Camera Club focuses on Barry and Barry Island
12:10pm Saturday 22nd September 2012 in News
BARRY and Barry Island were the subject of a three-month Urban Photography project, undertaken by local amateur photographers.
Project co-ordinator Trevor Waller said: "Cardiff Camera club regularly sets its members challenges, for the simple fun of working together in our favourite hobby, but also to challenge members of all abilities to create art in unfamiliar settings.
"Club members set out to see what they could do by creating images on the theme of Urban Landscape, in Barry.
"The participants produced an interesting display of formats, from 'pinhole' camera shots through to Photoshop techniques which distorted reality."
The photographers took hundreds of photographs of Barry over the three month period, and 200 of these were selected for a special viewing in the club.
Club member Christine Morgan of Pontypridd concentrated on black and white images and produced some stunning images of Barry streets and housing.
Gerry Southard of Cardiff captured some of the key buildings in Barry including the inside and outside of the historic Dock Offices, and Barry Island's beach.
New club member Ian Clark captured people and shopping and produced a fine abstract triptych of street sculpture.
The former Theatre Royal was one of the buildings in Barry that caught Ralph Hardie's attention.
As well as experimenting with pinhole photography, Royston Leonard captured the recent Barry War Weekend and a panoramic shot of the Docks.
Tracey Hodgson of Fairwater was another black and white photographer and captured old and new buildings around the dockside. Club Committee member and project co-ordinator Trevor Waller travelled all over Barry and Barry Island taking photographs, and went to Victoria Park in Cadoxton to capture the chemical works at dusk, one of a series of photographs he heavily manipulated.
Viv Duggan captured photographs in the town, on the waterfront and at Barry Island; whilst Tony Charles recollected fond memories of walking across to Barry Island as he photographed the Old Harbour.
The photographers and their knowledge of Barry ranged from Vivien Duggan who had never been to the town prior to the project, to Club Press Officer Tony Charles who spent most of his school years in Barry.
Cardiff Camera Club meets weekly at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Piercefield Place, off Newport Road. New members are welcome - website www.cardiffcameraclub.co.uk
To contact with the club email President@cardiffcameraclub.co.uk