Quarry Theatre Exhibition – Now On

Visitors to the BCC Quarry Theatre Exhibition

The Bedford Camera Club’s Quarry Theatre Exhibition is now up and running.

The Quarry Theatre, financed by the Harpur Trust, is in St Peter’s Street, Bedford, and is both a resource for Bedford School and the Bedford community. You will find it a few yards past Pizza Express on the way out of town. It is an award winning conversion of an old building and well worth visiting. Why not also get tickets for one of their performances, usually performed by professional touring groups.

The club’s special exhibition is in their foyer and open to the public from 10am to noon Monday to Saturday plus whenever there is a public performance on.

It will be on for the rest of September and expected to carry forward to October, end date yet TBD

The exhibition has two themes: “Bedford Portraits” and “Unusual Bedford.” The Quarry Theatre chose these themes and offered space for the club to exhibit. I would like to thank all those members who stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge. I found it really interesting to plan and take my portraits as well as hunting for unusual aspects to Bedford, I feel sure the others did too. We had some great pictures. 40 have been printed and 70 more are in the video slide show.  Both can be seen in the Quarry’s lobby.

Just to recap:

  • It all started after a casual conversation with the Quarry’s Theatre Director earlier in the year.
  • We made a presentation to the club
  • We sent around many emails about the project giving all members the opportunity to take part through the summer
  • Images were submitted full size (we said PAH to the rinky-dinky little images used in our normal competitions, we wanted large, man-sized images, oops, sorry but “large, lady-sized images” just doesn’t sound right)
  • Images selected by an independent judge
  • 40 images printed by DSCL
  • Mounted by Wallace Brown
  • Print display plan by John and Cliff
  • Hung by the Quarry staff.

Darren Harbar, a professional photographer who has lectured at the club several times now, kindly volunteered to select the prints and slideshow images. Darren has been the editor of two top photographic magazines and has a lot of experience at image selection. Darren reviewed the images anonymously. He needed to choose 40 for printing that would balance the exhibition. This meant that not all the best images made it to the print section whenever he felt the subject had already been covered elsewhere – there were at least two of mine that I, of course, felt were really good but he chose not to print, grrrr – last time we ask Darren to judge 😉

Wallace Brown mounted the prints at his discounted rate.

The Quarry Theatre built the exhibition and put together the video slide show.

The Harpur Trust/Quarry Theatre provided some generous help to cover some of the printing expenses

The Quarry Theatre Director will also choose her “Directors Choice” for two free tickets to any show. Jules is not open to bribery but I would like to add she is the most amazing and brilliant director I have ever met (I haven’t actually met any other theatre directors but I hope that won’t spoil my chances)

The whole operation has been a busy time with one or two problems to solve along the way. Our team to administer the exhibition was Cliff Harvey, John Pegram and myself.  I would like to thank all those involved, from the members who generously took part, The Harpur Trust and Quarry Theatre for their support and help, Darren for his considered judgement, Wally for his mounting and quick response to rectify an installation issue, John for his guiding hand whenever we needed it and finally to Cliff who really carried the project on his shoulders, putting in countless hours and miles to arrange and photograph his images plus all the many other tasks he has done without any complaint.

Members who’s images are in the exhibition (reverse alphabetically to give those normally at the end of an alphabetical list the chance to be at the top of the list): 

Vaughan Southgate, Terry Mann, Sue Allen, Sara Reay, Rosie Kind, Paul Lewis, Lynn Short,  Linda Swain, John Gough, Jim Burnett, Ian Whiting, Colin Day, Cliff Harvey

I do hope you get in to see it and encourage others to do so too

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