Happy New Year everyone!
What’s on at the Club tonight
Tonight Margaret (our Archivist) will be presenting Lantern Slides and prints from the Club archives.
Next week (12 January) Mike Meynell will be giving us an introduction to Astrophotography. There will be a follow-up outing on the evening of 3 March to Cudham. Watch this space for more details.
Next Camera Club Outing – Saturday 14 January 2017
Visit to the London Wetlands Centre – meet in the café at 10:00am.
What’s on this weekend and soon
Twelfth Night Celebrations and Mummers Plays – Sunday 8 January starts at 1:45 pm
Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held in the Bankside area of London. It is a celebration of the New Year, mixing ancient seasonal customs with contemporary festivity. It is free, accessible to all and happens whatever the weather.
The Holly Man from the Thames
To herald the celebration, the extraordinary Holly Man (the Winter guise of the Green Man from pagan myths and folklore) decked in fantastic green garb and evergreen foliage, appears from the River Thames brought by the Thames Cutter, Trinity Tide (boat subject to weather!) rowed by hardy volunteers.
The Bankside Wassails
With the crowd, led by the Bankside Mummers, the Holly Man ‘brings in the green’ and ‘wassails’ or toasts the people, the River Thames and the Globe – an old tradition encouraging good growth.
The Mummers Play
The Mummers then process to the Bankside Jetty, and perform the traditional ‘freestyle’ Folk Combat Play of St. George, dressed in their spectacular and colourful ‘guizes’. The play is full of wild verse and boisterous action, a time-honoured part of the season recorded from the Crusades.
King Bean and Queen Pea
At the end of the play, cakes are distributed – a bean and a pea hidden in two of them. Those who find them are hailed King and Queen for the day and crowned with ceremony. They then lead the people in procession through the streets to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street for a fine warming up with Storytelling, the Kissing Wishing Tree and more Dancing.
Bowie by Duffy
Proud Chelsea, 161 Kings Road, SW3 from tomorrow to 5 February. Free
Bowie portraits by Brian Duffy. Covering 1972-80 it spans Bowie’s Aladdin Sane era and includes lots of Bowie’s glam looks, candids, and the contact sheet for the Aladdin Sane cover.
Horniman’s Museum, Forest Hill on now and until 8 January
Admire photographs of the colourful and captivating wildlife of Brazil at this photography exhibition that makes up one part of the Horniman’s Festival of Brasil. The animals on display include jaguars, macaws and porcupines. Free.
European Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Horniman’s Museum and Gardens on now and until 15 January. Free
This exhibition features all the winning photographs in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 competition. The 84 exceptional images showcase the beauty and diversity of the natural world, capturing unique moments such as a new-born seal’s first glimpse of the world and an ant’s time landscape magnified into a colourful ‘fairyland’ and don’t forget to vote for your favourite picture when you visit the exhibition.
1920s JAZZ AGE Fashion and Photographs
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XF on now and until 15 January – Cost £9.90
This exhibition presents a glittering display of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion from 1919 to 1929. Women’s clothing in the 1920s reflected dizzying social change on an unprecedented scale. From Paris and London to New York and Hollywood, the decade following the Great War offered the modern woman a completely new style of dressing. With over 150 garments, this stunning selection of sportswear, printed day dresses, fringed flapper dresses, beaded evening wear, velvet capes, and silk pyjamas reveals the glamour, excess, frivolity and modernity of the decade. Colourful illustrations by Gordon Conway from the Illustrated London News Archive at Mary Evans and photographs by Abbe, Beaton, Man Ray, and Baron de Meyer highlight the role of photographs and magazines in promoting the 1920s look.
Selsdon Camera Club have invited us to hear a talk by Matt Binstead. Friday 13 January 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start at Methodist Halls, 102 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead CR2 9EE (Opposite Majestic Wine). Free parking in the car park in front of the halls. Entrance is £5 on the door (including refreshments).
Matt is Head Keeper at the British Wildlife Centre and he will be showing some of his brilliant images of wildlife taken at the Centre and also giving us tips and advice on how we can achieve great wildlife images.
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