STAWELL - Members of Stawell Camera Club at their meeting next Wednesday, will pay tribute to their late member Robert (Bob) Bekker.
This will be via an exhibition of a selection of Bob's prints, slides and digital images.
Bob was a photographer who blurred the boundary between photographer and artist. His keen eye, trained in his younger days by his career in the graphic arts, would instinctively note a pattern or composition that when framed within the rectangle of a piece of film would either draw the viewer in or by his breaking one of the 'rules' of composition set up a tension in the image that required the viewer to look again.
Bob's black and white images were masterful with a rich range of tones and his colour photography was enriched by his deep instinctive understanding of colour that gave him the ability to bounce one colour off another to give a saturation in colours that preceded today's computer enhancements.
Bob's taste in subjects was quite catholic. He perhaps won his greatest accolades in international competition with his nature photography, in particular with his bird photography. To achieve results he would spend hours crouched in a hide waiting for the decisive moment to press the shutter.
In contrast to his nature photography, Bob was a closet petrol head. Visits to Winton and such tracks allowed him to photograph cars at speed, but it was vintage and veteran cars that really inspired Bob. Their flowing lines and gleaming chrome would awaken the graphic artist in him and anyone with Bob at a motor event could feel the excitement as he mixed shapes and colours into memorable compositions.
One of Bob's other passions was 'table top' photography and he would collect objects with an eye to using them in some later composition. Perhaps his best remembered table top images are of Gerberas, their strong colours and simplicity appealed to his sensitivities and he would produce masterful combinations of colour and form.
Bob's portraiture was made memorable by his quick grasp of what angle or pose would best suit the person he was photographing. His ability then to pose his subject to achieve this foreseen result was often commented on by his fellow photographers.
In all Bob was a master of his craft and members of the public are invited to attend the next meeting of Stawell Camera Club at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 11 at the Lutheran Sunday School Hall in Scallan Street and share in this retrospective of Bob's work.