Paper Bag Challenge - 2019 Edition

Paper Bag Challenge 2019 © WCC Members

Our Tuesday night meeting welcomed the annual Paper Bag Challenge. A night where members are presented with a mystery item and are asked to create an image with that item. Over the years members have become wise to the madness and bring along props that may or may not work with the mystery item. It's a great night that tests our abilities to think on the spot and make images with the presented item, props brought in, and found items and locations around us.

This year, it was all about the PEG.

I was excited to see, and surprised by, the ingenuity of our members. Their willingness to embrace the subject and work with in the confines of time and subject, as well as working in groups was joyful to watch. We got some great photos presented from our groups, and having wandered around during the evening, I know there are some really good photos that didn't make it up onto the big screen as groups were encouraged to only submit one or two images from their group.

Some groups chose to consolidate their efforts on a single idea, while others individually worked on concepts and ideas... on the night of a Paper Bag Challenge, anything goes.

One member brought in a hubcap, which lead to jovial queries as to whether we had to check our cars before we left to see if it were our own. Some members offered themselves up as the subject and found themselves in a painful embrace of pegs adorning their face... ouchy! Funny, but ouchy. We also had some using interesting items as gobos to cast shaped shadows across their scenes.

Not all our ideas come out the way we might expect, but all up a fun night was had by all.

Big thanks to Karen who organised our mystery item, it can be difficult finding a subject for our members, but I think the Peg was just right!

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Meeting: Adams vs Man

We've had to postpone Adams vs Man yet again due to lockdown and restrictions that will likely remain in place when this is due to be on.

Selby Markham will instead present "Do competitions inhibit my photographic creativity?" An exploration of/if competitions create a "competition mentality" in participants.

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Walker Close Community Centre
10th August 2021 7:45 pm
Workshop: Cameraless Photography

Our very own industrial chemist, Neil Anderson, will be leading us in a Cameraless Photography workshop.

Walker Close Community Centre
24th August 2021 7:45 pm

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