Well the big day came amidst very real weather concerns with some folks making fairly long journeys from as far away as Stockport, a couple from Alston which can be a journey and a half in the summer let alone when the snows are here, and feel for two guys from Cumbria who just could not beat the snow and as it turned out missed a good afternoon in the company of one our most creative and insightful landscape photographers David Ward who made the long journey from Hereford and then headed off up to Glencoe to lead a workshop.
David very kindly donated a beautiful framed an signed print for us to raffle and Kevin J. Allan was the lucky holder off the winning ticket - I understand that it is now hanging proudly in the Alan house hold.
I would think that most of you would have looked at David's website , but I recommend that you take a look at his Facebook page where you can see some images ,that most of us would be proud to have made and then you look and realise they're 'sketches' made either on his compact out his iPhone, the Ireland Album is one to look for.
WHAT YOU THOUGHT . . .
Thanks Paul yes as you said no probs with access, enjoyed the afternoon, thank you. RICHARD PEACE
Great show Paul trying to understand our thoughts in photography brought by a top pro. MARSHALL CALVERT
And very pleased I am with it too ( the prize print)- I've just put it on the wall. Thanks for the organisation of the event, Paul. David was a very thought-provoking speaker. KEVIN J. ALLAN
Very good event this. David spoke very eloquently about the importance of shooting and making the viewer think and not just regurgitating a scene. Well done Paul for organising but I still think you are a T$%£ telling me the Man City result so I had no surprise when I got in:-) MARK BRADSHAW
Well done Paul and WCC for this coup... so worth the afternoon out. I wanted to hear the next 50 minutes too! David covered a lot of ground and I'm sure will have opened up a lot of closed thinking, inspiring ways to revisit the familiar. He's an extremely personable and erudite speaker, giving honestly from his own part. I loved the breadth of references he explored to illustrate his own journey and vision, many already familiar yet better illuminated in the way he explored and juxtaposed them.
His knowledge/experience of the technicalities and history of photography from early film to digital; the world of advertising psychology in graphic image making; how the brain actually works; how painting and photography work differently; how he distilled his approach into simple drivers and showed their application dispelling rules... all of these and more without offending any sensibilities in a mixed audience I think were admirable. It must be very difficult to gage your pitch to an unknown audience.
There was so much I wanted to talk to him about but that would have taken forever. A number of people around me left at the end saying they had been inspired. One even dashed out in the interval to give something a try! I was so pleased it was our Kev Allan ( RWA Flickr Group) won the signed print too.... NORMA SHEERLIGHT.
I obviously missed out - Consoled my self by buying his book , And going for a walk in the snow :~D (having previous arrangements made ) JOHN LEECH
I did enjoy it very much I was inspired alas I still don't have the talent and sometimes I admit to sitting there thinking not how did I get here but rather what the .....am I doing here. JAMES WELCH
Well done to Winlaton Camera Club for bringing a very talented photographer to our locality. The talk was full of great images accompanied by some VERY interesting theories, comment, and quotations, both Carol and I really enjoyed the afternoon. DAVID STOUT, EFIAP,DPAGB, and CAROL WATSON ,DPAGB.