Annual Exhibition 2019 Opening


_DSC8964Our annual exhibition is now open at South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre in Leyland. The exhibition was opened, as always, by the Mayor of the borough this years incumbent being Cllr John Rainsbury. The exhibition runs until Saturday 2 March 2019 and the museum is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 until 16:00; Thursdays 13:00 until 16:00; Fridays 10:00 until 16:00; and Saturdays 10:00 until 13:00.

A Brontë Reader – an exhibition by Helen Burrow

An exhibition of photographs by Lancashire Monochrome member Helen Burrow will be on display at the Photography Gallery, Dean Clough.
A decade ago two things happened. I saw John Day’s Holga photographs at a Lancashire Monochrome meeting and I went to Haworth with my husband George.
Being in Haworth Parsonage where the family lived sparked a connection with them as real people. I re-read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, discovered Villette, Emily’s poems and the Brontë letters. I also found Brontë connections closer to home, at Tunstall and Cowan Bridge.
George and I visited the cliffs at Kilkee in Ireland where Charlotte and Arthur Nicholls spent part of their honeymoon.
Holga images show me the world how I take it in – only a little in focus at once. They fit perfectly with how I feel about the moorland.
I know I could be fitted into a romantic artistic tradition, but I will leave that to other people. I just do what I enjoy.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 9 February 2019 – 14th April 2019, and is open 10:00am to 5:00pm every day. The exhibition includes a booklet of words and photographs.
All are welcome at the preview on 9th February at 12.00 on 9 February 2019 (parking free on Saturdays).
Dean Clough Galleries
01422 250 250

Ray Parkin Exhibition at Mercure Georgian House, Bolton


_DSC8930.jpgWe are pleased to announce that the latest exhibition in our gallery space at the Mercure Georgian House in Bolton is from Lancashire Monochrome member Ray Parkin.

The exhibition is titled ‘Patterns In The Sand’ and Ray’s artists statement describes it thus:

A beach serves many purposes: it is a playground, a place of rest, somewhere for a gentle stroll or strenuous run, and much else. For me, on this visit to Embleton Bay in Northumberland, it was an opportunity to reflect on the effect that the sea and its tide has on this particular environment. The tide had recently receded leaving these irregular patterns in the wet sand, arbitrarily depositing pebbles and larger stones, shells and seaweed. To all this, footprints had already been added. I found that the taking, processing and printing of these images was an enjoyable and rewarding process. These images are all on the same theme and, therefore, they do not have their own titles. They are not images of places or people, but of abstract patterns formed in the sand by the sea and therefore are more about my experience of the beach than the time and place.

Patterns In The Sand will be on display until the end of February 2019.


Dave Butcher Keynote – Sunday 28 October 2018

Keynote Speakers

Our next keynote speaker will be Dave Butcher, who will be doing a print based presentation. The morning presentation will be Snow Light and the afternoon presentation will be City Light.

Dave worked for Ilford Photo for 21 years as a photographic research scientist, technical service manager, regulatory affairs manager and project management before leaving in 2002. He continues to work in film and maintains close relations with Ilford – he is an Ilford Master Darkroom Printer and gives black and white darkroom printing masterclasses to colleges and universities on behalf of Ilford Photo.

While the event is free of charge to Lancashire Monochrome members, a £10 charge applies to visitors, payable on the day to Dave Flemming.

It’s really helpful to know if you are intending to bring someone or if you require the vegetarian option, so that we can sure to provide sufficient food and seating.

10:00 Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits)

10:30 Dave Butcher’s presentation begins

12:30 or an appropriate time – Lunch Break – hot pot or vegetarian option, followed by a fruit pie with cream, tea or coffee

13:30 or an appropriate time – Dave Butcher’s presentation continues

15:30 / 16:00 the afternoon session is expected to close



Denis Thorpe’s ‘A View from the North’ Exhibition (15 September until Saturday 20 October 2018)


Denis Thorpe new

An exhibition of photographs by former Manchester Evening News and Guardian Photographer Denis Thorpe will run from Saturday 15 September until Saturday 20 October 2018 at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.  The opening event  will be on Saturday 15 September from 2 o’clock until 4 o’clock.

Denis has previously spoken at Lancashire Monochrome and has asked us to publicise the even which we are gladly doing. A book will also be available.

Full address: Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 8AB

August 2018 Meeting – John Barton – My Way with Digital Photography 

Monday 6 August 19:30 – John Barton – My Way with Digital Photography 
At the next scheduled monthly meeting, John will be giving us a presentation on digital processing for printing, sharing his expertise and experience through the projector and with prints.  He’s happy for anyone to make their own notes/recordings.  If there’s time, members prints may be shown afterwards.

Georgian House Exhibition Gallery


Lancashire Monochrome’s new gallery space in the main bar at the Mercury Bolton Georgian House is now complete.

The group has had photographs on display in the main corridor at the hotel for several years, but following the £100,000 refurbishment of the main bar area, the hotel management offered the wall space to Lancashire Monochrome. We now have fourteen frames available for members work which will be swapped over several times a year.

Currently, work on display is a combination of annual exhibition prints and smaller portfolio’s. Work on display is from Keith Launchbury, David Hawkins, Barabara Fallas, Dave Wilkinson and Peter Maddock.

Epson Printer Problems


At the last meeting, Peter Fallas described some problems he had been having with his Epson printer, and the solution he had found. This is as follows:

I started having problems with a Stylus Photo printer on a Windows PC recently. The problem was very slow response to print commands. Print speed was OK but it was taking over a minute for the printer properties box to open from Photoshop and a similar time for any print settings changes to respond. I also noticed the ink levels were showing empty in the printer properties box, even though the Epson status monitor utility was showing them near full.

After much searching, I found the problem to be an oversize .AUD file in the program data. The file name is EPAUDF01.AUD – Deleting this file fixed the problem immediately.

To see it, you need to set folder options to view hidden files and folders.
The path is C:\ProgramData\Epson\PRINTER\EPAUDF01.AUD

To fix the problem, delete the PRINTER folder or rename it PRINTER.old
A new folder and file will be created next time you print.