Set Subject: “Song Titles” 2nd February 2022

This week Keswick Photographic Society held its third set subject competition. The theme for this was song titles which seemed a popular choice as there was an excellent entry with twenty members participating. The songs were chosen from a wide range of genres and artists. Songs from pop stars such as The Beatles, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie were well represented. Others included children’s songs such as Nellie the Elephant and The Ugly Duckling. There were also songs from shows and films such as The Bare Necessities, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines and Any Old Iron.  Members had obviously enjoyed using their imagination and hadn’t been shy about revealing their musical tastes.

The images were judged by one of our members, Sue Rugg, who had gone to great lengths to record each song so that she could introduce the images by playing short excerpts. She’d obviously enjoyed her task, particularly the humour displayed by some members in their choices and she felt that most of the images represented the songs well. She also wondered how some members had spent their youth given their choice of song titles and images.

There was the usual mix of landscapes, people pictures, creative images and nature. Sue’s overall choice of winner was an image of a Gannet skimming the sea by Simon Roberts. The song title for this was “Electric Glide in Blue” by James William Guercio.


Best landscape went to David Woodthorpe for a woodland scene titled “Moss Garden”, a song by David Bowie.


Best People was awarded to Ted Jordan for his image of two women titled “Sisters” written by Irving Berlin and sung by The Beverly Sisters.


Sue chose “Helpless” an image of a young Grey Wagtail by Tony Marsh as the best nature image


and “Purple Haze” by Bob Given as the best creative image.


It was a fun evening, enjoyed by everyone and excellently judged by Sue who gave many helpful tips on how the images could be improved.

All the entered images can be seen on our gallery page

Julie Walker