2017 Annual Theme Competition "Beauty in Decay"

1st March – Theme Competition – Beauty in Decay

A slightly smaller audience than usual congregated for the evening’s festivities. There was an air of anticipation in the room but that is to be expected bearing in mind the members had been planning and post producing images for this competition for the best part of a year.

The image collection for tonight’s judging was a good size: 22 prints and 41 PDIs is a ‘chunk’ of work for our Judge Tilman Kleinhans. Tilman is no stranger to the Club visiting many times over the years and judging us in a number of external competitions including the recent Tri-Battle Club competition between Frodsham, MCCC, Northwich that took place on the 27th February in which, yes dare I say it, we won. The points awarded as follows:
• 1st – MCCC - 354 Points
• 2nd –Frodsham - 342 Points
• 3rd –Northwich - 330 Points

Many thanks to our External Competition Secretary; Ray Girling for choosing a fantastic winning set of images.

Tilman Kleinhans (ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP/b, BPE2*) is a member of St Helens Camera Club and has been involved in Judging since the mid-eighties. Tilman uses his photography as a means of communicating visually with the world - citing the words of artist David Stanley, “no image is complete until it reacts with the viewer.” Tilman adds, it is this reaction that decides how successful that image is. With this ethos in mind, seeing how our images of ‘Beauty in Decay’ react with Tilman will be very interesting

“….I am looking for an emotional connection with an image”
Tilman Kleinhans

Tilman is almost eccentric is his feedback. His excitement is intoxicating - never standing still pacing backwards and forwards examining every detail of the image that he is judging. You can tell he is feeling the emotion of an image, deciding in his mind what it visually means to him, how it makes him feel, how it makes him react. He is able to articulate his inner emotions to the audience in a sensitive manner bringing in ideas for improvement and offering praise when appropriate. Tilman stated to the audience that he was looking for an emotional connection with the images that would allow him a subjective interpretation of the story or feeling that the author is trying to purvey. This is art in its truest form - I suppose as photographers we are used to capturing images in an almost sterile way, where we reproduce what we see to the last pixel. Tilman allows his creative juices to look past the subject matter to see how an image moves him emotionally either through the story being told to him or the feelings that are created through the patterns and colours that he sees. This is quite a refreshing view of our art because allowing it to be subjective, someone will always appreciate our work. In fairness to Tilman, having seen a number of his judging events he always caveats his presentation with the fact that he is expressing his views accepting that others may disagree.

Focusing back on the competition, the results were in

Advanced Prints
1st: Veronica Nicholas – Rustic
2nd: Veronica Nicholas – Broken Vision
3rd: Ray Girling – Dead Puffa Fish

Beginner PDIs
1st Peter Tasker – In Need of Conversion
2nd: Joff Trotman - No Welcome at the Inn
3rd: Joff Trotman – Oak Leaves in Winter

Advanced PDIs
1st: Veronica Nicholas – Roots of Fallen Tree
2nd: Jim Cain – Faded Pulsatilla Vulgaris
3rd: Ray Girling – The Face

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and a thank you to all the members taking part. A final big thank you to our Judge – Tilman who provided sound and honest feedback throughout the whole evening.

For more information about the Mid-Cheshire Camera Club visit its website or come along to a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7.45 for 8pm at the Dingle Recreation Centre, Winsford.

Paul Wilcock
Press & Publicity Officer