March 2020

What a crazy month...
March started well enough. Three of my prints were on show in the East Midlands Monochrome Group Exhibition at The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, and I showed a selection of five studio prints at the club's first meeting. My other club, the Desborough and Rothwell PS, had its first projected image heats of the year, and I managed a third in the main competition and second in the Mobile Phone Image competition. I was one of the three judges at the North East Midlands Photographic Federation's annual inter-club projected image competition in Nottingham - a novel and very interesting experience for me. Then the impact of the Corona Virus began to be felt. The Photo Show at the NEC was cancelled. The DRPS had a "night shoot" in a local village, which we attended, but already "social distancing" was beginning to occur. I gave a print talk (Iceland) to the local Thursday Club, and the DRPS did meet for a showing of the 2019 Solihull National Exhibition, but that turned out to be its last meeting for the foreseeable future. The EMMG have ceased to meet. My judging and lecturing bookings have been cancelled up until August. The Rushden Open Exhibition has been cancelled too so my two acceptances in the South Birmingham exhibition could be my last for some time. Plenty of time at home to process the backlog of images, and to try out new software like Affinity Photo. And then there's the printing and mounting. Just stay healthy and safe, that's the main thing.