The Volunteers


CHAIR: Liz Rhodes MBE

Liz has been a Member of the Travel Group for many years and a member of the RPS for more years that she cares to remember! Her main passion is travelling and has been fortunate enough to see many parts of the world through a number of overland trips but there are still large gaps to explore.

Her interest in photography stems from trying to improve the photos she takes while on her travels so that they will be worth looking at as reminders of where she has been in years to come.

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Travel and photography have been an enduring part of Keith’s life since an early age. His first camera was a Christmas present when he was 12 years old and living in Malaya. He never looked back. He quickly learned to develop and print his own black and white prints and has always enjoyed the qualities of monochrome images.  A former teacher of Geography and Geology, it is not surprising, that landscapes and travel have been the backbone of his photography. Field trips and holidays to wide ranging places, Iceland, Antarctica, India, North Africa and the Mediterranean are a feature in his work.

On retirement he joined the RPS and the Travel group. He was elected a Committee member in 2007 and became Secretary in 2009 .  He has been a member of the Ludlow Photographic Club for more years than he cares to remember and was its Chairman for 12 of them. At his first attempt at a RPS competition he won the Gold Medal in the Open Digital for 2008 and knew that, from then on, it was downhill all the way.

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TREASURER: Robert Akester LRPS

Robert Akester won his first (and so far only) prize for a photograph while still at school. Since 1999, however, he began to take his photography more seriously, achieving his LRPS in 2002, when he also became a member of the Travel Group. The ARPS still eludes him, but constitutes an important retirement project.

Travel has been a major part of his life, with a job that required visits, albeit brief, to many parts of the world. Some, but not all of these countries are on a long list to revisit at a more leisurely pace, this time with more comprehensive photographic kit.

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John's interest in photography started when AutoFocus was made possible with a pre-cut length of string and Digital was a reference to a part of the anatomy used to depress the shutter release!

The recent advances in digital technology have enabled him to develop new techniques and skills, not just with the camera but also in the "PC Darkroom". He finds image fine tuning and, where appropriate, enhancement just as fascinating as original picture taking.

Upon retirement from business life he founded Better Photographs, a free website which helps folk who want to progress their photography & imaging skills.

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Aline started taking pictures at an early age after finding her sister’s Box Brownie in the bottom of the wardrobe. She set up a darkroom in the cupboard under the stairs, and still has those early attempts somewhere.  A serious accident in 1991 made Aline reassess her priorities in life, since then she has been around the world twice – once westwards, once eastwards – last year she went around the world in 80 days - and keeps a rolling list of places to see and things to do.

Her main interests in photography are travel and nature. Since joining the RPS and the Travel Group Aline has organised several trips, is a regular contributor to Travel Log and has written for the RPS Journal, amongst other publications.

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Photography is an important part of Colin's life. He has been taking pictures since his parents gave him a Kodak Box Brownie around the age of eight. He quickly learnt the basics of printing and for much of his photographic journey he was a darkroom worker and for many years was a member of Brian Nevitt's advanced photography group at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire.

Nowadays his aim is to capture how the immediate environment often determines human behaviour, especially in cities, and how the influence of human intervention on the landscape often produces buildings, monuments and other edifices of incredible beauty. He gained his ARPS in travel photography in 2013.

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Hazel has been taking photographs with her husband James for many years. Photography started out of a love for travel and it is a hobby they both share. Their main interest is in the minority groups of South East Asia, India and especially Burma but they photograph where ever they are.  She has been a member of the RPS since gaining her LRPS in 2003, her ARPS with a Travel Panel of South East Asian Children in 2005 and her FRPS in 2014. Her husband is Regional organiser for Scotland and she sits on the LRPS panel.

Hazel is a GP in the Scottish Borders and so photography allows an escape form the NHS. She likes nothing better than to be walking in the Highlands with James and her dog, returning to the VW camper van at night

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John started taking photographs while at school and has passed through the stages of a home darkroom processing black and white prints and latterly colour prints and reversal in the family bathroom. He has now progressed to a 4th generation digital camera and lightroom in the spare bedroom.

The “day job” precludes devoting as much time to photography as he would wish but anticipates that shortly that will alter leaving sufficient time to consider balancing taking photographs that please him as opposed to those which the market, competitions or distinction panels require.

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Brian grew up overseas which may be why he developed a taste for travel. His first camera was the inevitable box brownie, followed by a great 35mm Voigtlander. The first SLR was a Canon FTb with 50mm 1.2 lens which lasted for several decades during which he mainly took and processed his own black and white photos.

In recent years, he has visited Ethiopia, Cappadocia in Turkey, USA, Botswana, Namibia, Vietnam and Lebanon amongst others. Aside from the RPS, he is an active member of Sevenoaks Camera Club (Vice Chair), skis at least once a year, plays golf and badminton; just as well he’s retired!

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The Travel Group committee has worked hard in recent years to deliver an interesting programme of trips and other events, a revised and revamped Travel Log, a vastly improved website section and a presence on Facebook. Our membership has more than doubled in the last few years and has reached an all-time high of over 600.

However, for various reasons, the committee is somewhat depleted at the moment and we are in urgent need of some new members to help maintain our activities and develop new ones.

Your committee has plans to deliver a wide range of events and activities, but, sadly, without further support we may be in a position where we have to cancel some of these.

We need your help. We would love to hear from people willing to help who have experience in such areas as publications, events organisation and management, competitions, marketing and IT. We would also love to hear from people who might not want to be on the committee but are willing to lend a hand.

If you feel you have something to offer and are willing to help, please get in touch with our Chair, Liz Rhodes – as soon as possible!

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