PROGRAMME

September 2017 to September 2018

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September 2017
Date Day Event Venue
5thTueNature Group St Lukes
7thThuMore...My Life through a Lens
Viveca Koh, FRPS
KCC
Viveca is a self-taught Fine Art photographer, with a special fascination for small details, for lost, abandoned, poignant and generally broken objects, and for images where darkness contrasts with light. She often overlays multiple images together or adds textures or scanned documents as new layers, adding subtle shading to produce a final image that is more than a little bit different. In June 2014 she was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society, following on from an Associateship Distinction in June 2011 and a Licentiateship in 2010. Viveca last visited us in June 2014 and impressed us enormously with her work. We are delighted to have her back to find out more about what she's being doing since then!
11thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
12thTueAwards & Distinctions Group St Lukes
14thThuMore...Focussed Moments: Outdoor Photography
Rachael Talibart, LRPS
KCC
Rachael Talibart grew up on the South Coast and studied at Southampton University, so much of her early years were spent by the sea. This has left her with a life-long fascination for the ocean in all its forms, but especially in stormy weather. Although Rachael travels widely, she retains a special fondness for the South of England and many of her images are created there. For her, nothing beats a day on an empty shore, the wilder the weather the better, and this is reflected in her work. Rachael is co-founder of 'f11 Workshops', providing photography day tours and workshops in Surrey, Sussex and London. Her work has been published in books and in print and online magazines. She has been exhibited widely in the UK as well as Barcelona and New York, and her work appears in private collections internationally. Rachael last visited us in January 2016 as a judge and we welcome her now as a speaker
19thTuePost Processing Group St Lukes
21stThuMore...Photographing Architecture in London - Challenges & Triumphs
Grant Smith
KCC
Grant Smith is a professional photographer who has lived and worked in London for the past 30 years. He specialises in London's buildings and architecture and is commissioned by all sectors of industry including design companies, magazines, architects, contractors and engineers. He also does portrait work which takes him beyond the architectural and construction industry and into all sectors of commerce. Grant runs photo tours of the City of London for Open City and teaches photography at City Literary Institute in London. His body of work includes some of the worlds' iconic structures - the Pont de Normandie, second Severn Crossing, the Sydney Harbour tunnel, the Millennium Bridge, the Millennium Dome and the Gherkin in London. He is currently photographing London's newest skyscraper, The Scalpel. He was Chairman of the Association of Photographers from 2001 to 2003. He has been involved in the organisation "I'm a Photographer, Not a Terrorist", has written articles on the subject of photographers' working in public space and continues to campaign for photographers' rights to shoot in public. His work can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the British Architectural Photographic Collection at Nationalbibliothek, Vienna.
26thTueMonochrome GroupSt Lukes
28thThuPDI Analysis
David Eastley, LRPS
KCC
October 2017
Date Day Event Venue
3rdTueNature Group St Lukes
5thThuMore...Life in the Wild
Tom Mason
KCC
Tom is a wildlife and nature photographer and journalist. When not travelling and taking photographs he writes for Practical Photography Magazine for whom he contributes a regular column with tips on topics, locations and techniques. He also runs workshops and seminars for Wex Photographic. Tom is an avid conservationist. He is represented by RSPB images, one of the UK's largest Specialist Natural History Agencies, where sales of his images help to fund their conservation projects in the UK and overseas. Tom delivers a range of workshops and talks for organisations around the UK, including the Photography Show and Camera Clubs, and aims to provide an entertaining, informative and memorable event for all.
9thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
10thTueTable Top Group St Lukes
12thThuCritique Evening
Members
KCC
17thTueProjects Group St Lukes
19thThuMore...Secrets of the sea - through my lens
Martin Guess
KCC
Martyn has been taking underwater photographs for nearly 20 years. He is an active member of BSoUP, the British Society of Underwater Photographers. He has travelled widely, photographing in such places as Indonesia, the Philippines, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Florida, Dijbouti, the Balearic and Andaman Islands in India, and also every year for the last 20 years to the Red Sea. Martyn has won a multitude of annual competitions at BSoUP over the years, and at other prestigious competitions. He is a perfectionist when it comes to underwater photography techniques and is happy to pass on his knowledge to other photographers through his workshops and dedicated underwater photography trips abroad. Martyn says his passion is to record vivid images of the world we live in, both under the sea and on the land above, and looks forward to sharing this passion with us at his talk!
24thTuePictorial GroupSt Lukes
26thThuPrint Analysis
Graham Johnston ARPS, DPAGB, EFIAP
KCC
November 2017
Date Day Event Venue
2ndThuMore...Devotion
Chris Roche
KCC
One glance at Chris Roche's website will tell you that we are in for a special treat. If you can only make it to one talk this year at RTPS, then make it this one! Chris Roche was born in Canada but has since lived in Africa and several cities around Europe. Dividing his time between working as a filmmaker and a photographer he is now based in London. There is insufficient space here to list the top international awards and prizes he has won, not just for his still photographs, but for his films - see the list on his website and be amazed! His photographs have been published in the national press, exhibited at Royal Geographical Society in London and at United Nations Office at Geneva. More recently he has been working on a photographic project called 'Devotion' that explores men and women's thirst for spiritual fulfilment around the world. He has published two photographic books on the subject - see website for details. Devotion is the title of his talk to us.
7thTueNature Group St Lukes
9thThuMore......'Ackney to ARPS and after
Fred Barrington ARPS,AFIAP
KCC
Fred is an extremely good (my words!) amateur photographer who has been taking pictures for many years. Go to his website showing images across a wide range of genres and you'll see what I mean. He gained his Associateship of the RPS in 2012 and Associateship of the Federation of International Artist Photographers in 2015. He won the Landscape Travel Photo of the Year prize in 2014. Fred declares that he travels extensively and enjoys every minute of it! He is a member of the Visual Art group of the Royal Photographic Society and is Treasurer of the Beckenham Camera Club. He has self-published photo books on Antartica, Costa Rica, Iceland, Sri Lanka and California (Utah) - details on his website - and he can be found on Flickr. Google+ and Facebook.
13thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
14thTueTable Top Group St Lukes
16thThuReview of Intermediate Challenge Trophy Entries
Mark Buckley-Sharp ARPS, CPAGB, APAGB
KCC
21stTuePost Processing Group St Lukes
23rdThuMore...If the cat fits. Bear it. Wildlife adventures in the Yukon and Patagonia
Andy Skillen
KCC
Andy Skillen came to us in 2016 and many will remember his fascinating talk about photographing polar bears and their cubs on foot in the Canadian Arctic for BBC Wildlife! He has been a wildlife photographer for over 20 years, shooting all manner of creatures around the world for articles, books and media. His fine art images feature in galleries and collections. He has numerous awards and commendations to his name, including Sony World Photographer of the Year, National Geographic Photo of the Year, and Travel Photographer of the Year and Winner of the Zoological Society of London 'Photographer of the Year'. Andy also leads photo safaris and workshops and writes for magazines, including Outdoor Photography.
28thTueMonochrome GroupSt Lukes
30thThuPrint & PDI Analysis
Eddie Hyde ARPS
KCC
December 2017
Date Day Event Venue
5thTueNature Group St Lukes
7thThuMembers Presentation
Members
KCC
11thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
12thTuePictorial GroupSt Lukes
14thThuChristmas Social & Presentation of the Intermediate Challenge Trophies and Annual Print/PDI Competition AwardsKCC
January 2018
Date Day Event Venue
4thThuBest Print & PDI of 2017
Micki Aston CPAGB
KCC
8thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
9thTueAwards & Distinctions Group St Lukes
11thThuMore...Confessions of a Landscape Photographer
Paul Mitchell FRPS
KCC
Paul's profession is in graphic design but he says he tries to devote most of his free time to photographing the landscape. He's a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and currently serves on its Fine Art Distinctions Panel. He is a well-respected photographic judge, a member of the prestigious Arena group and a founder member of The Landscape Collective UK (LCUK). He has had numerous exhibitions in London and the South East and had articles and images published in many photographic magazines. In 2013 he won the Sunday Times Choice Award in the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition and was the Urban Category winner in 2015. He has also had recent successes in Outdoor Photographer of the Year and International Garden Photographer of the Year. He has published books on pinhole photography and on the English Coastline, the latter a collaboration with fellow Arena photographers.
16thTueProjects Group St Lukes
18thThuMore...Straight from the Garden Shed
Iain McGowan FRPS
KCC
Iain McGowan FRPS is a professional photographer living in West Sussex. He specialises in landscape and environmental photography and is a member of Focus Group of photographers. Iain possesses that gift of being able to produce fantastic prints from situations that many will find hard to see On the speaker circuit he is known as an inspirational photographer who will whet your appetite and provide food for thought. His talks centre on prints, covering subjects from traditional landscapes to dereliction, street art, abstract and industrial scenes. His photography is digital, but the images are produced without the use of a computer, achieved by getting the image right in camera before transferring it direct to the printer. His technique was featured in the RPS's Digital Group magazine Digit Issue 67. Iain has published several books and runs photographic workshops all over the UK.
23rdTueMonochrome GroupSt Lukes
25thThuPrint Analysis
James Godber
KCC
February 2018
Date Day Event Venue
1stThuMore...President's Evening - If the cat fits. Bear it. Wildlife adventures in the Yukon and Patagonia
Andy Skillen
KCC
This is the talk that was postponed from its scheduled date in November. Andy Skillen came to us in 2016 and many will remember his fascinating talk about photographing polar bears and their cubs on foot in the Canadian Arctic for BBC Wildlife! He has been a wildlife photographer for over 20 years, shooting all manner of creatures around the world for articles, books and media. His fine art images feature in galleries and collections. He has numerous awards and commendations to his name, including Sony World Photographer of the Year, National Geographic Photo of the Year, and Travel Photographer of the Year and Winner of the Zoological Society of London 'Photographer of the Year'. Andy also leads photo safaris and workshops and writes for magazines, including Outdoor Photography.
6thTueNature Group St Lukes
8thThuCritique Evening
Members
KCC
12thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
13thTueTable Top Group St Lukes
15thThuMore...An Evening with Anne Sutcliffe
Anne Sutcliffe FRPS, EFIAP, PPSA
KCC
Anne is a most distinguished photographer. She sits on the Royal Photographic Societies Advisory Board and chairs its LRPS assessment panel. She is also member of the prestigious London Salon. Take a look at some of the images on her website to appreciate the diversity, quality and originality of her work. Anne says she enjoys lecturing and judging club competitions, both being activities which allow her to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for photography. She has also judged international photographic exhibitions in England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA. She lives in the Midlands so we are lucky to get her to RTPS. This was only made possible by the fact that she will be one of the selectors for the SPA Biennial Exhibition in 2018, and so we grabbed her whilst she was going to be the area!
20thTuePost Processing Group St Lukes
22ndThuPDI Analysis
Paul Graber LRPS
KCC
27thTuePictorial GroupSt Lukes
March 2018
Date Day Event Venue
1stThuAnnual General MeetingKCC
6thTueNature Group St Lukes
8thThuMore...A year in wildlife photography
David Plummer
KCC
David is a photographer, traveller, educator, conservationist, speaker and consultant on wildlife issues. His speciality is photographing animals only in their natural environment using an in-depth knowledge of animals combined with research and extreme patience to get his images. David claims to regularly wait for hours in a floating hide covered in leeches to get the perfect shot. Rather him than me! In the UK, David runs wildlife safaris, teaches on behalf of the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, advises on eco-tourism and is involved in various conservancy projects. Internationally, he runs tours in India, the Galapagos, Kenya and Rwanda on behalf of Steppes, the leader in worldwide ethical travel. He also conducts private tours to specific locations or to film target species in places as diverse as the Pantanal region of Brazil, the Maasai Mara, and Hungary. For RTPS members with a special interest in wildlife this talk is a must!
12thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
13thTueTable Top Group St Lukes
15thThuReview of Open Challenge Trophy PDI Entries
Micki Aston CPAGB
KCC
20thTuePost Processing Group St Lukes
22ndThuGodalming PS entertain RTPSKCC
27thTueMonochrome GroupSt Lukes
29thThuOpen Exhibition and Private ViewLandmark
April 2018
Date Day Event Venue
3rdTueNature Group St Lukes
5thThuPrint Analysis
Keith Newton LRPS
KCC
9thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
10thTueAwards & Distinctions Group St Lukes
12thThuMore...Street Witness
Steve Smith FRPS
KCC
Steve Smith came to us in 2013 so our newer members may not have seen his work. The rest of us will, I'm sure, want to see him again. After many years working in industry Steve abandoned corporate life to pursue photography full time. Street Photography is his passion, his obsession and his love. He describes it as a drive to capture that moment in time which instantly becomes history - a street scene, people, places, or events captured and frozen for eternity, never to be repeated. Steve achieved his FRPS in Visual Arts. He won a FIAP Special Ribbon for 'Water Babes', described as an example of digital monochrome at its best and he won 'Best in show' at the prestigious Association of Photographers Awards in 2011, amongst his other achievements.
17thTuePost Processing Group St Lukes
19thThuMore...Street Photography: Light and Life on the streets
Damien Demolder
KCC
Damien is a photographer, journalist and photographic equipment expert, speaker, judge and educator. He has worked in the photographic publishing industry since 1997, including 15 years at the world's only weekly photo magazine, Amateur Photographer, where he was editor. Although he specialises in street photography, he also shoots portraits, landscapes, architecture, natural macro and occasionally even wildlife and weddings. Damien writes for regularly for DP Review, the British Journal of Photography magazine and occasionally for other UK and international photographic magazines, newspapers and websites. He has also published several books. He provides consultancy services for camera manufacturers on product and market development, branding and retail strategies. If that were not enough, he judges for major competitions including the 2017 Sony World Photo Awards (where he was Chair of Judges for the Open, National and Youth categories), for Take a View (Landscape Photographer of the Year), Amateur Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year, British Heart Foundation Red Heart competition and the Thames Festival. Enough. This is going to be an evening not to miss.
24thTuePictorial GroupSt Lukes
26thThuPDI Analysis
Peter Merry LRPS
KCC
May 2018
Date Day Event Venue
1stTueNature Group St Lukes
3rdThuMore...Short Stories
Philip Joyce
KCC
Philip is an accomplished Oxford based photographer whose work has been widely shown. In 2016 he was shortlisted for 2016 Sony World Photography Awards and he is a winner of the Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year, amongst others. Our own Jay Charnock FRPS invited Philip to be one of the three selectors for the 2017 exhibition of the Visual Art Group of the Royal Photographic Society. It was thanks to Jay that we contacted him and we're delighted that he agreed to come and give us a talk. You can get a feel for Philips's excellent work via the above link to his website. Take a look!
8thTueStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
8thTueOpen Evening for Prospective New MembersVH
10thThuMembers Presentation
Members
KCC
15thTueTable Top Group St Lukes
17thThuMolesey PS entertain RTPSKCC
22ndTueProjects Group St Lukes
24thThuMore...Lighten Up!
Gavin Hoey
KCC
Gavin is a well-known trainer and educator around all things photographic. He travels around the country giving talks and presentations at events and camera clubs. He last came to RTPS in 2013 and impressed us with his lively, informative and highly entertaining talk on Photoshop at which he is a master wizard (my words)! He writes for various photography magazines including Digital Photo Magazine (apparently the UK's best selling photography magazine) and makes Photoshop video tutorials for YouTube which have been viewed over 15 million times. In 2010 he was the winner of Adobe's Next Photoshop Evangelist competition and since then has represented Adobe giving training sessions in Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements in the UK, Europe and in the US. In 2012 he joined forces with Adorama in New York who sponsor his current videos and made it possible to keep them free for all to enjoy.
29thTueMonochrome GroupSt Lukes
31stThuPrint Analysis
Rob Bonfield
KCC
June 2018
Date Day Event Venue
5thTueNature Group St Lukes
7thThuReview of Open Challenge Prints
Chris Palmer FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB, EFIAP
KCC
11thMonStudio Portraiture GroupSHS
12thTueTable Top Group St Lukes
14thThuMore...Waiting for that moment: I did have a plan!
Vanda Ralevska
KCC
Members may recall that Vanda came to us first in September 2016 and impressed us and our then President, Seamus Reid, so much that he invited her back to give a second talk shortly afterwards at his President's evening in February 2017. No wonder! Vanda is a top landscape and seascape photographer. She is a member of the prestigious Arena Photographers Group, the Landscape Collective UK group, and co-founded 'Landscapes by Women', an online community connecting female landscape photographers all over the world. Her images and articles have been published in magazines and exhibited in the UK and abroad and have won awards in international competitions. As two other Arena members, Paul Mitchell and Steve Smith are coming to us this year I have included a link to the Arena website. It's definitely worth a visit.
19thTuePost Processing Group St Lukes
21stThuMore...Creative Photography - developing a personal style
John Humphrey FRPS
KCC
John is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. His pictures have been shown at many exhibitions, including the London Salon of Photography and the RPS's International Print and Projected Images. His photographs cover a wide range of subjects, including landscape, portrait and close-up floral and abstract studies - take a look at his website to get an idea of his very creative eye. John runs a range of photographic events including RPS workshops on Macro and Art Photography, and Creative Techniques in Photoshop. He has presented 'Behind the Lens' sessions at the UK's annual Photography Show. John's travel photographs are used for corporate and promotional work, including exhibitions, calendars and advertising. He leads a number of photographic tours, recent trips including China, Malta and Tuscany.
26thTuePictorial GroupSt Lukes
28thThuPDI Analysis
Sheena Rogers
KCC
September 2018
Date Day Event Venue
6thThuMore...Gardens & Wildlife
Gill Peachey
KCC
Gill has a reputation within the camera club community in our region as an excellent amateur photographer with a particular love and skill for wildlife and plant photography. She has done well in competitions and exhibitions and was a winner in the 'International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition' in the Macro Art category. She comes strongly recommended as a photographer to come and give us a talk at RTPS. Gill does not have her own website but I have found some images of hers on the website of the Old Coulsdon Camera Club - see link above.
13thThuMore...Chasing the dark
Andrew Whyte
KCC
Andrew Whyte's photography fills a particular but fascinating niche - taking pictures at night! As he himself says, 'Photography is all about light, so shooting long exposures at night is one of the art's most challenging & rewarding styles. Not only is it an opportunity to express oneself creatively, it's also an ideal platform to develop one's manual camera skills: once the sun's gone down there's no hiding behind a camera's "Auto" modes. Many photographers dabble with long exposures and light painting to expand their techniques and find a niche. Me? I never moved on!' Andrew gives talks at national conferences and camera clubs to show how he uses cutting edge equipment, innovative techniques and tools, plus time and patience, to create his original photographs with the darkness of night as their backdrop. I am quite sure we are in for a fascinating evening!
20thThuMore...RHS etc
Nigel Chapman
KCC
Nigel has been a keen landscape photographer for many years, but has recently concentrated on natural history and botanical subjects particularly macro images and the intimate landscape. He was the Royal Horticultural Society Photographer of the Year in 2005 and was awarded gold medals at the RHS Autumn Exhibitions in 2006, 2008, 2010, and again last year for his panel 'Waterside Plants' - can be seen on his website. Nigel has exhibited at the Gallery at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking and various venues in Chichester. The Medici Society produced a collection of cards illustrated with his plant images in 2007. He makes books of his images and has done this for a number of years.

Venue - Summary

KCC - Kew Community Centre

Kew Community Centre, Upper Hall, The Avenue, Kew, Richmond, TW9 2AJ (Main Thursday meetings)

St Lukes

The Avenue, Kew, Richmond, TW9 2AJ (Specialist Group meetings, except Studio Groups)

It is suggested that attendees at these meetings congregate at the main entrance to St Lukes. All meetings to start at 8.00pm

SHS - Signal House Studio

Signal House, 127 Molesey Avenue, West Molesey, Surrey, KT8 2FF (Studio Portraiture Group meetings)

Landmark

Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Lane, Teddington, TW11 9NN (Annual Exhibition)

VH - Vestry - Vestry Hall

RPLC, The Vestry Hall, 21 Paradise Road, Richmond, TW9 1SA (Committee meetings and Open Evenings)

Note that KCC, Landmark and RPLC are accessible to wheelchair users.

Unless otherwise stated all meetings begin at 8:00 pm

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