Cliff Hide review


Last night we were treated to a talk by Cliff Hide entitled ‘Stories behind the Pictures’.  He talked about his 8-year career as a Photojournalist and how it started with hearing a report about the 7/7 bombings in London and rather than staying at home and listening to the reports on the radio and TV like everyone else he grabbed his camera, got on a train to London and documented it.

In those 8 years he has covered some macabre scenes for various news outlets such as the Metro, the Sun, the Times and Oxford Mail which have included murders, bomb scares, suicide attempts (and successes), he was also involved in the lockdown subsequent to the London Bridge attacks and in the thick of it during protests and riots as well as playing host Photographer at Royal events, getting up close and personal at zoo’s and book signings and he shared with us some of his favourite images which literally came about from bumping into people on the street.

It was enlightening to learn what it is like being on the ground when it happens and being ‘in the moment’ compared to what we as the general public are fed by the media and security services.

Cliff’s talk was delivered with passion, knowledge, humour and occasionally personal opinion and I hope that he will make a return to CPC very soon.

2018 CPC Annual Exhibition a huge success!

On Saturday 28th October Chesham Photographic Club held its 54th Annual Exhibition at Chesham Town Hall.

Visitors were treated not only to the fantastic usual array of the members images and the delicious home-made cakes on offer but were also enthralled by the winners of the club’s inaugural Phonepix Competition, which was launched in the Summer and aimed at young people aged 18 and under with the only rules being that the images had to be taken on a mobile phone and had to be ‘creative’.  Yet again the judging team at the club Julia Bradbury, John Cox and Andy Bristow were blown away by the standard of the 145 images which were submitted and had a very hard task of whittling these down to the final 10.

The winners were awarded their prizes by Chesham Town Mayor Jane MacBean who was delighted that young people were using their phones for creative means and very much enjoyed chatting to the winners and their proud families.

The final winning images were:

U13 age group

1st – ‘Lost in thought’ by Amira Shoba

2nd – ‘When the Sky becomes Sea ‘ by Keira Dunsmore

3rd – ‘Encounter’ by Spike Poyton

Highly Commended – ‘Orange Rose’ by Asha Gadhia

Highly Commended – ‘Birds eye view of my Guitar’ by Suzy MacAlister

14-18 age group

1st – ‘Pyramid Lake’ by George Long

2nd – ‘Natural Beauty’ by Sophie Page

3rd – ‘Distorted Glasses’ by Katie Tomlins

Highly Commended – ‘Agape’ by Sorenna Cadorna

Highly Commended – ‘Mannequin’ by Summer Ludlow

The ever-popular public vote was also back where visitors got to vote for their favourite image in the exhibition and with a total of 226 votes cast this year the top three votes went to the same author – John Cox, for his images entitled ‘Fork Handles’, ‘Mr Angry’ and ‘The Chase is on’ respectively. The winning Digital Image sequence was won by David Cowan for his sequence entitled ‘Blossoms’.

Club Chairman Tanya Barrett was very pleased with this year’s event and people’s response to it,  “My committee and I put in many man hours planning, prepping and executing this event every year and it’s nice to receive good positive feedback especially when this is on a very public forum such as Facebook.  We’ve put a lot of effort into maximising our use of Social Media over the past year and I’m pleased to say it’s finally paying off.  We should also offer a huge thanks to those local venues, businesses and the local council who support us by putting up our posters and helping us promote events such as this and I should also say one final thank you to Michael Clark and his team at Clarks of Amersham who for many years now have supplied us with a van and driver to assist us with moving our equipment from our home at the White Hill Centre to the Town Hall and back again – without them this event simply would not happen”.

Tanya and her team will shortly be starting to plan next year’s event but if you would like to see if a camera club is for you, you can pop along to the White Hill Centre any Tuesday evening 8-10pm to meet the members and see what the club is all about, they have also opened up all of this season’s speaker events so if there is something which you may find of interest please see their Facebook page for further details.  If you would like further information on the club or its activities, please e-mail memsec@cheshamphotoclub or visit their website at or

Under 13 winning entries

Over 13 winning entries

Friendly 3-way PDI battle with Tring & Hemel Hempstead Camera Clubs

On Thursday 25th October the much awaited 3-way PDI battle had finally arrived. Having been postponed from earlier in the season, a six strong Chesham team armed with 36 of their best and quirky images descended upon Tring ready to do battle.
A warm welcome was received from the Tring members along with a very good turnout from their members and Hemel Hempstead supporters.
Each team took it in turns to show their image first and the other two teams then had 60 seconds to match it, in the meantime judge Steven Galvin critiqued the original image and marked it out of 5,  the other two clubs were then marked for the photographic merit of their images and the closeness of the match.  At times his task was challenging especially towards the end but he did a brilliant job and all with good humour. Helping and heckling the judge were also encouraged to up the points score!
The final sores were Tring – 124 points, Chesham – 115 and Hemel Hempstead – 111.
All in all the event was deemed to be a lot of fun and definitely worth doing again.

Cornwall Adventures

Cornwall Adventures 

After a ten year hiatus my Husband and I decided to return to our favourite little bit of North Cornwall, known to many as Port Wenn the home of grumpy Doc Martin but to others simply Port Isaac, a sleepy little fishing village where the catch of the day can be purchased after 9.30 am from the local fisherman, the only things to do are to buy souvenirs from the local shops, while away many hours in the village pub and the now plentiful good restaurants, the latest addition of which is ‘celebrity chef’ Nathan Outlaw.

Within hours of our arrival on returning from a wander around the village to see what if anything had changed in the last 10 years a famous face (Daniel Mays, Line of Duty, Dad’s Army, Mrs Biggs)  walked past our holiday let and up around the corner, feeling quite excited by the prospect of having a well-known actor sharing our sleepy little holiday destination we went in and readied ourselves for dinner at the local pub – literally 10 paces from our front door.

On completing our meal at the Golden Lion or to Doc Martin fans the Crab & Lobster the pub door opens and another famous face enters (none other than one of my favourites David Hayman, Taboo, The Paradise, Trial & Retribution) – sensing something is now afoot and the highly unlikely event that two high calibre tv actors are in the same small village at the same time seemed beyond coincidence and so the questioning of the bar staff who came to clear our plates began.  We had of course assumed that another series of Doc Martin was about to commence but we were told that they were in fact making a feature film about the Fisherman’s Friends, local boys made good when they signed a record contract in 2010 and were first spotted singing their sea shanties down on the Platt in the village (where Hubby and I saw them in 2008) and on selected dates during the summer months they still do – if you get the chance to see them you really should.

Later that evening another favourite of mine arrived – James Purefoy (Rome, Episodes, Altered Carbon), so landing in the middle of a film set really made my holiday even if they did close the pub for 3 days to film but it was worth it for the many photo opportunities it presented and to see how life really is on a film set, whilst loitering with my camera one day we got talking to one of the production crew who asked where we were from – it turns out one of the production runners lived in Chesham!

When I was not stalking my favourite actors, we revisited some places which we had not had the opportunity to in 2008 and traversed our way through the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey and re-paid a visit to the Eden Project too which is always a good day out.

The day before we returned home the film crew were down at the Platt filming some of the last scenes which involved a stunt which they had been setting up all day, as you can imagine it drew crowds of tourists who looked on and wondered what on earth was going on.  The final scenes were being shot by drone (exceedingly noisy bits of kit) and everyone was asked to clear the area unless they didn’t mind being potentially in the final cut and so when the film comes out possibly in December – look towards the back of the crowd you may just see someone familiar.

How far is too far?

Art is subjective it always has been, Photography too to a certain extent.  Most of us Photographers nip, tuck, clone and cut using Photoshop but at what point does a piece of work stop becoming a photograph and start becoming a piece of art?  This was the subject explored by John Humphrey in his talk ‘Creative Approaches to Photography’ where his love of High-key and simplistic images verged more on the side of art than photography however, like it or loathe it he uses imagination and creativity to turn a seemingly mundane photograph into something interesting even beautiful and for that you have to commend him.

So, for those who have never dared to play with the numerous filters available on your editing software – have a go, you never know what you might end up with.

CPC's Annual Exhibition is here again!

CPC’s Annual Exhibition is due to take place again on Saturday 27th October 10-4pm at Chesham Town Hall.

As well as members work to entertain the guests there will be some delicious home made cakes to sample and the winners of the Club’s inaugural Phonepix competition, a competition aimed at young people tasked with taking a creative image using only their mobile phone, will be awarded their prizes by Chesham Town Mayor Jane MacBean.

Now in its 54th year the club hopes that visitor numbers will be at an all time high.

CPC Open Evening – Tuesday 9th October

Chesham Photographic Club is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 9th October 2018 in which it is hoped potential new members will come along to see what the club do, speak to its members and gain an insight into Camera Clubs and hopefully dispell a few myths.

If you have ever wondered whether or not a camera club is right for you there is only one way to find out come along and see us and we will try to answer all of your photography related queries.

CPC Open Evening

The CPC will throw open the doors of the whitehill centre to all those interested in photography on the 9th of October. We invite anyone interested in finding out more about the club to visit us at 8pm to learn more about the club and what we do.
There will be an opportunity to learn about the club, see demonstrations of photographic techniques and learn something about the art of photomanipulation.