The main aim of the members of the circle is to produce images of non-steam subjects that are more visually interesting than the conventional front threequarter record shot.
The Circle operates in the main through a number of circulating postal portfolios. These move from member to member; some members belong to print folios, some to transparency folios, some to both. On receiving a folio the member removes his images from the previous round and replaces them with new. Constructive comments are made about the images of other members of the folio. When completed the folio is sent on it's way to the next member. At any one time there may be five or six folios in circulation. There is an on-line members only critique folio that works similarly.
If you feel that you would like to participate in the activities of the Circle and your approach to the photography of non-steam railway subjects is in line with that of the Circle, get in touch with the circle secretary. Contact details will be found below.
Carnforth 'Brief Exposure' Exhibition 2012
This Exhibition was on show at 'The Bateman Gallery', Brief Encounter Visitor Centre, Carnforth Station, Lancs.
from 19th September 2012 until 12th January 2013. We are now attempting to find another venue at which to display it.
To go to the exhibition page click here
In 1968, when regular steam operation on Britain’s railways ceased, a great many photographers of the railway scene hung up their cameras for good. But in 1970 a group of rail enthusiasts found more modern railways a challenging photographic subject, and the Phoenix Railway Photographic Circle was born. Members have, for almost thirty five years, sought to provide a different perspective on the normally staid subject of train pictures. Elevating this somewhat obscure subject to the status of a minority art form, members’ work is circulated in postal portfolios and regularly appears in rail periodicals.
The Circle’s first exhibition has come to the end of a long run in theWest Country at Pecorama, near Seaton, before that at Scotland’s Railway Exhibition at Bo’ness, and before that at York’s National Railway Museum.
The theme of the exhibition (entitled “Catching the Phoenix”) is “The Human Element” and aims to capture the relationship between railways and its staff, customers and spectators. Locations featured are truly global, ranging from Myanmar, Poland, North America and Switzerland to The Forth Bridge.