Last week was spent going round as many North East Open Studios as possible. One of my first visits was to FPS member Paul Woodburns' studio 'Eastlight Photography' . I think I got a privileged tour of his inner sanctum rather than be confined to the gallery space. Pauls' work is impressive and it was interesting to see where it all happened and the kit he worked with.
The other studios were as varied as I could make then. Pennan Artisans was basicaly an week long craft fair. Woodturners, jewelery makers, knitters jams and preserves as well as some artists and of course a small cafe.
But most of my visits were to photographic studios.
In the next fishing village , Crovie, life was taken a little more seriously. David Langan was displaying a portfolio of his project 'The Dark Beach' in which he had challenged himself a very tight brief of photographing Balmedie beach from the waters edge 'where the dynamic and everchanging waves and tide meld seamlessly with the land. ' He had also restricted himself to a monochrome square format. What we saw was the beaches alter ego ''in bad weather, empty, barren, raw, inhospitable, lonely, sparse and endless'
The Ellingtons, mother and son, displayed some of Jamies undergrad photography and Elaines exquisite rag rugs.
Liz Alderdice was a judge in a head to head competition between Peterhead Camera Group and FPS last year. Her studio was a riot of colour and imagination. Jill Cantlay McWilliam presented a range of mainly Scottish based images in her Slains Studio and had a 15 minute AV show of Bram Stoker and has connections with Cruden Bay. Visions Photography Club showed a graet range of their members work and were ore than pleased to explain the technicalities of the images and the histoty of the club albeit brief as it was established in 2010.
I was however impressed with the work done at the Pitscurry Project. This is a centre for adults with learning difficulties run by Aberdeenshire Council. Much of the work done is art based the rest garden based . What was impressive was the way in which the two were merged into one project. and the enthusiasm and enjoyment staff service users and volunteers display
The other activity of the week was a tour round the pelargic trawler Forever Grateful during 'Open Doors Day'
From time to time I have submitted images in the Guardian newspaper camera club monthly assignment 'Framing a Subject'. You can look at the ones for September which are based around the North East Open Studios on my Flickr page
Finally as usual a selection of images from the week
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society