Development Group – April 14

Article and photos by Mal Holmes

The SLPS ‘Developers Group’ for April welcomed Ted Baker FRPS to give a ‘critique’ of members’ images, both Printed & DPI’s. It was really good to discuss with a ‘seasoned judge’ aspects of the final image produced by members, so to progress and enhance their knowledge in order to produce a more pleasing image for personal and competition entries.

Ted,  a Liverpool based photographer and past President of the SLPS, bought his first camera at the tender age of 17, and has been photographing ‘Liverpool Life’ longer than he cares to recall…. but he ‘HIT’ the streets and alleys of Liverpool and Toxteth in the early 60’s capturing the ‘street art’ of the city with characters long forgotten, but expertly preserved in his images.

The afternoon got underway with some great DPI’s offered by our members with Ted readily giving his opinion, and opening the discussion to the floor for other members to comment.  Of course this was a really useful exercise, as judges don’t often call for comments from the floor and this proved very popular.

After the first hour, Ted went on to critique a small selection of printed images, (2 from each member) Ted’s comments were very constructive and a lot of us went away far wiser than we were at the start.

It was good to see new members at the group meeting, hoping to further their own skill levels by joining the SLPS as full members, and their participation and comments were greatly appreciated.

On a personal note…. the printed B&W image of an Arabic Gentleman was a super image and Ted commented on it very favourably … and as for Ann Creswells Camel and Pole (or is it a man???) photo… Ted stated “Without a SHADOW of a doubt” a clear winner…lol

Once again a big thank you to Joan Palin, for her organisational skills and Ann Cresswell for her baking perfection.

Another superb ‘Developers Group’ meeting and one which will no doubt be repeated in future group itineraries. Many thanks to Ted Baker FRPS for giving up his time for this event. Should you ever wish to chat with him you’ll find him sitting in the front row, left aisle, on club nights.

A small selection of Ted’s superb ‘Street Art’ can be found on the BBC Liverpool Local History website below…