A different perspective

Ladybower Bridge - by Janet Thorpe' 'Sheffield Photographic Society
Ladybower Bridge - by Janet Thorpe' 'Sheffield Photographic Society

THEY all look familiar, but somehow different.

Images we may have seen from the top of a bus or on a postcard but with an intesity that makes them larger than the life they depict.

From the University Arts Tower to Bamford Edge, Sheffield Photographic Society members bring a different perspective to the familiar and they’re all going on public display soon.

Forty photographers from the society will display their work at their annual Perspectives Exhibition in the Winter Garden starting on November 5.

“Our Perspectives Exhibition of prints in the Winter Garden is our first big exhibition of the season and has grown significantly since the first one eight years ago,” said exhibition organiser Mike Smith.

“Our members choose which of their work to display so we have a wide range of styles and genres of photography represented from traditional to creative and abstracts to landscapes.

“We are delighted to hold this public event for the benefit of the community and are grateful to the Winter Garden for hosting it for the eighth year running.

“Everyone is welcome to the exhibition and I hope everyone who sees the prints will find something of interest and perhaps something to make them think.”

The Lord Mayor, Councillor John Campbell, will officially open the ‘Perspectives 8’ exhibition at noon next Monday, November 5, and it will run until Sunday, November 11.

Sheffield Photographic Society was established in 1864, making it one of the oldest clubs of its type in the world.

It is also one of the largest photographic societies within the UK with over 100 members – with amateurs and semi-professional photographers using mainly digital equipment.

The society will holds its annual exhibition in February at the 1554 Gallery at Sheffield Cathedral.

Members will be on hand at lunchtimes throughout the exhibition to give further information about the society or simply to chat about the images and aspects of photography. The exhibition is free.

Prints pictured here are:

Arts Tower (Kerry Long): taken to capture the reflections of clouds in the windows

Dave Berry (Jim Charlton): taken at an annual outdoor sixties charity concert in Dronfield and printed in monochrome on glossy paper to recreate the look and feel of sixties photography.

Imperial War Museum (Gerry Sweetman): from one of the more senior members, to show the contrast between old and new architecture.

Shop Ecclesall Road (Rebecca Nex): it had just started to snow, giving the glow from the shop a very inviting feel compared to the cold emptiness of outside.

Ladybower Bridge (Janet Thorpe): a photoshop technique was used here by Janet to create an original circular look at a familiar place.

Views from Bamford Edge (Jeanne Maycraft): a more traditional landscape view taken in the Upper Derwent Valley.