Our speaker on 13th January was Peter Weaver who comes from the Bristol area. He is an enthusiastic member of the Hanham Photographic Society and as well as being their Programme Secretary he also organises club outings. The title of Peter’s talk was “My Digital View” and during the evening he presented a sizeable collection of his images featuring a wide range of subjects.
Peter explained that he prefers to get his images right in the camera rather than spending a huge amount of time processing them on his computer. Unlike some photographers he is happy to go out in all weathers, suitably attired, and he showed a number of images, especially landscapes, that he had taken in the pouring rain. He said that he is a keen walker and he usually carries a camera and two lenses on these walks.
The majority of the images he presented were taken in the South West of England although he also showed some from elsewhere including Northumberland, Kent, Norfolk and Wales. Many were taken at county and agricultural shows and featured people together with their horses, livestock or pets.
He makes a point of arriving early when there are fewer people about. He also attends specialist events such as the Chippenham Folk Festival and he showed a number of images of musicians.
He also included a photograph from the more unusual Newent Onion Fayre which hosts the world onion eating championships and showed a humorous image of one contestant who, not surprisingly, did not seem to be enjoying the taste of the raw onion! Another source of photographs are the many re-enactments, such as 1940’s events, that he attends. He finds that such events provide many opportunities for photographing people.
Peter is also a wildlife enthusiast and he belongs to several nature groups including the Slimbridge Wildfowl Wetland Trust. He presented a number of photographs of birds and animals taken in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. These included images from various locations including the Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall, the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent and the Cotswold Falconry Centre.
With these he demonstrated that it is possible to take interesting nature images close to home rather than travelling hundreds of miles to more exotic locations.
Throughout the evening Peter’s enthusiasm for all genres of photography shone through.