Creative Light was the theme of Ilkley Camera Club’s Members’ Exhibition in 2015 from Saturday 14 February to Sunday 12 April. The Exhibition was at the Manor House Museum in Ilkley thanks to the support of Bradford Museums and Galleries.
We were honoured that the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Mike Gibbons, accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, attended on the first day to declare the Exhibition open. The Lord Mayor is himself a keen photographer and after touring the Exhibition he praised the quality and diversity of photographs on show.
Photography lets us draw with light. Using the light creatively we establish a magical mood, disclose a perfect form, capture a person’s character and enjoy an unusual texture. We highlight patterns, relish fine detail, bask in sumptuous colour or freeze a fleeting instant.
Whether creative light penetrates, reflects, or promises things unseen, its rays enliven our experience of our world and our visual imagination. Ilkley Camera Club’s Creative Light Exhibition embraced our relationship with this light and revealed our photographers’ enthusiastic responses to it.
The Exhibition featured prints and digitally projected images taken by our members. There was a limit to how many images could be displayed so we selected from those submitted to create the best display, but we showed at least one image from every member who submitted work. You can download a 12 page PDF of the Exhibition Catalogue from here.
The public were invited to vote for their favourite images in the Exhibition. The results were as shown here. There were also opportunities for the public to ask Club members about photography in general and the Club in particular.
This year we also co-operated with Bradford Museums and Galleries in a special extra display featuring objects from the museum collections that had a particular reference to the Creative Light theme. Members of the Club interpreted these objects from a creative photographer’s standpoint. The results were on show within the Exhibition.
We continued our popular series of public talks and workshops on several Saturdays during the exhibition. These highlighted particular photographic skills and gave examples of images taken using these techniques or ideas. Some sessions were pitched at relatively inexperienced photographers while others were directed at advanced digital workers. Dates and topics were here.
The Exhibition was open during the normal opening hours of the Manor House Museum and admission was free.