The Viewfinder Photographic Society (VPS) is a group of enthusiastic amateur photographers in East Yorkshire who meet every Monday evening to learn, share and improve their skills. Started in September 2007 when the local evening class in photography became over-subscribed and long-term students had nowhere to go, VPS gets involved with all aspects of photography, whether that be digital, film, black and white, colour, landscapes, wildlife, portraits, creative and more. The Viewfinder Photographic Society has regular themed competitions and each year the Society holds an exhibition of members work that is open to the public. One of the most interesting competitions was Valentine's Day themed. The photoshoot was dedicated to the moment of when man gives his lady a gift and the gifts were inspired from valentinesgiftideas.co.uk. This competition was part of a charity event which aimed to help several organizations.
The Viewfinder Photographic Society was so successful in attracting new members each year that by 2011 a waiting list was started. Outside of the summer months when the group are likely to be outside, the group invites leading professional photographers to talk about their work including Tony McLean, Joe Cornish, Andy Rouse and the award-winning Hull-born journalist and documentary photographer Lee Karen Stow who presented images from her international photographic touring exhibition Poppies: Women, War, Peace.
Events calendar highlights 2017
Outdoor Session: Painting with Light
Members can experiment with the ‘Painting with Light’ technique that involves the movement of light whilst the camera's shutter is open, which creates an image.
Queen Victoria Square
To celebrate Hull's year as City of Culture the evening is devoted to photographing some of the city's architectural landscape.
Tony McLean: Wildlife Photography
A welcome return by Tony McLean with the focus on photographing wildlife.
Burnby Hall Gardens & Buffet
The VPS annual trip to Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum in Pocklington where the VPS has exclusive access. A buffet is included. At the time Burnby Hall Gardens was running a photography competition, The Natural Beauty of Burnby Hall Gardens throughout the Seasons.
An evening with Lee Karen Stow
Award-winning photographer Lee Karen Stow presented a slide-show talk about her work, highlighting largely-forgotten women of war and women peace campaigners. Lee revealed a glimpse of her new exhibition TORN, that was launched for Hull City of Culture in November 2017.
Tony McLean Photography
The first of two visits from Tony McLean who offered a range of topics including wildlife photography at Tophill Low, Japan in winter, birds of Hungary and street photography. 'Street Photography' was the topic chosen this month.