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Whos Who 2013
Who’s Who 2013
A small Bio on our visitors in the coming year:
Christine Widdall EFIAP MPAGB
Christine was brought up taking pictures and processing them in a darkroom from a very early age. The excitement of taking and making images has never diminished and photography is now a major part of her life as an exhibitor and judge to international level and a Past President of L&CPU
She is a member Oldham P.S. one of the oldest photographic societies in the world.. Christine has now “gone digital” and uses a digital SLR. In 2012 she achieved MPAGB with colour prints.
Christine’s aim is very simple to try to capture places, people and moments in time and make them as interesting as possible. She tries to go beyond objective recording of fact and provide a
personal interpretation of her subjects.
John Webster ARPS
John is an excellent and passionate landscape and nature photographer who has a very individual way of presenting his images to an audience. With carefully chosen words and music John has created his own style of AV which is absorbing and relaxing. He has been an enthusiastic photographer for 20 years achieving his ARPS in 1995 and going on to be the first in the north east to be awarded MPAGB.
Mark Mumford FRPS
Mark comes from South Wales and is a retired Graphic Designer and Photographer. His absorbing interest is in surreal art and the manipulation of his own digital images to create surreal work. He is a master of technique and has the imagination to produce work which in November 2011 gained him an FRPS with a set of stunning surreal prints.
Ken began his photography when he lived in the Midlands and was a member of Stapleford C.C.
He became passionate about Landscape photography and took up walking, climbing and mountaineering in search of landscape pictures. His dream was to live on the Isle of Skye. In 1997 he bought a derelict property on the island, renovated it and moved to live there opening a gallery selling his Fine Art prints.
Ken works in all kinds of weather conditions in fact he says, “It is the weather that creates his pictures.” He is an outstanding and prolific landscape photographer who rarely leaves Skye.
Sandy Cleland FRPS
Sandy comes from Edinburgh and is a frequent and very welcome visitor to the Region. For several years he was Chairman of the L panel. His personal photography is very varied but at one time he specialised in nature and served on that panel at A and F level. He is now a member of the Distinctions Advisory Board which is the ultimate echelon..
Rikki O’Neill FRPS
Rikki is from Dundee, an artist by profession and another popular and frequent visitor to the region. He also has been a member of the L Panel. He has spent several years on the A and F Visual Art panel and is now the Chairman of that panel
Leo Palmer FRPS
Leo is our local expert and lives in the Region. After several years on the L panel he is now Senior Chairman. After several years on the A and F Travel Panel he is now serving as the Chairman.
Karen Berry ARPS
Karen comes from Edinburgh. She is an experienced and valued member of the L panel. Her own photography is varied and wide ranging.
Manolis Metzakis EFIAP/p ESFIAP
Manolis lives in Iraklion Crete. In 1989 he became interested in photography and joined the Hellenic Photographic Society of Crete soon becoming involved in the organisation and President in 2000. He was a founder member of the recently formed United Photographers International [UPI] and has been President since 2009. For many years he has supported international salons and in April 2012 he achieved EFIAP platinum the highest award and is now climbing the PSA ladder. Manolis has had several personal exhibitions in Greece [Iraklion, Athens, Rhodes, Santorini, Neapoli and abroad in Belgium and Ukraine.
A graduate in mathematics he has taught Fine Art Photography since 1990 to Higher Education level.
Duncan McEwan the Scottish landscape wizard will again lead a small group of photographers to photograph the landscape around Aberfeldy. He has been photographing the country of his birth continuously for more than 40 years and is constantly motivated to find new locations or new angles on familiar ones. Not all Duncan’s images are sweeping landscapes he is also adept at the “small landscape” composed with the macro lens.
Dave started photography in 1992 as a monochrome darkroom worker centred round the studio at Smethwick P.S. He describes this as his apprentice years when he entered many competitions from club to international level with a great deal of success. In 1999 he became President of Smethwick and a driving force in the buying and refurbishment of the “Old School House” Smethwick’s superb club rooms. The main lecture room bears his name. From 2002 Dave’s photography changed direction. He now does colour as well as monochrome and has an interest in other processes. In 2008 Dave was elected a member of the London Salon and became Chairman in 2010. Dave is a prolific worker who travel widely in search of his pictures.
Susan Brown FRPS
Susan began her photography as a member of Bristol P.S during which time she gained LRPS and ARPS.
After a move to Milton Keynes and working essentially alone she gained FRPS. Susan now lives in Devon and enjoys the light and coastal regions what ever the weather. She has made what she describes as the difficult transition from darkroom to digital and now enjoys this genre. Susan founded a very successful company “MK Arts for Health” and as a result she has had several successful exhibitions. The latest exhibition “Spirit of the Sea” was hung at the Kingsbridge Harbour House Gallery and then moved to Falmouth Great Atlantic Gallery. In 2011 one of her images was shortlisted for Landscape Photographer of the Year and two images were printed in the 2011 book. In 2012 Susan was elected to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and was invited to become a member of the Arena Group of Photographers.
Peter Rees FRPS EFIAP/p MPAGB has been interested in photography since childhood. His photographic “roots” are in the darkroom but today his photography is 100% digital. He still works in both monochrome and colour with a broad base of subject matter which include landscape [especially Scottish landscape] portrait and figure studies, environmental and documentary. Peter regards photography as an art form which allows him personal interpretation and expression. The captured image is important but only the first stage of an exciting creative journey. Peter’s Fellowship of the RPS was achieved in Photographic Printing. He has exhibited widely
and successfully for many years. A PAGB listed judge Peter is also much sort after as a lecturer in the UK.