Sports Photography – A Photographic Journey
Sep 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

A presentation on Sports Photography by Noel Patterson.

Noel shoots live sports action to try and bring the viewer closer to the transitory moments of preparation, action or celebration which are the essence of all sports but which the eye does not always see. 
He uses creative camera techniques to enhance the sense of movement or pattern.
Noel has just published his first book of 140 photographs taken across three British Championship events –  Images from the British Gymnastics Championships 2016-17 which is available from Blurb books or Amazon (free for Kindle Unlimited members)
You can see examples of Noel’s work on his website.

Behind the Scenes – Photographing the creative process
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Behind the Scenes - Photographing the creative process @ Castle Park Arts Centre

An exiting opportunity to get tips from professional photographer Josh Tomalin.

This event is linked to our separate invitation to photograph rehearsals of “Hamlet”, so please have plenty of questions ready for Josh.

Not Quite Light
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Not Quite Light @ Castle Park Arts Centre

A presentation by Simon Buckley

Simon lives in the city of Salford, just across the Irwell from Manchester, and has lived in this area for most of his life. Currently his personal work often explores themes of transition, frequently within the urban environment.

This interest caused Simon to begin his Not Quite Light project, the subject of tonight’s talk, which examines themes of heritage and regeneration at dawn and dusk.

Several commissions have arisen due to this work, archiving the construction of new developments. It also led to a major collaboration with 5 Plus Architects called “You Live With Us, We Live With You”, which resulted in a limited edition book.

Simons work has been published nationally and internationally, and I’ve exhibited in the UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong and China.

Street Photography by Claire Armitage
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Street Photography by Claire Armitage @ Castle Park Arts Centre

Claire Armitage is a professional photographer. Her imagination is sparked by so many things – geometry and lines, order and symmetry and things that flow; emotions and reactions; details and textures. She likes to try and capture the intangible, make it tangible and release its story. 

Claire will be talking to us and showing examples of her street photography, get some tips for our competition later in the season.

Working with Wildlife
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Working with Wildlife @ Castle Park Arts Centre

A presentation by Tesni Ward, wildlife photographer. Tesni is a full time wildlife photographer based in Sheffield.

Confessions of a Wedding Photographer
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wedding Photographer in Leicester January’s presentation is by professional wedding photographer Lee Glasgow. Lee will be talking about his approach to wedding photography illustrated with example of his work.

Lee says – “I see so many kinds of personalities during my wedding career from the barking mad to the painfully shy and I love them all, even the grumpy ones. If I wasn’t a wedding photographer I would love to see myself as a psychologist as I find people’s minds intriguing with all the different backgrounds and cultures, but this may be because I’m nosey too.

I have two aims for my business:
1. To have a sustainable business that allows me to grow as a photographer, and create works of art for my clients.

2. To have bloody good fun achieving the above.”


Perpetually in Motion
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Perpetually in Motion @ Castle Park Arts Centre

Claire Carter’s interest in nature photography grew from a desire to record special moments to inspire her paintings. From this has grown her passion to capture the way light transforms a scene and to share those fleeting and unique moments.

She also claims it is a wonderful excuse to just “be” in places that take your breath away and that standing for hours watching the effect of light on a scene is like watching a drama unfold.

During the last 20+ years her photographs have been used in a wide range of publications and her work has been acknowledged in international photography competitions. She also has had articles published in photography magazines and holds exhibitions.

For more about Claire’s work visit her website.

Presentation – Subject to be advised
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Moments in Mono – Part 2
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Moments in Mono - Part 2 @ Castle Park Arts Centre

A return visit by Neil Hulme, a very accomplished monochrome photographer, to show us his latest work. Neil specialises in minimalist images using a long shutter speed.

For examples of his work visit his website here.