Art & Photography – 9th April 2018

Claire is making a return visit after her previous talk, several years ago. We will see where she currently is at, as she blends together images and music, and creates beautiful, approachable, and yet sometimes enigmatic digital work.

Claire Reika Wright

I was born in London right at the end of WW2 and grew up in Croydon, Surrey. Always interested and fascinated by painting I was lucky enough to have a step father who was a graduate of The Slade School of Art and who taught the subject at Royal Russell School. William Wright was an incredibly gifted artist and a sensitive enough teacher to generally leave me to my own devices, show by example and only occasionally exhort me to look and draw what I saw as faithfully as I could! At Whitgift School I was taught in a similar fashion by Henry Maslin and Frank Potter R.A.

From about the age of 18 I realized that all I really wanted to do was paint and from then on every career move I made was secretly geared towards my being able to have the time and energy to paint the pictures that I knew were inside me. Having discovered, much later on, that my great grandfather and two great uncles had been professional artists I became even more determined.

After a number of eventful years which included getting married, going to Teacher Training College, studying art, working as an office cleaner, taxi driver, gardener, church warden and eventually as an export executive for Eschmann England, a large medical instrument manufacturer, I moved with my young family to Perth, Western Australia in 1974.

I painted whenever I could in the late seventies and eighties and held a number of exhibitions of abstract works. Finally in 1994, once my two sons had taken off to follow their dreams as musicians, I took the plunge and committed myself full time to earning a living as professional artist. I have, since then, painted almost continually and now have works in private collections and galleries around the world. I began by painting only landscapes of the rugged Western Australian South West; then for eight years figures of varying degrees of unreality (The Vividz) appeared as the central themes. In between painting abstracts and making hybrid moving image work I have continued with the Vividz theme and am now engrossed in producing a new series. The stories my paintings tell are enigmatic and are often autobiographical – maybe even the abstracts!!

I decided to return to live in England in July 2001 and since then I have held eight very successful solo exhibitions and many group shows in the Home Counties, Wales, London and Munich. After five enjoyable and informative years curating exhibitions for The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury I became once more a full time artist in 2009.

In the early 80s I started to add soundtracks to abstract paintings, studied sound engineering and worked in a variety of recording studios. The combination of the visual with sound/music is a powerful one and I have spent many years developing the skills necessary to make the combination work successfully. Long listed (4 times) and short listed in 2014 for the international digital fine art competition ‘The Lumen Prize’ and being listed by Sedition has promoted my digital art to a wider audience with my moving image work being shown around the world.

Astronomy & Star Trails – 8th January 2018

One of the most pleasing astronomy photos you can create are long exposure star trails, and they are always a real crowd pleaser. The huge bonus is that they are relatively easy to create, even with very basic equipment and some free software.

Mary McIntyre

I have had a passion for astronomy my entire life and I hope I can share that passion with you through this page. I am a passionate astrophotographer and my photos have appeared in local press and on local and national television. I am also a writer of astronomy articles and blogs and recently started writing for Sky at Night magazine.

In addition, I am a co-presenter of a radio show on a specialist astronomy radio station and have made several appearances on BBC Radio Oxford. This page contains a month by month guide to things you can see in the night sky from right here in Tackley, including times for passes of the International Space Station and Iridium satellite flares. It also contains links to a series of astronomy articles and blog posts that I’ve written.

You do not need any specialist equipment to enjoy looking at many things in the night sky. We have great skies here in Tackley, so I hope that I inspire you to go out and look up, and maybe even try some

Every Picture Tells a Story – 27th November 2017

My lectures are entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story”, and these talks are on how to set up feeding stations, build hides and photograph all aspects of fauna and flora. They also explain the equipment needed and where to photograph certain species of wildlife.

Peter Preece

My name is Peter Preece and I am a Wildlife Photographer. I hope you enjoy slowly browsing through the images shown which I hope to add to and update on a regular basis.

For many years both myself and my wife Margaret have belonged to local Photographic Societies, including Smethwick, Solihull, Droitwich and our local club, Cookhill and Studley. We are both retired and spend a lot of time travelling around the U.K. and Europe photographing everything we find, from insects to animals.

Over the last 12 years we have visited about 900 venues where Peter has shown his illustrated talks to Natural History Societies, Photographic Societies, W.I.’s, Probus Clubs and other organisations interested in Wildlife.

A lot of our photography is done from hides situated in areas where we attract in birds such as jay, buzzard, nuthatch etc. and are based in Warwickshire close to where we live. These hides are baited up every two days to set up feeding stations which have produced many successful images in national and international exhibitions for both ourselves and people who have been invited to these hides.

Africa to the Arctic – 30th October 2017

James is from Bewdley and is a winner of the Telegraph ‘Big Picture’ competition and overall winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014. He has achieved a Special Mention Award in International Travel Photographer of the Year. We look forward to seeing his stunning images.

James Boardman Woodend

I have been a keen photographer for a rather embarrassing number of years. I enjoy most types of photography, but most of all, I enjoy images of nature and wildlife.

In 2014 I was fortunate enough to win the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year. I have also had a Special Mention Award in Interenational Travel Photographer of the Year & a winning image in International Garden Photographer of the Year.

My work has been published in many magazines, newspapers & on TV – I have also taken part in exhibitions at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and also at the Royal Geographical Society.

I have also been fortunate to have 2 of my images appear on the NASA run Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD).

Movement in Photography – 9th October 2017

My latest talk for photographic or camera clubs is about “Movement in Photography“.  Covering the effect of camera movement, subject movement, and both together.

Derek Gale

I’ve been a professional photographer for the whole of this millennium (!), but have been an enthusiastic photographer most of my life.  I’m passionate about my photography, and I also love looking at other people’s photographs and learning from them.

On becoming a professional, my contemporary portrait and wedding photography was quickly recognised by my peers with numerous awards, including the Master Photographers’ Association Regional and National Awards. My images have been published in the Observer colour supplement, France magazine, the journal of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), the RPS Portfolio One, national newspapers, international textbooks and trade magazines, and I have hundreds of images in the Alamy photo library.

My real passion however is for imaginative and mysterious Fine Art Photography, with creative use of texture and colour. This is now the focus of my professional work. Visit my Fine Art Photography page to learn more.

Passion for photography has also inspired me to help others improve their own photographic skills and creativity, particularly helping photographers to find new ways of seeing.  I’m honoured to be a regular tutor for Royal Photographic Society workshops in Bath, as well as offering you bespoke photographic training.