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Bournheath Village Community Centre Poetry Competition

Thank you for all the great entries for the BVCC Poetry Competition. Many of the entries were positive or lighthearted and a selection is attached. Hopefully you’ll enjoy seeing the work that has been produced by residents. Winners will be notified later in the week. Thanks again for your support – look out for our next competition.

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BVCC AGM

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‘AFTERNOON LIGHT’ BY DENISE FIELD

'AFTERNOON LIGHT' BY DENISE FIELD 6
CRITIQUE BY MICHAEL MCILVANEY

I love the natural light flooding onto the hearth and creating a natural spotlight on the vase of flowers. However, as well as having to try to meet the challenge of separating the roses from the flowers on the tiles panel of the fire surround, the photographer has had to contend with controlling the exposure. So good effort!

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DAM GOOD PICTURE (ELAN VALLEY – WALES) BY DAVID FIELD

DAM GOOD PICTURE (ELAN VALLEY - WALES) BY DAVID FIELD 7
CRITIQUE BY MICHAEL MCILVANEY

I love the point of view in this composition and the energy depicted in the image. It never ceases to amaze me how a two-dimensional print can project such powerful scenes. Perhaps the sky, the bleached which clouds, compete too enthusiastically with the subject of this image: the engineering/architectural brilliance of man set against the raw power of nature.

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‘I’M STUCK’ BY DAVID JELLIE

'I'M STUCK' BY DAVID JELLIE 8
CRITIQUE BY MICHAEL MCILVANEY

The strength of this image lies in its storytelling. Poor stranded dog. Did he/she ever get off? I do hope so. Difficult lighting conditions to contend with, so well done on producing such an engaging image!

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‘CANDLES FOR THE WORLD’ BY CHRISTINE CROSS

'CANDLES FOR THE WORLD' BY CHRISTINE CROSS 9
CRITIQUE BY MICHAEL MCILVANEY

An interesting image: there is a tension in the composition created by the juxtaposition of asymmetry (the placement of the candles) and symmetry (the lines of the orb and its central placement). The range of tones is limited and the challenge of exposing lighted candles somewhat daunting. However, with overtones of peacefulness and spirituality, this is perhaps an example of an image where mood takes precedence over technical excellence.

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‘THE FACTORY WINDOW’ BY ELE REA

'THE FACTORY WINDOW' BY ELE REA 10
CRITIQUE BY MICHAEL MCILVANEY


A well-composed image with an industrial feel. There are various points of interest in the foreground with which to stir the interest of the viewer, who is bound to be curious as to what might be going on in the well-lit workshop on the other side of the glass. Well done.

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FURTHER ENTRIES IN ‘WINDOWS’

‘ROSIE & JIM’ IN LOCK KEEPER’S COTTAGE BY ANNE GALBRAITH-JELLIE

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Critique by Michael McIlvaney

Due to the subdued foreground lighting, my eye is instantly drawn through the gap in the foliage to the first-floor window, where my interest is held by the two toy figures looking back at me; a good way to lead the viewer to a particular point of interest. Well done.

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