Geelong Camera Club Competition Prints

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The images in this Gallery are a selection of Barrie's work during his time at the Geelong Camera Club from 1963 to 1966. In 1965 a topic for the Club's regular monthly competition was 'Winter'. Barrie entered a stunningly simple image of leafless tree branches against a background of an overcast, dull grey sky. The image won the 'Winter' competition, the Club's print of the year award, and was highly commended as the Club's entry in the Victorian Association of Photographic Salons' annual exhibition. At the time, The Geelong Advertisor reported, "This competitor is a young enthusiastic photographer who has had a great deal of success in producing some excellent surf photographs. This print illustrates that he is versatile in the selection of subject matter. "

Membership of the Geelong Camera Club was a beneficial period for Barrie. He experienced a steep learning curve in black and white, and color transparency film based photography. Barrie immersed himself in competitive work and came under the influence of the great Geelong professional photographer, Ian Hawthorn, and Barrie's former Geelong High School art teacher, Ralph Williams.

Ian and Ralph were regular judges and critics of the competitions Barrie entered. In particular, Barrie was strongly motivated by Ian on the composition parameters of light and angles, both critical components for black and white work. Barrie learnt the darkroom processes and skills, which translated into his pioneering surf photography. The quality of his surfing images captured during the iconic 1960s demonstrates the skills he learnt at the Geelong Camera Club.

"Subject matter, composition, light, and angles are integrated into each image I create. I learned to make the image in the camera, too gather all the components to work together within the lens frame. What the viewer sees in my photographs enables them to be captivated by the image, and experience the same connection I did when I looked through the lens and pressed the shutter", Barrie Sutherland

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer, and the viewer", Ansel Adams