April 2020

Corona Virus Lockdown - what to do?
With major restrictions on travel this month's photographic activities were severely curtailed. Both of my camera clubs ceased to meet, and my lectures and competition judging bookings were cancelled. RPS meetings, national exhibitions - all fell victim to the current crisis. So how did I maintain my photographic life this month? The internet obviously was a major refuge. I judged images from Biggleswade Photographic Society, sent them my scores, recorded a commentary on each section, and then Brian Hunt at Biggleswade matched my commentary with the images, and put the results on YouTube. The Midland Salon is still taking place, so I entered 8 images for that. I had two acceptances in the Cheltenham Salon which managed to survive the lockdown. Facebook was a great location to post images. Leicester Forest PS runs a weekly themed project, and I've managed to keep this up to Week 19 so far. I've been running daily "What/where Is It" quizzes on two FB pages. I printed plenty of A3s from the studio session at Weedon with Bou and Tilley. The East Midlands Monochrome Group opened a "Members' Only" section for critique of images. The RPS DIG and Affinity Photo had training videos to watch. And I've been scanning some old 35mm negatives from 1990 and 1991. I've even found a website that turns my photos into jigsaws!