Photographic Society

Published on August 15th, 2019 | by Content Admin


Photographic Society: August 2019 Report

Click here to see the complete photograph – Lost Summer Days by Diana Saville

At our August Club Night, we welcomed back Viveca Koh FRPS, whose presentation was entitled ‘A Photographer’s Perspective: My Life Through A Lens’.

A self taught fine art photographer, Viveca started taking photographs at the age of 7. Combining this with her love of drawing and painting led to the style which she continues to explore today. She bought her first iPhone in April 2012 and from then on developed a passion for iPhoneography, preferring even to use her iPhone over her Nikon – Viveca went on to achieve her RPS Fellowship (FRPS) in 2014.

Viveca is particularly skilled in using texture layers and overlays and experimenting with digital double exposure, giving her images an added visual and sometimes haunting dimension. This was perfectly illustrated with photos of an abandoned asylum and with a set of postcards overlain with textures (peeling paint, raindrops) and images (a sunset, angels). She likes to set herself little projects using the Hipstamatic app on her iPhone. For instance, capturing the impressionist-like views through a bus window on a rainy day; the cherubs and angels at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol; Dartmoor Tor; shop mannequins; window reflections.

We were shown many fascinating images – Venice in monochrome, where Viveca explored shape and pattern, horizontals and verticals, tonally perfect textures. She is fond of capturing people in different poses as they make interesting shapes. Viveca prefers to shoot in square format, and finds that black and white dispenses with the distractions of colour. Her black and white images are processed in Photoshop Silver Efex, but she shoots in colour before the conversion.

A warm round of applause showed Viveca our appreciation for a memorable and vivid presentation, with much to take home with us.

The monthly photographic topic was ‘Abandoned’ – many interesting images were shown and constructive comments were made by the audience.

The September presentation will be given by Rod Bird, entitled ‘Image Organisation’ at 7.30pm in the Apricot Room, Cartwright Hotel, Aynho OX17 3BE – everyone is most welcome to attend!

Wendy Meagher


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