Programme of Club and External Events

On-line Talk ‘Scottish Wildlife’ by Jeremy Malley-Smith LRPS DPAGB BPE2*
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
On-line Talk 'Scottish Wildlife' by Jeremy Malley-Smith LRPS DPAGB BPE2* @ On Line

As part of our programme of events over the summer we are delighted to welcome Jeremy Malley-Smith LRPS DPAGB BPE2* who will present his talk on ‘Scottish Wildlife’ on-line via Zoom.

This event is open to all and free of charge.

Jeremy became interested in wildlife as a teenager whilst watching David Attenborough’s wildlife programmes and I fell in love with photography following a holiday to The Gambia in the early 90s photographing weaver birds, mudskippers & mammals. He became an active member of my nearest camera club (Wigan Photographic Society) and enjoyed much success winning awards in the club along with several national and international awards for various images. In 2013, He joined Blackburn Camera Club and now live in Blackburn with my long-term partner. More recently, Jeremy has now joined the prestigious and very successful Wigan 10 Foto-Club.

Jeremy runs tours and workshops scaling from 1-to-1 up to 12 clients to locations such as Farne Isles, Glencoe, Krakow, Lake District, Loch Ness, Marrakesh, Moidart, Mull, Northumberland, Risley Moss, Sherwood Forest and Skomer.

His favourite subjects are wildlife, crazy macro and landscapes though he is happy photographing anything that moves and anything that doesn’t!

Jeremy will talk about his outstanding images of Scottish wildlife and the stories behind them.

All FDPS members will receive details in our Newsletter of how to watch Jeremy’s presentation, and will receive a reminder on the day of the meeting. Please do not pass these details to any non-members.

If you are not a current member of FDPS, but would like to attend, please click the link below to reserve a place.

Presentation – Starting from a Blank Canvas by Polina Plotnikova
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Our first presentation for the 2020/21 season is an on-line talk by Polina Plotnikova. Polina is a very accomplished picture maker based in South East England who will be talking by the magic of Zoom.

‘Flowers and still life are my favourite photography subjects. Still life in particular is perfect for a perfectionist like me – no one fidgets or makes faces, no sudden gust of wind or some other quirk of ever-changing weather can spoil your shot. But, by the same token, you cannot count on something interesting that just happens all of a sudden – it is all up to you; the choices are infinite, and the final result is entirely in your own hands.

The approach to flower photography that I take is somewhat similar to that of a portrait photographer – for every flower and plant that I photograph, I always try to find its unique look, study its mood and character, and ultimately unlock the hidden beauty of my models. A successful flower portrait attempts to discover something unique in a flower, something hidden or not necessarily obvious at first sight.
While appreciating the natural beauty of plants and trying to stay true to their original look, I do not limit my point of view to purely botanical. Instead, I try to lift a flower off its typical setting and put it into indeterminate space, where its beauty can be seen in all its purity.’

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For more information see Polina’s website.

Presentation – Abandoned Architecture by James Kerwin
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

James’ presentation will be delivered as an on-line talk using Zoom.

In 2014 James began shooting his first abandoned building series ‘Decadence’, and six years on he has now built up a large portfolio taken in some of the most striking abandoned structures, relics & ruins in Europe and beyond. 

My primary focus is capturing rich colour palettes and straight lines in the camera, then utilising modern post-processing techniques to develop each completed image

James’ talk – will highlight his journey and ten years behind a camera. It is designed to inspire the listener through his journey with a camera as well as his love for travel & hidden architecture.

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[caption id="attachment_7330" align="alignnone" width="214"] British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer[/caption]
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To see more examples of James’ work visit his website.

Presentation – Stumbling Around in the Dark by Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Robert’s presentation will be delivered as an on-line talk using Zoom.

Digital photography enables us to capture the beauty of the night sky in unprecedented detail. In this evening of landscape astrophotography, Robert will show how to use an ordinary digital single lens reflex camera to make stunning images of stars, planets, earth’s moon and the Milky Way, as well as more elusive astronomical phenomena such as meteors and eclipses. In the second half, He recounts travels in the arctic in search of the aurora borealis and on four continents to photograph total solar eclipses.

For more information visit Robert’s website here.

Presentation – Not Quite Light by Simon Buckley
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Presentation - Not Quite Light by Simon Buckley @ On Line

Simon’s presentation will be delivered as an on-line talk using Zoom.

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, 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.

Simon’s work has been published nationally and internationally, and he has exhibited in the UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong and China.