"Just a short note to thank you for your talk last Wednesday. A number of our members have told me how much they enjoyed it, expressing the view that it was one of the very best talks we have ever had. Knowing your work I had high expectations of a good night and you certainly delivered. It goes without saying that the images you presented were of the very highest order but the thought that you had clearly put into the structure of your presentation helped tremendously in providing very practical hints and tips on how to consider the various elements of strong photography. In addition your relaxed and very informative presentation style helped to make us all feel that we had been given a master-class of how to go about seeing the “Hidden Landscape”.
Over the last few years I've given talks at a number of different camera clubs, both in Yorkshire and further afield in the UK. I've also spoken at the Outdoors and Adventure Show in London for Outdoor Photography (2016), the Connected 2015 event at Patchings in Nottinghamshire and Moorsview in Pickering, also 2015; the Photography Show at the NEC in 2018; and most recently, as part of a mini conference, alongside David Ward, Joe Cornish and Tim Parkin at the Joe Cornish Gallery in October 2019.
I have now retired my Unremarkable Scenes and Barren & Beautiful talks - I've loved delivering them at many different clubs and events, but it's time to move on to pastures new!
My new talk is titled 'Mood versus Composition' and explores how our compositional choices, as much as the conditions, can affect the resulting feel and mood of our photography. I very much hope to be able to give this talk in person soon but, for now, forthcoming bookings are all via Zoom until clubs are in a position to meet again.
I'm in discussion with a few clubs at present, but talks already agreed are as follows:
- 2 December 2020 - Deeside Camera Club
- 9 December 2020 - York Photographic Society
- 14 December 2020 - Holmirth Camera Club
- 14 January 2020 - Otley Camera Club
- 26 January 2021 - Richmond Camera Club
- 17 February 2021 - RPS North Wales Region
- 13 April 2021 - Worcestershire Camera Club (TBC)
- 5 July 2021 - Dunedin Photographic Society
- a few other clubs/dates in discussion and will be added once dates have been agreed.
My fee varies according to time and distance of travel - please do get in touch and I can give you an exact cost; as of 2020, I will be donating £10 from every talk to Yorkshire Peat Partnership, as part of my commitment to helping combat climate change.
"Thank you for talk last night. I wondered if prior to booking you,that your work might have been "too artistic" for some but thankfully everyone agreed that your work was nothing less than superb. Truly inspirational. We're now going out on Saturday morning with your images in mind, to see if we can produce something similar."
"A big thank you for yesterday evening. Your talk was refreshing. We enjoyed your photography and your explanations were informative. I think a few of us will be lining up for your book! I’m struggling for more expressive words, frankly, you’re simply not the run-of-the-mill camera club circuit hack!"
"Many thanks for last evening. We had the best attendance I have seen in the last eight years as a member of the club. Your presentation was excellent and much enjoyed by those present as you could no doubt see by members reaction. On a personal note I was very impressed by the simplicity in some of your images. Never seen this approach being so effective."