‘Snapping’ after 120 years
was the venue on Wednesday evening 6th May for the Opening
Night and Presentation of Awards of the City of Belfast Photographic
On show to the
capacity audience was a wide variety of photographic prints
and slides including portraits, landscapes, still life and
natural history; the only limitation being the imagination
of the photographers. The exhibition was opened by Alderman
Jim White, Deputy Mayor of Castlereagh who remarked on the
high standard of the work on show.
Matchett MBE FRPS LBIPP one of our Exhibition Judges, Trish
Semple - President of the City of Belfast Photographic Society
and Alderman Jim White - Deputy Mayor of Castlereagh
exhibition was prejudged by three of Northern Ireland’s
top photographers, Stanley Matchett MBE FRPS LBIPP, Gerry
Coe FRPS FBIPP, and Charles Rutledge. Two of the judges, Stanley
Matchett and Gerry Coe, who were available on the night, praised
the quality of work produced by the beginners through to the
advanced members and commented on the excellent presentation
of the exhibition on the library’s new ‘Back Wall
With over 100 prints
on show in the recently refurbished library, the new ‘Back
Wall Gallery’ as well as the ‘Multipurpose Room’
were required to accommodate the large exhibition.
and Stanley cracking a joke!
a surprise was in store for Stanley Matchett when he was made
an Honorary Patron of the Society, this comes only months after
being made an Honorary Member of the Photographic Society.
originally a member of the society before his professional
career and always retaining his interest in the camera club
scene while professional, was totally speechless when the
presentation was delivered. He then said he was delighted
and honoured to be made an Honorary Patron of the Society.
Matchett receives his certificate of 'Patron of the City of
For those of
you who remember when “real cameras” used film
and digital cameras hadn’t even been invented, a display
of vintage cameras is also on show which will bring back a
piece of nostalgia of times in the not to distant past.
The City of Belfast
Photographic Society has been running for 120 years, until
recently as the City of Belfast YMCA Photographic Society
and is the oldest Photographic Society in Northern Ireland.
The exhibition comes at the end of the season for the society
and shortly the committee will be planning their new season
of events starting in September. Full details will be on their
will be on show throughout May at Dundonald Library during
by Lawson Piggott
Print in Exhibition 2009 and First Place
in Advanced Section - Portraiture
and Best Portrait in Exhibition
for further photos taken during the Exhibition Night