 2019  

A collection of events and reports from and about our members and others an interest in photography