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.


First Meeting 2018-19

The first meeting of the group on October 25 saw nine of us gather for some discussion and comment on our work.

Neil Scott opened the evening with a work in progress.  This was presented as two panels of semi-abstract mono prints triggered by an entry into an RPS competition.  Richard Bingham then showed us some excellent concertina-fold presentations of landscapes – an interesting way of displaying a number of images.  David Buchanan followed up with yet another way to display your work – the photobook.  He had two beautiful examples of work showing quarry sites on the island of Easdale.  Adrian Cullen has been delving into the cyanotype process and displayed samples of his recent images, made using 6 x 6 and 6 x 9 negatives and set out in different mount formats.

The evening perfectly demonstrated that there is more to photography than simply pointing your camera at something or someone and taking a record shot, or producing technical wizardry in Photoshop to win competitions or gain FIAP points, and it was interesting to see four different ways of presenting images.

The next meeting, on 29 November, will be opened by Chris Osborne with a 10-15 minute presentation.  After that it will be open house for members to bring along work in progress – or maybe even completed.

Neil Scott

Phoenix Group Secretary