Committee Members

Paul Gilmour LRPS

Regional Organiser and Webmaster

 

 

Email: southern@rps.com           Mobile: 07899042372

My passion for landscape photography started when I was about 13 years old whilst living in Queensland, Australia. I was a keen bird watcher and would often borrow my mum's old Kodak rangefinder to take photos of the bird habitat, flowers and learn various techniques. Although I would have to duck and run away from those many swooping plovers and Australian magpies!

I moved to England in 1995 and developed an interest in landscape photography and widened my skills further whilst exploring the beautiful British Isles. I also enjoy macro, abstracts and fine art.  I've used both 35mm and 6x7cm medium format film and 35mm format digital cameras. Many of my current images are of the south of England, in particular the South Downs National Park. In 2003 I proudly gained my Licentiateship distinction by portfolio and am currently working towards my ARPS.

 

Simon Wardle ARPS

Regional Treasurer

 

I was given my first camera in 1971, a Polaroid Instant Camera. I wasn’t totally overjoyed at the time as I’d asked for football boots for my birthday present! I “progressed” to a Zorki a few years later. This put me off rangefinder cameras for life. I was lucky enough to be able to study Photography in General Studies in the 6th form and looking back, this was a significant part of my development as a photographer as we were taught by an arts teacher rather than just a keen photographer. I continued to dabble in photography whilst at University and when I started work.

The biggest step change in my photography was in 2002 when a reorganisation at work saw me transferred to Solihull and I joined Solihull Photographic Society. Joining a club with such high standards really got me to think about my photography and to raise my standards. I have since specialised in sports and nature photography, with my Associateship panel being in Nature. Another work move saw me join Newbury Camera Club for a few years.

My current photography is mostly sports photography, especially American Football and Motor Sports.

The photographers who have inspired me are Andy Rouse, Galen Rowell, Lord Lichfield, Ansell Adams, W Eugene Smith, Patrick Eagar, O Winston Link, Nigel Snowdon, Jeff Bloxham, John Stott and Austin Powers.

 

Mick Venner LRPS

 

I was 12 when my father gave me his Pentax SP500 and spent my younger years using film and filling up slide boxes. In 2005 brought my first DSLR, a Nikon D50 and immediately hooked on the digital format, but didn't own or know how to use a computer until 2007!!!

As soon as I did I was amazed with how applying an artistic flare together with your photography, that you could get your own style and feel out there.

Although I enjoy all genres of photographing but my heart lies with people and the retro scene.

 

Graham Harrison ARPS

 

I am a professional photographer and news cameraman, working predominantly in the military environment.  My passion is documentary photography and storytelling through all forms of imaging.

I am inspired by the works of the great Time, Life and Magnum photographers and would love to be able to take images like Trent Parke.