We would like to thank all the members of the public who came to view our annual exhibition at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall this year. It was wonderful to be able to hold an in-person exhibition again for the first time since 2019.
We’ve counted up the hundreds of vote you cast and are delighed to announce the winners this year are:
1st Place: Barbara Lansdell with “Wren”
2nd Place: Judith Baron with “What About Me?”
3rd Place: Bill Pilkington with “In the Cold Midwinter”
We’re delighted to announce our first on-line only annual exhibition is now open to the public. We hope we’ll be able to return to the Hebden Bridge Town Hall next year, but for now we’re making the most of the current situation by expanding the number of photographs on show from members, as there are no physical space constraints. To make things easier to browse we’ve split the exhibition into themed categories; Open, Nature, Portrait, Travel, Monochrome, ‘Scapes and Local.
Every year we invite the public to vote for their favourite three images – due to the change in format this year we’ve changed that to allowing you to vote for your favourite image in each category giving you 7 votes in total if you wish to use them all. Voting will remain open until the end of September and results will be published in October.
As our exhibition is usually your first chance to grab a copy of our popular Hebden Bridge calendar, we’ve decided to setup an online shop this year if you want to get your order in early. The calendar will also be available in all the usual venues around town. As a word of warning, we’ve reduced the number we are printing this year due to the uncertainties caused by Coronavirus, so they will be in more limited supply than usual. If you’re keen to get one, don’t wait!
Due to the pandemic limiting our ability to host our usual annual exhibition at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall, this year we are going to be presenting member’s work online. The online exhibition will be launched on the 29th of August.
As we let you know at last week’s meeting, we have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 virus situation and how it might impact on our programme.
In the past week several members have, understandably, expressed reservations about attending meetings on Wednesday evenings. With social distancing now recommended by the government and with some of our members being in the higher risk category, we have taken the decision that the responsible action is to cancel all meetings up to the end of April when we begin the summer break.
This is immediate and there will not be a meeting this Wednesday 18th March. Hopefully when the Club programme begins in September things will be back to normal and we can once again get together on a weekly basis.
In the interim, the committee are thinking of ways to hold part of the bi-monthly competitions remotely, i.e. judging PDI’s from home and maybe recording comments that can be uploaded to the web. Prints present a different challenge, but possibly we can look at moving them to September and increase the number of entries per member. The Summers walks are under review but it’s unlikely these will go ahead.
Nobody is more disappointed than we are at having to make this tough decision, but we hope you understand and agree that it’s the best course of action in the exceptional circumstances the World finds itself in at present.
Judith Baron, President.
Bill Pilkington, Programme Secretary / Vice President
Our annual exhibition will be opening on Saturday 24th August at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall and runs until the 31st. The exhibition will be open daily from 10am until 4pm (except on Bank Holiday Monday (26th) where unfortunately the Town Hall is closed). Entry is free.
We encourage members of the public to vote for their favourite images while looking at the exhibition, the winners of which will be announced in September. Two or more members from the club will generally be present to answer any questions you might have about the exhibition or the club itself, for the duration of the exhibition. We look forward to seeing you!
The exhibition also marks your first opportunity to see and buy our Hebden Bridge 2020 Calendar. It will be on sale at just £5 a copy, a slight discount over the regular retail price.
In addition to the calendar, a limited number of copies of the second edition of the club’s magazine ‘Narratives’ will also be available, priced at £5.
For last year’s People’s Vote winners please see here.
Hebden Bridge Camera Club once again retained the Gavel Trophy in their annual photographic battle with Todmorden Photographic Society on March 6th. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Hebden has been victorious in the competition. Due to unforeseen circumstances Todmorden were unable to host the battle this year, so the win was also on home ground for Hebden Bridge.
Both clubs produced some excellent images, but a string of 20s in the projected images helped to give Hebden a convincing lead. The overall scores were 169 points to Hebden Bridge and 148 to Todmorden.
Judge Christine Hodgson awarding the Gavel Trophy to Nigel Plant.
Images were judged by Christine Hodgson BA (Phot), ARPS, CPAGB.
Our annual calendar featuring images by members of the Club showing Hebden Bridge and the surrounding villages is currently on sale. Most newsagents and Post Offices in the area are carrying it; including the Mytholmroyd, Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge Post Offices and Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre. The calendar has a RRP of £5.25. If you live outside the area and would like a copy please get in touch and we can arrange to send one to you.
Profits from the calendar play an important role in keeping the Club running.
This is a memorial gallery to celebrate the work of John Woodhead, one of the founding members of the Club. John sadly passed away on the 31st of July 2018, aged 88.
While he wasn’t very active in submitting images to competitions or exhibitions more recently, from the 1950s through early 2000s he used to regularly enter prints to both internal and external competitions. In particular to the Yorkshire Photographic Union’s Annual Exhibition where he had a number of prints accepted over the years.
John shot a variety of subjects, with local scenes, portraiture and record shots of churches and cathedrals (and their interior detailing) making up the bulk of his portfolio.
John was adept in the darkroom making prints using a variety of papers, toners and techniques including bromoil. He skilfully dodged, burned and retouched with a pencil in some cases, to create the effect he desired.
The works presented here are digitisations of some of John’s many home made darkroom prints.
New Road bridge Mytholmoryd. Darkroom print by John Woodhead
Work in progress on the M62 Motorway – Deanhead Cutting and Scammonden Bridge Darkroom print by John Woodhead
Darkroom print by John Woodhead. YPU Entry, 1965
Darkroom print by John Woodhead. YPU Annual Exhibition Entry 2003.
Now demolished street in Hebden Bridge. Darkroom print by John Woodhead
Darkroom print by John Woodhead of longtime HBCC member Ken Green.
Darkroom print by John Woodhead. Entry to the YPU Annual Exhibition 1997
Darkroom print by John Woodhead. YPU Annual Exhibition entry 1972.
Darkroom print by John Woodhead
Nutclough, Hebden Bridge. Image by John Woodhead
Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge. By John Woodhead (Print slightly deteriorated)
By John Woodhead
By John Woodhead
Hawksclough, Mytholmroyd. Darkroom print by John Woodhead
Darkroom print by John Woodhead
Darkroom print by John Woodhead, 1965 YPU Entry
Digital colour print by John Woodhead.
Darkroom print by John Woodhead. (Print slightly deteriorated)
Darkroom print by John Woodhead
Best Print in Exhibition and First in Portraits, 25th January 1958. Calder Camera Club. Darkroom print by John Woodhead. (Slightly deteriorated)