Set Subject: Abstract
Abstract photography is the expression of ideas and emotions by using elements such as colours, lines, shapes and textures without attempting to create a realistic picture – any subject, no matter how ordinary, can become abstract depending on the way it is photographed.
More often than not what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in.
There are no rules about composition or framing – it all comes down to you, your view and what you find interesting or beautiful – you are only limited by your vision and ideas.
Ways to get started:
- Choose strong shapes
- Get up close
- Use colour to grab attention
- Seek out texture
- Look for repeating patterns
- Use lines and curves
- Photograph reflections
- Shoot through another object
- Capture shadow
- Blur your images
Judge: Michael Stefanini AAPS PSQA
Image Challenge: Christmas
Set Subject: Looking Down
The image must be taken so as to show a scene which lies below the photographer. The height from which the image is taken is immaterial.
Judge: Tryg Helander AAPS PSQA
Image Challenge: Weather
Graham Harris CF FAPS AFIAP GPU CR-2 QPSA PSQA will present a retrospective on his photographic journey on the 25th February 2020.
Graham has been photographing since his early years growing up on various properties throughout New South Wales. He continued this passion in his working life with the Department of Primary Industries in Queensland and with a young family at Inglewood, Monto and Biloela.
In 2004 he joined the Toowoomba Photographic Society and stared entering our local aggregate competition. In 2007 he entered his first National Photographic competition and 2009 started entering International Salons, gaining some success with acceptances which has enabled him to obtain photographic honours with the following organisations:
- Australian Photographic Society (APS)
- Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP)
- Global Photographic Union (GPU)
- Photographic Society of America (PSA)
In his presentation Graham will reflect on his photographic journey and provide an overview of his experience with entering photos into competition. He will show examples of his successful images, and also those that have not been as successful in gaining acceptances. He will demonstrate the post-processing used to make the most of the images he captures and enters into competition.
Set Subject: Action
This can include animate or inanimate objects involved in any form of action. It is not limited to human activity. The possibilities are infinite but as long as the main thrust of the image implies action then it will be acceptable under the definition.
Judge: Max Walters PSQA
Image Challenge: Water
Skills topic: Practical aesthetics – a round robin of 4 stations covering the photography of still life, a model, movement and use of lights. Presenter Tryg Helander
Come closer, and discover another not-to-be-missed moment.
Graham Burstow’s fourth book of his photographs, “Closer”, will be launched on Friday March 27.
TPS member and judge Gérard Saide will speak at the launch to be held at Cobb and Co starting 6pm.
Graham’s latest work is a personal survey of his 73 years in photography.
Comprising 142 A4 pages, “Closer” will be a must-have addition in the collection of photographers and anyone else with an artistic appreciation.
We all recognise Graham’s ‘Dorothea Lange’ shot on the cover, and I for one, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and see what’s inside.
Book launch “Closer”, by Graham Burstow
Date: Friday March 27
Place: Cobb and Co.
All welcome, no RSVP required.
Set Subject: Song or Film Title
The image must bring to mind the title of a song or film which is in the public domain, either recent or historical. This can be achieved either by word association or scene association with elements of the image providing clear clues as to the title of a valid song or film.
Judge: Barry Whisson PSQA