22nd. June 2020 – Ian Bateman – An AV evening of “Something Old Something New”

We have now held something like eight Zoom webinars and feel that, as a flexible, inclusive and welcoming club we have gained valuable experience both as hosts and demonstrators of photographic techniques, including routine, high tech and innovative.
One rapidly growing style is that of Audio Visual (AV) and early versions of these captive holiday snaps were often the core of tedious neighbourly evenings where hours of boring photographs were thrust upon unsuspecting victims, often leading to hasty exits after the first hour. It didn’t have to be like that and tonight we welcomed Ian Bateman (FRPS, MPAGB, AV-AFIAP, APAGB) who has demonstrated a rare and very successful ability to compile AVs of great variety.
Our meeting tonight took us on a journey that told us much about Ian’s life, meeting his wife in Tossa on the Costa Brava, which has become a favourite holiday destination for his friends and family since the seventies through to his latest – and most successful AV called Gallery.
It is so remarkable that our children’s travels, through work and education, take us to some far-flung corners of the world and tonight we were able to visit Portland, Oregon, where Ian was meeting up with one of his daughters. A little local investigation took them on a testing “walk in the woods”, in pouring rain to Mount Hood and Mirror Lake along a straight path, that turned out to be a stream, causing the party to be challenged to an almost vertically inclined zig zag path. We were all able to share the experience with a wealth of images on the way.
A challenge of a different kind found Ian using an 8mm wide angle lens to record the astonishing details of Gloucester, Wells, and a number of other Cathedrals to see their cloisters, tombs, praying hands, Jesus on the cross, stone steps worn down by the faithful, stained glass and associated light aspects only available for brief periods of time all displayed on wide screen – so unusual.
How remarkable was our investigation into the standard railway gauge of 4 feet 81/2 half inches. A subtle piece of historical revue convinced us that the diameter of the Space Shuttle had been derived from a pair of horses drawing chariots in Roman times – we loved it!
Where could we possibly go next? The board game of Monopoly, of course, it is now available in many incarnations and we travelled the board, with photographs of Oxford, where only the original site remains though many places, both well known like The Ashmolean Museum, to lesser known places like Oxford station appear on the board. Free parking is of course, in Oxford, entirely a myth of a bygone age. We saw all of this in a superbly researched AV.
Ian’s travels also took him to our neighbours in France to an AV called the Tree of Life – an old Elm tree, in Lazac, which represents all of life in that area – amazing.
In all we saw 10 AVs on Monday night and, without doubt they would have stood alone as a product of understanding and careful research and any one of us would have been proud to have been the author – an inspirational evening in many ways – Many thanks Ian

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