Prior to the photographs being given to the volunteer, they are stripped of all information that may identify the photographer to ensure that all are judged, praised or otherwise on their merit alone.
Tonight’s volunteer was Garvin Sewell who, having had a week or so to study the photographs submitted, led the critique.
Firstly he gave his observations on what he liked about each image then explained what changes, if any, he would make in relation to his own particular preferences. These were in no way criticisms, but they did generate a good deal of discussion and debate about different ways to approach a particular subject depending on each individual’s style and taste.
Once again, the standard of images submitted to Garvin was of the highest, and the variety of subjects reflected the wide range of interests of members of the club. These included images of a feeding jay and of a wild dolphin taken by Dan Downer, a beautifully rendered black and white Alberto Korda(esque) image of old American cars in Havana submitted by Michael Parkinson, a candid but intimate picture of a man relaxing and enjoying a moment of solitude on a park bench by Dave Brennan, and a new and different view of Newcastle Quayside taken pre dawn on a cold winter’s morning by Craig Carter.
Other photographs submitted allowed Garvin to indulge in his love for skies, these included a long exposure seascape featuring the rock stack at Colywell Bay by John Redpath, and a view of Lindisfarne Castle taken from the Gertrude Jekyll garden submitted by Tony Stevens.
By the end of the evening, although hoarse, Garvin was able finally to relax. His critique was judged a great success, no-one was insulted, embarrassed or hurt and he was allowed to leave the building safely and without a police escort.