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 – and its raison d’être is to act as a forum for people to talk about their photography.  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!  But 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.  If there is room for improvement in your work, you will be told, although in a gentle manner.  We are not a beginners’ group – we do not give basic instruction in technique or equipment.  We are more interested in content than cameras, photos rather than Photoshop. Having said that, we do welcome members of all abilities who feel they can take advantage of our approach.

So if you think you can benefit, come along and join us.


Meeting on 30 November 2017

We had an excellent meeting last night with over a dozen people attending, many with images for discussion. Sandi McOrist got us going with a magnificent collection of images from her recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, and we had another half dozen presentations, including two fascinating ones from Muriel Binnie and Chris Osborne. Muriel showed us some beautiful landscape images created with a combination of in camera movement and multiple exposures: Chris presented a collection of images created from polaroid and varous polaroid transfer techniques. Both of them showed that photography is not just a case of pointing a camera at something and tripping the shutter!
It was encouraging to see a number of new members, keen to show us their wares, and I trust that they found the experience rewarding.
The next meeting is early!
Because of the festive season, we will meet on 14 December.
Neil Scott
Phoenix Group Secretary