Pauline Benbrook LRPS - committee member
I have enjoyed photography since my retirement from the NHS, and joined the Royal Photographic Society after being awarded my LRPS in 2012.
My passion is landscape photography, I just love being out in the fresh air in all weather experiencing that moment when you know it's right to press the shutter capturing the atmosphere of beautiful landscapes. To further my interest in black and white photography I am one of the founder members of the Essex Monochrome Group.
Peter Douglas Jones ARPS - committee member
I live in south Wales and, specifically, Gower. My associateship was spun out of my Three Corners of Gower, published in 1997: landscape shots taken in the peninsula on medium format transparency film. (An unexpected frisson of pleasure was to be had from the British High Commissioner presenting the government of the Sultanate of Brunei with a copy.) I have been slow to assimilate the new technology, although the flight of birds is very much an interest of mine and only possible by the digital route. I spent my working life keeping out of prison those who, by rights, should have been there; and I am now retired.
Richard Ellis LRPS - treasurer
After receiving my first SLR as an 18th birthday present I was hooked on photography and it has been an interest of mine ever since. With family commitments diminishing I have found myself drawn back to landscape photography both for the joy of making an image and of just being outdoors in wonderful light.
I enjoy all types of landscape photography but recently have spent a lot of time exploring the Highlands and islands of Scotland.
Paul Graber LRPS - events co-ordinator
I am an active member of Guildford Photographic Society and am currently its Chairman. I’ve had an interest in photography for over 30 years, but the advent of digital greatly rekindled this enthusiasm. I have increasingly specialised in landscape photography, often monochrome and long exposure.
I enjoy Scotland, the Lake District and anywhere where water and great scenery combine to give photographic opportunity.
Tim Parish LRPS - chair
After being a keen photographer in the ‘80’s & early 90’s, I regained my enthusiasm for photography fairly recently. I joined the RPS in 2014, gained my LRPS in June 2015 and I'm now looking at doing the ‘A’ in the next year or so. I process and print my own work and remain passionate about landscape and print as the best medium for displaying my work.
I feel very strongly that the photo opportunities for landscape in Britain are still far from exhausted, but perhaps need a different approach or new techniques to create fresh images and so I am looking forward to the new ideas and photo opportunities that working with the Landscape Group can help generate.
Mark Reeves LRPS - web editor
I really enjoy seeing modern art (though that doesn't mean I like it all!) and I try (fairly unsuccessfully) to combine this interest with my photography. Although I had my own dark room back in the '80s, I subsequently spent 20 years only taking holiday snapshots and family pics and only became "seriously" interested in photography in 2009. Since then I've concentrated almost exclusively on landscapes and cityscapes.
I grew up in Fife, lived in London for (far too) many years and now live on the Wirral coast. In 2015 decided to retire early and embark on a BA course in photography with the Open College of the Arts in the hope of discovering my hidden creativity.
Jim Souper ARPS - newsletter editor
My love of the landscape started with a school trip to the Lake District and has been with me ever since. Though I have taken photographs for as long as I can remember, it is only over the last 15 years that it has become a true passion.
The majority of my work is digital, but I also enjoy pinhole photography. I was able to take time out from the day job to study for a degree in photography between 2006 and 2009, which was a great opportunity to try medium and large format analogue photography.
Based in West Yorkshire, my favourite locations are the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the Isle of Skye.
Karen Thurman LRPS - secretary
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” – John Burroughs.
My work captures the magic and beauty to be found in the natural world around us. Although I spent my formative years in the concrete jungles of the Far East, returning to England in my early 30's, I have always been fascinated by landscapes, especially forests, woodlands and the streams that run through them.
A large format black & white film photographer, I am largely self-taught but have studied with celebrated master printers including John Blakemore and Bruce Barnbaum. My work has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions and is included in several public collections. I am currently working on a multi-year project, On Your Doorstep, documenting the immense natural beauty to be found in the UK.