Marie Minchington DPAGB
It was with deep sadness and regret that Launceston Camera Club learned of the death of Marie Minchington a few weeks ago in February.
A longstanding and active member of the club, she involved herself in every aspect of its activities. Even as her health deteriorated, she remained committed to the club. She served on the committee numerous times and held office as Chairwoman more than once. Always willing to help and organise when the occasion demanded, including the annual Cornwall Photographic Alliance Photographic Competitions and Exhibitions and only last summer she had organised a club Exhibition at Cowslip, which is situated on a farm in beautiful countryside near Launceston, Cornwall.
Her images were entered into many WCPF, PAGB and CPA club and individual competitions and Exhibitions. She gained her DPAGB and was always generous with her knowledge advising and helping where she could. She was on the committee of the Cornwall Photographic Alliance and was a popular and well respected WCPF judge and speaker travelling throughout Cornwall, Devon and beyond. As a WCPF judge, she was popular, and her decisions were succinct, albeit with a bit of a preference towards monochrome work! Maybe, this was due to her start in photography, in the days of film and the darkroom, where that abiding love of monochrome, with infrared being her especial interest.!
To put it in her own words she was a “a prolific photographer of anything and everything that
was of interest.” She embraced the advent of digital, exploring all its possibilities and showed many the way by using various techniques and programmes to produce creative and inspiring images. She held several successful Exhibitions including one at the Sterts Art Centre, Liskeard, with photos taken on several trips she made to India.
Marie’s passing will leave a large hole not just in Launceston Camera Club, but also in the wider photographic community. Cornwall has lost a great photographer, and a lovely lady.
She will be sorely missed and remembered by all who knew her with great affection.
Rest in Peace, Marie.
Grateful thanks to members of Launceston Camera Club for helping me to write this Tribute.
Ann Owens - Publicity WCPF