f4 Photographic Group history
The f4 Photographic Group started meeting as part of a local photography A-level evening class in 1984, but moved on to hold our own meetings in 1992, when the various photographic exams had been achieved. We originally met in Beverley, East Yorkshire, at the Rose & Crown. Our new home from January 2019 is the Blue Bell Restaurant, West Green, Cottingham, HU16 4BH.
We quickly became known as a highly competitive slide group, within both the PAGB Yorkshire Photographic Union; and inter-Club competitions with local Hull and East Riding clubs. However, by 2010 the club competitions went completely digital.
Present day f4 Photographic Group
We meet every week of the year, on each Thursday evening at 7.45pm at the Blue Bell Restaurant, West Green, Cottingham, HU16 4BH.. However, we also meet up with other local clubs and, during the summer months our meetings move outdoors, for photography at suitable local venues – until light fades and thirst sharpens.
Club members are also encouraged and helped to achieve photographic distinctions, with several members holding awards from the RPS, FIAP, PSA and the PAGB.
The club adopts a strong social style, with outings for meals as well as for photography. These outings can extend from days or weekends to the Dales or Lake District as well as to photography lectures. There is also a popular annual expedition which can be up to four nights away to venues such as Mull, Western Isles, Northern France, Paris, Farne Islands, Lakes, Dales, Dorset and Ireland.