January – April 2023

We will continue to run most lectures via Zoom. This is the same format as we have successfully ran for the past couple of seasons. Members receive an email invitation to each meeting which contains the necessary joining information together with a link to the Zoom meeting.

Competition evenings will take place at the United Reformed Church, Vicars Cross.

You do not have to be a member to attend our events. If you are not a member you are welcome to sign up to any Zoom talk via Eventbrite. As a guest we ask you to make a small contribution of £3 towards our costs. If you want to attend a competition, come along and pay £3 in cash on the door.

Overview of the Programme

Tuesday 3 January

Roger Geldard – Japan’s Winter Wildlife

Roger Geldard talks about Japan’s Winter Wildlife, his experiences whilst he was there and the techniques and equipment that he used. The images and three short video presentations he shows are mainly of the wildlife with a few landscapes.

Tonight is the closing date for submission of digital images for the Monochrome competition

TUESDAY 10 JANUARY

Jim Holmes – Landlocked Laos

jimholmes.co.uk

Jim is a British/Australian freelance documentary photographer now living in Chester, in the UK. He has spent 30 years specialising in documenting humanitarian work worldwide, and especially the issues, needs, solutions and outcomes of the development process. His focus is the individuals and communities that are affected by these needs and the challenges they face before and within this process.

Jim says about this talk: “Wedged between China, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia the secluded state of Laos is one of the most peaceful on earth. This Buddhist yet socialist governed country is home to only 7 million people and the same size as the UK. Bordered on one side by the mighty Mekong River, clothed in tropical forest and home to over 49 ethnic minority groups, I called this place home for 15 years. My presentation delves into its people, food, landscapes and religion of this enigmatic place through my professional photography and my personal experiences. Travel with me to my favourite place on earth!”

Tuesday 17 January

Competition – Monochrome

With two classes, Prints and Digitally Projected Images (DPI), the competition will take place at the United Reformed Church, Vicars Cross. Guests £3 – Pay on the door.

Tonight is the closing date for submission of print images for the Abstract competition

Tuesday 24 January

Thomas Peck – What is a Portrait?

https://www.thomaspeckphotography.com/

Tom is a regular contributor to magazines such as onlandscape.com and Black & White Photography where he writes about the aesthetics of photography. He is also a workshop leader for questphoto.co.uk, focusing mostly on landscape and cityscape photography. He judges for the EAF, and is the PDI Secretary for his local camera club, Loughton CC.

Tonight is the closing date for submission of digital images for the Abstract competition

Tuesday 31 January

Jane Lines – Cuba

When Jane is not working she likes to be out and about with her camera. She likes a large range of subjects including People, Places and Nature to name but a few. She took up photography at the end of 2009, after following her husband, Adrian around while he took photos. A member of Chorley Photographic Society, photography has given her tremendous fun and personal satisfaction.

In this short time she has gained her LRPS, CPAGB, DPAGB and MPAGB and BPE5*. She is a Judge and Lecturer for the Lancashire and Cheshire Federation and the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain).

Tuesday 7 February

Competition – Abstract

With two classes, Prints and Digitally Projected Images (DPI), the competition will take place at the United Reformed Church, Vicars Cross. Guests £3 – Pay on the door.

Tonight is the closing date for submission of print images for the People competition

Tuesday 14 Febuary

Polina Plotnikova – Starting from a Blank Canvas

https://www.polinaplotnikova.com

They say that a photographer is either a picture taker, or a picture maker…
… and I am firmly in the picture makers’ club. While fully appreciating the “what you see is what you get” approach, I am much more interested in chasing an ever-elusive image that appears in my mind’s eye, an image that conveys my feelings and emotions, rather than remains a mere statement of fact. Flowers and still life are my favourite photography subjects. Still life in particular is perfect for a perfectionist like me – no one fidgets or makes faces, no sudden gust of wind or some other quirk of ever-changing weather can spoil your shot. The approach to flower photography that I take is somewhat similar to that of a portrait photographer – for every flower and plant that I photograph, I always try to find its unique look, study its mood and character, and ultimately unlock the hidden beauty of my models.”

Tonight is the closing date for submission of digital images for the People competition

Tuesday 21 Febuary

Keith Fitzpatrick – Antarctica and the Southern Ocean Islands

This meeting will be in-person at the United Reformed Church, Vicars Cross. Guests £3 – Pay on the door.

Keith is a long-standing and well known member of the society. The first half of the talk will look at the practicalities, i.e. the “Where”, “What” and “How” of the trip (made just before the first lockdown) and the second half will focus on the wildlife of the area.

Tuesday 28 February

Competition – People

With two classes, Prints and Digitally Projected Images (DPI), the competition will take place at the United Reformed Church, Vicars Cross. Guests £3 – Pay on the door.

Tonight is the closing date for submission of print images for the President’s Theme competition

Tuesday 7 March

Tracey Lund – Wildlife Photography Part2 – Alaska, India, Yellowstone etc.

www.traceylundphotography.co.uk

Tracey is back with a follow-up to the talk she gave last season.

Tracey is a Hull-based photographer who specialises in wildlife, working as a telecoms engineer by day. Her love of wildlife photography began on an Africa trip in 2004 and has since taken her around the world. She loves the experience of watching and photographing wildlife, and considers it a privilege to be able to do so. She says she as not yet been everywhere, but it is on her list to do so!

Tonight is the closing date for submission of digital images for the President’s Theme competition

Tuesday 14 March

Adrian McGarry ARPS – Creative iPhone Photography

https://adrianmcgarry.com/

Adrian is a former imaging-industry professional who moved to North Wales in 2017, stepping away from professional work to concentrate on his own personal creative photography. Shooting almost exclusively with an iPhone these days after years of using a full-size Canon system, he has embraced the convenience, flexibility and processing power of the modern mobile phone. This talk will illustrate techniques such as multiple exposure and intentional camera movement and show just what can be achieved with a creative vision, and the camera that we all carry everywhere.

Tuesday 21 March

Competition – President’s Theme

With two classes, Prints and Digitally Projected Images (DPI), the competition will take place at the United Reformed Church, Vicars Cross. Guests £3 – Pay on the door.

Tuesday 28 March

John Tilsley – Landscape and People

https://johntilsley.photos/

John has been fascinated by photography since taking charge of the family Box Brownie at the age of 12. Over the years he has been fortunate to travel to many interesting places – recently these have tended to be on the cold side! Wherever he goes, landscapes and people feature strongly in my photographs.

Tuesday 5 April

To be confirmed

Tuesday 12 April

President’s evening

A talk by our current president, Graham Jones.

Tuesday 19 April

Annual Dinner

More information will follow.

Tuesday 26 April

Annual General Meeting