Ken talked to us about his experience last year when he decided to walk the coastline of Britain for his two chosen charities. It may not be the hardest challenge in terms of terrain or unfamiliar territory, but it is long and committing. Since it was first done in 1978 by the now-legendary John Merrill, perhaps only a few dozen people have made a complete circuit in one walk, though many have walked and are currently walking the coast in stages.
Whilst Ken has been attracted throughout his adult life more to mountain adventures, this walk has never left his mind, all 5,600 miles (9,000 kms) of it. So in February 2017, Ken set out from his home in West Sussex to walk solo around the coast of Britain and took this opportunity to explore our own wonderful island.
This lecture presented not only a visual record of our country’s coastline but also Ken’s unique style and approach to presentation and photography. By mixing landscapes and light, people, abstract art and everyday observations, he told the story of a challenging physical and emotional journey, full of anecdotes and reminiscences.
This is not a technical talk, but will hopefully make the audience aware of the personal approach he takes, both to his photography and the subsequent printing. When viewing the finished print he is guided by an underlying question...”Have I done the image justice?”.This lecture will show a wide variety of images and Chris will discuss some of the considerations and decisions that were taken when the print was made. (The choice of print density, tonality, colour saturation, and paper surface all play an important part in the final success of a print). Generally he follows the maxim of getting the image right at the taking stage, so his aim is to produce a print that portrays the original image in thebest possible way.His belief is that when on location it is important to allow time for the creative process to take place and to let the subject speak. The interaction between himself and the scene allows him to produce a personal response and to record an image in such a way that it is visually appealing, simple and reveals something ofthe feelings and emotions that are experienced when the shutter is fired.
Chris gained an Associateship of the RPS with traditional monochrome prints and a Fellowship with digital prints, and assesses on the RPS Fine Art (A & F) Panel. Since 2005 he has supported Spirit & Vision Landscape Photographic Workshops with Paul Foley FRPS, and also provides one to one tuition.Chris is a busy national PAGB judge and popular lecturer; he has visited many camera clubs and judged many regional, national and international exhibitions. He gained a Distinction from the PAGB for colour transparencies and was pleased to receive an APAGB award for services to photography. He has also had success and gained awards in international exhibitions while earning AFIAP and EFIAP distinctions.
Colleen Slater is a fully qualified and experienced teacher with a BA degree in fine art and a postgraduate Art Teacher’s Certificate. She is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and has been working full-time as a photographer since 2006. Her particular interest is macro photography and her images hope to draw attention to the ordinary, often unnoticed, things in the everyday world which appear extraordinary and sometimes unworldly when seen through a macro lens.
Colleen’s relaxed, friendly, enthusiastic style and ability to communicate clearly, whatever your level of capability, technical knowledge or experience, should make for an enjoyable and informative session.
She will also be letting us know how she took her photographs, from equipment, camera settings, lighting and focusing to composition and post processing.
Gagan is an international documentary and street photographer who will inspire you and share tips for creating the perfect shot while telling the tale behind each image.
His work is candid and mostly black and white with the occasional colour exception. He believes every street photographer has his/her own unique style. He says: “we can draw inspiration from each others’ work but ultimately it's our own observation and view of life that shapes what we see in our viewfinder”.
Gagan is passionate about photographing people in public places. Some of his work sees everyday shoppers in his local town centre. As one of 12 ambassadors for Panasonic Europe, he has his work displayed globally and undertakes documentary projects and commercial work.