Phoenix Group


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The Phoenix Group provides an informal forum for constructive criticism and analysis of members’ work through mutual discussion.
It is open to all members of the Society who wish to take their photography to a higher level.
Group Secretary Neil Scott FRPS EFIAP/s



The Phoenix Group is an informal discussion group – no subscription, no committee – and its raison d’être is to act as a forum for people to talk about their photography in a relaxed atmosphere.  The general idea is to bring along a few images (prints and/or PDIs, and maybe up to a dozen) and put them up for discussion.  These may be images from a personal project that you are undertaking, from an idea that you are pursuing; they may be the germ of an idea for aiming for a distinction. You may be thinking of entering exhibitions or salons.  You might just want to get an opinion of some of your favourite photographs!  However we are no longer able to discuss or comment on images that are in the final – panel- stage for RPS distinctions.  You must attend one of the RPS Advisory Days or forums to get advice from appointed RPS advisors and adjudicators.

You will get honest opinions at the Phoenix Group, and everyone can join in our discussions.  We welcome members of all abilities from beginners to experienced – we are more interested in content than cameras, photos rather than Photoshop.

So if you think you can benefit from our approach, please come along and join us.


 Meeting 28 March 2019

We had another excellent night on our penultimate meeting of the season.
Due to ongoing redecoration work in the Main Hall we met in the somewhat cramped digital room.  Thanks to Bob Redpath for setting up a projector, laptop and print display boards (courtesy of the RPS DIG Group).
Neil Scott opened the proceedings with a set of mono prints of beggars, mainly in the Royal Mile but a couple in Princes Street.  We had a bit of discussion on the rights and wrongs, or morality of photographing these people, but also the possibility that there appears to be a well-organised set up for Edinburgh’s mendicant community.
Adrian Cullen followed with a set of darkroom prints, using different papers and techniques.  There was quite a discussion about which of his images we preferred, but all were of excellent quality.
Chris Osborne, as ever, brought another of his fascinating sets of Polaroid prints, this time double exposures, using a device which copies images from a digital phone.  He combined statuary from various graveyards combined with flower images and produced some really remarkable images.
David Buchanan then produced a set of prints taken in Sutherland, showing traces of communities who lived there before the infamous Highland Clearances.  Other areas were competely devoid of any human involvement.
New member, Caterina Mogno, then showed us a set of PDIs of a project she is undertaking – people in the urban landscape, with particular attention to geometric shapes and lines in urban architecture.  She had some very interesting images somewhat reminiscent of Cartier-Bresson.
Finally Brian Flemming showed us a set of images from the Rivington Terraced Gardens in Lancashire treated by an unusual mixture of mono with traces of colour.  The gardens are the legacy of soap baron Lord Leverhulme who created a terraced garden of Japanese lakes, pagodas, archways, and Romanesque bridges. By 1925 it was all abandoned and today is being reclaimed by nature.
The final meeting of the group will be Thursday April 25.  Its has been a very interesting year at the Phoenix Group, with the emphasis very much on alternative techniques, alternative ideas, and we have seen some very refreshing applications of photography.  I hope this continues, and all members who have original ideas are welcome, nay encouraged, to join us.
Neil Scott
Phoenix Group Co-ordinator