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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SECRETARY: John Speller‚Äč

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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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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TRIPS: Keith Pointon LRPS

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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Grahame Soden ARPS, ABIPP

Grahame has, over the decades, progressed from B&W analogue photography to high-end digital cameras, and is also a skilled digital printer.

His passion is for sports photography and he has attended many professional sporting events as a photographer.

He currently lives in Swedish Lapland, with his wife Katharina (who is also an RPS member) where they have a holiday business that allows guests to enjoy nature, landscapes & snowscapes, plus of course the Northern Lights!

Grahame is currently (2018) planning a project towards his "F" with The British Institute of Professional Photography and perhaps the RPS too ...

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Travelling on about six cruises a year for Cruise & Maritime Voyages gives me the chance to take many photos and to share my hobby with others as I provide Lectures and Workshops on the subject.

I am no expert and do not teach 'Photography - the correct way' but I hope to inspire others by showing them 'my way'. No not a cue for a song but it brings together all that I enjoy, Travel, Photography, Meeting People and being looked after by my wife and the wonderful crew aboard the ships.

By the way – Just in case you are wondering, I never had a Box Brownie. My boyhood camera was a Eastman bellows courtesy of Grandad. No need for an enlarger. Contact prints were great.

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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 700.

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help maintain our activities and develop new ones. We would love to hear from you, even if you might not want to be on the committee but are willing to lend a hand.

If you feel you have something to offer and would like to help, please get in touch with our Chair, Liz Rhodes.

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