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 February 2019

We had a varied and very productive meeting on February 28.

George Neilson opened the evening with some images taken on his recent trip to Japan.  He was very impressed with the country, and in particular the Hiroshima Memorial Park which retains one of the few buildings to remain partially intact after the bomb.

Muriel Binnie then showed some new material in her very imaginative style of intentional camera movement and multiple exposures.  She showed images in various stages of completion, and as usual with super results.

Sandi McOrist presented some images which, personally, I thought seemed to be influenced by Cartier-Bresson – tree shadows with just a solitary figure in the “right” place.  The fact that they were monochrome added the HCB touch.

Another of the Phoenix Group’s innovators, Chris Osborne, then put up a beautiful panel of Polaroid transfers.  The images were taken in some of the so-called Magnificent Seven cemeteries -an informal term applied to seven large private cemeteries in London. Chris has shown us images from these burial grounds before, but this was something quite different, and the mono images were stunning.

Michael Barron followed up with a set of excellent canoeing shots.  This was a very varied collection of images, showing many aspects of the sport – emotions as well as action – and all well presented.

Finally Caterina Mogno showed a single mono print that she had entered in a recent EPS competition.  In spite of the fact that it was a single image it caused much discussion mainly concerned with its composition.  It was a good print and we hope to see Caterina back next month – March 28th.

At the moment I don’t have anyone in mind to lead off the evening – so I might just do it myself – you have been warned!

Neil Scott

Phoenix Group Secretary