On the Exhibition Road Trip

Article Written by Karis Benn & Roisin Chambers

Holmcroft Library

“Always a very high standard. Last year and the year before was the same.”

The librarian at Holmcroft Library was extremely complimentary about our exhibition. Thank you Alan!

The Library users had their favourite photographs, some brought back memories of the past, in particular, ‘The Lonely Sea and Sky’ because of years spent at sea. The assistant librarian found that the photographs were often subjects she would use for her watercolours and in particular thought the photograph of the, ‘Aurora Over Barn’, reminded her of her ambition to travel to Norway just to see the Aurora. One of the good things about photographs is the way they make people respond emotionally and often share their memories and ambitions.

Another library user was a reader of Victorian mysteries and their favourite photograph was ‘The Pipe Smoker’ because it reminded him of a character in a novel.

The Librarians agreed that the photographs generated a lot of interest because of the range of subjects and the professional quality of the images. Some of the comments in the visitors book can speak for themselves:-

“Excellent photography collection. Love the Aurora picture.”

“Great exhibition of photographs, so many different subjects, particularly like the ‘mood’ studies in monochrome.”

“What a good selection of photographs. The quality is excellent and so many different interests and subjects. Thank you.”

Both Karis and I enjoyed our trip to Holmcroft Library and our next stop will be Rising Brook on the 5th of July. Looking forward to it already.

Rising Brook Library

It was quite quiet in Rising Brook Library when Karis and I arrived. It was Friday and the librarian was doing end of week jobs but took time to explain that his favourite was the “Female Polar Bear”, because it was, “proper wildlife photography”.

The display had encouraged at least one worker from the library to consider joining the club in September. “Are they all professionals?” she asked, “Or can anybody join?”

Karis was quick to point out that since we were members anybody was welcome!

Black and white photographs seemed to be popular in Rising Brook, so “Maisie”, “River Bridge in Winter” and “January Millpond”, were in the top five. Top choice went to “The Kettles On” because it was evocative of our recent historical past and the colours were “stupendous”. Fashion and portraiture didn’t seem to be as popular but people appreciated the quality of the composition and they clarity of the photographs.

“I’m fond of a good picture and these are stunning”. A lady commented as she picked up a “Stafford Camera Club” invitation card. The gentleman behind, looking over her shoulder exclaimed, “Good God are these from Stafford!?” Possibly two more new members Alan.

Comments from the book say it all;

“Excellent Display – Thank you”

“Inspiring collection of photographs”

“The green lights is my favourite”, Isabelle aged 7. who might join the club in 2030.

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