22 October 2020 (International Swedish Members Evening)

We were delighted to welcome members of Mölnlycke Fotoclubb, Gothenburg to our very first international members evening. Connecting virtually by Zoom means we can meet up with other club members anywhere in the world. Our host for the evening was Jan Arell, the chair of Mölnlycke Fotoclubb.

Jan introduced us to a recent trip the club had made to Ramsvik, a small photogenic island on the west coast of Sweden about 150 km north of Gothenburg. The island has quite a stark appearance, with hard granite rocks making interesting shapes.  A blue sea, bright green algae and green lichen scattered amongst the rocks adds to the interest.  Jan showed us the pictures their members had taken during the visit. There were images of the sea, sky and rocks taken from different viewpoints. There was even a great shot of a curious polecat. The weirdly-shaped holes carved into the rocks by the sea gave an opportunity for numerous abstract compositions. The rocky textures also produced impressive black and white images, and some of the rocks were so shiny they looked almost metallic. There were a few houses on the island which featured in many of the photographs and helped to add more shapes and colours. There were also portraits showing common activities on the island, such as hiking, mountain biking and, of course, photography. The show finished with a view of the setting sun next to a wine glass.

Musselburgh camera club members returned the favour by showing Mölnlycke Fotoclubb members some of the pictures they have taken during last year’s visit to Gothenburg. We also showed them images of Seacliff Beach,  the Pentland Hills,  Rosslyn Chapel,  leaping salmon in Loch Achray,  The Kelpiesthe Magdalene Chapel in Edinburgh and Musselburgh to whet their appetite for a visit to Scotland once the travel and social restrictions are lifted. We finished the evening with a lovely chat. It was a pity we couldn’t share some tea and biscuits.

We will have another opportunity to meeting up with Mölnlycke Fotoclubb on 11th March when we have our Swedish Inter-club Competition.