Programme of Talks 2016 – 2017

5 September: Welcome to HPS Evening

HPS welcomes new and returning members with a preview of the forthcoming Programme of Talks and introductions to the various internal specialist groups.

12 September: Ann M Holmes (Hebden Bridge)

Ann’s photography reflects the rich variety, heritage and detail within the local landscape. She has begun to explore some of the UK’s most remote coastal locations which by their very geography, attracts the most inclement of weathers and dramatic light.

19 September: Dougie Wallace (London)

Internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects and a distinct direct style of expressive street photography, his work has extensively been featured in international publications including the New York Times, The Sunday Times and Germany’s Stern Magazine.

Dougie has several published books including ‘Stags, Hens and Bunnies, A Blackpool Story’, ‘Shoreditch Wild Life’ and most recently ‘Road Wallah’.

26 September: Oliver Wright (Leeds)

Oliver’s wildlife and macro work is frequently in the national press and also in BBC Wildlife, Digital Photography and Grand Designs magazines.  For the last three years his work has been exhibited in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Note: Monthly Print Competition 1 entries due in.

3 October: Homer Sykes (Bromley)

Homer is a renowned magazine and portrait photographer. His principal commissions in Britain were for the weekend colour supplements such as The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, You and The Sunday Express magazines. He has also covered weekly news for Newsweek, Time, and the former Now! magazine, covering conflicts in Israel, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, as well as general news in the UK. Homer has numerous books published and his work is owned by many private collectors and national collections.

10 October: Nicola Taylor (Malton)

After becoming disenchanted with a career in the City of London, Nicola retrained as a fine art photographer. Her haunting and imaginative photographs were born from her desire to re-engage with the stories of her childhood.

Inspired by the brooding Yorkshire landscape and her Grandmother’s stories, she creates dreamy visual fairy tales. Her images are self portraits, taken with a remote control. Each one is a labour of love, consisting of many images painstakingly stitched together in the computer to create a world that doesn’t exist in reality.

17 October: Phil Fisk (London)

Phil is a London based advertising and editorial photographer. He works primarily for the weekend magazines and UK television companies. He spends what time is left working on personal projects that focus primarily on the peoples and landscapes of Britain.

Note: Annual Print Competition entries due in.

24 October: Julian Calverley (Hertfordshire)

Julian lives in Hertfordshire and divides his time between assigned work and personal landscape photography.

At home both in the studio and on location, shooting people, landscape, lifestyle, automotive and underwater, his cinematic style, mixed with a resourceful and passionate nature, has gained him a solid and trusted reputation with clients worldwide.

His personal landscape pieces has spurred Julian on to make his work available in the form of editioned large format archival pigment prints. In 2014, Julian published #IPHONEONLY – a collection of dramatic landscape photos taken on his iPhone.

31 October: ‘The Female Perspective’ – HPS members Sophia Morgans, Regina Wilkinson and Ross Billows present a selection of recent work.

Note: The Monthly Print Competition round 2 entries due in.

7 November: Jack Lowe (Newcastle) – The Lifeboat Station Project

Jack Lowe is a professional photographer based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Lifeboat Station Project is a 5 year mission to capture the spirit behind a vital piece of our unique island life — the RNLI community. Travelling in Neena (a decommissioned NHS ambulance) his mobile gallery/darkroom, Jack will be visiting all 237 RNLI Lifeboat Stations in the UK and the Republic of Ireland working with Victorian photographic methods.

The project is regularly featured in the national press, including a piece about the work on BBC1’s Countryfile in January 2016.

14 November: Annual Print Competition (Prints)

Portrait and Figure
Architecture and General Record

Judge: Gerry M Padgett LRPS DPAGB APAGB (note: this is a change from the printed programme)

21 November: Annual Print Competition (Prints)

Open Panel
Sport and Action

Judge: Guy Davies ARPS, EFIAP, EPSA

28 November: Mark Littlejohn (Cumbria)

Mark is an award winning landscape photographer based on the edge of the English Lake District. He was named the Take a View’s Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014. He specialises in moody, atmospheric early morning conditions and offers bespoke one-to-one workshops and Lakeland tours.

Mark’s corporate clients include Hunter Boots, Lake District Hotels and Lake District Estates, amongst others.

Note: Monthly Print Competition 3 entries due in.

5 December: Annual Print Competition (Prints)

Street Photography

Judge: Andrew Rothery

12 December: HPS QUIZ NIGHT

The final meeting of 2016 and a chance to test your knowledge of photography!


9 January: President’s Evening – Chris Hopkins – Woodland Echoes

Note: Annual Projected Digital Image Competition entries due in,
           Monthly Print Competition 4 entries due in.

16 January: Chris Martin (South Africa)

Chris is a British born professional wildlife photographer and currently based in Johannesburg. He is a qualified Field Guide, registered with the Field Guides of Southern Africa (FGASA) and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in the UK. He is currently a member of the African Nature Training guiding team, helping students to better both their wildlife photography and that of their future clients.

He also offers guided wildlife photographic safaris and workshops for photographers of all abilities who want to extend their photographic creativity and capture wildlife images.

23 January: Alison Baskerville (Birmingham)

Alison is a photojournalist and documentary photographer. She studied at Westminster University and has a MA in photojournalism. Her career started in the RAF where she served for 12 years seeing active service in Bosnia and Iraq. It was whilst in Iraq that she became inspired to capture her surroundings on an old Nikon film camera and gave her the motivation and desire to change career paths and become a photojournalist.

Alison’s work focuses on conflict, social and domestic issues around the world, including in Afghanistan, Mali, Israel/Gaza and the Philippines. Her photographs have been published in The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and BBC online and commissions have included Plan International, Care International and the Royal British Legion focussing on the long term effects of conflict on the local population.

30 January: Annual Projected Digital Image Competition (1st of 4 evenings)

Judge: David Goodier LRPS LSWWP

• Portrait & Figure
• Landscape

Note: Monthly Print Competition 5 entries due in.

6 February: Annual Projected Digital Image Competition (2nd of 4 evenings)

Judge: Christine Hodgson BA (Phot), ARPS, CPAGB

• Nature
• Sport
• Open Panel

13 February: Yan Wang Preston (Hebden Bridge) – Mother River

Mother River is Yan’s four year photographic study about her motherland, China. Yan set out to photograph the Yangtze River using a large plate camera at 63 Y points which correlate to precisely 100 kilometre points along the Yangtze River, making up an epic journey of 6,320 km across China.

NOTE: Yan’s Mother River project will be on display at Impressions Gallery in Bradford from 31 March to 24 June 2017.

CHANGE OF DATE: Yan was recently selected to be a finalist for the Sygenta Photography Award. This talk has been moved forward from 27 February (as listed in our printed programme).

20 February: Annual Projected Digital Image Competition (3rd of 4 evenings)

Judge: Stephen Dean LRPS

• Architecture & Record
• Creative
• Monochrome
• Street

Note: Deadline for entries to YPU annual competition.

27 February: Monty Trent (Leeds)

For many years Monty was involved in camera groups in Hertfordshire. He joined HPS and this evening is a chance for Monty to showcase several personal projects that he has worked on.

Note: Monthly Print Competition 6 entries due in.

6 March: Annual Projected Digital Image Competition (4th of 4 evenings)

Judge: Gerry Padgett LRPS, DPAGB

• Outings
• Pictorial

13 March: FILM NIGHT

(note: this is a change from the printed programme)


20 March: Paul Kenny (Berwick-upon-Tweed)

It is a huge pleasure to have Paul Kenny return to HPS and present recent works from his series Seaworks and O’Hanami – re-imaginings of objects found along the shoreline and forest floors of Great Britain.

The O Hanami series is named after the Japanese festival that celebrates the few short days of cherry blossom blooms before they are swept away by the wind. Inspired by a trip to Japan, this series considers the passing of the seasons and the ephemeral beauty flora, fauna and in found objects.

Environmentally minded, Paul is insistent that, although experimental, his work is first and foremost photography and cites the influence of land artists including Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy. Paul’s work is held in collections including the National Media Museum, Bradford; the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Goldman Sachs; and the Deutsche Bank Collection.

27 March: Peter Mitchell (Leeds)


(note: this is a change from the printed programme)

 3 April: Marta Kochanek (Birmingham)

Marta is a photographer and film director. Marta was offered the opportunity to spearhead a large, independent archival project for Annie Leibovitz in New York in 2011. She has assisted Annie Leibovitz on set for shoots for Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Marta’s photographs have been shown several times in both group and solo exhibitions, including Mall Galleries in London, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the MAC – Birmingham, as well as Verge Art Brooklyn and Leslie & Lohman Museum in New York. In 2014, Marta was invited to join the Daegu Biennial in South Korea.

Recent clients include Intelligent Life Magazine and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

10 April: Marc Wilson (Bath) 

Marc is a professional photographer working on both long term projects and commercially since 2004. His projects document human interaction in the landscape, through subjects of memory, history and society.

His first book The Last Stand was published in 2014 and documents the wartime coastal defences of North-West Europe and the memories and histories they contain. His latest on-going project A Wounded Landscape documents the remnants of the Holocaust.

Marc’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, both in the UK and internationally in Athens, Milan, Grenoble & New York.

17 April: Easter Monday – no meeting!

21 April (Friday): Annual Dinner and Presentation of Awards

24 April: AGM + Preview of 2017/2018 Programme

Including Member’s Mobile Phone Photographs.

An evening dedicated to exploring the creative potential of the mobile phone as a camera.

(note: the date has been changed from that in the printed programme)

Election of Officers and discussion of current concerns.
(Items for discussion required by 21 March).

Meetings are held at 7.30 pm on Mondays in
The Friends Hall, Homestead Road, Harrogate HG1 5QR unless otherwise stated below.
Presentations will be via projected images unless otherwise stated.

* denotes YPU/PAGB member/lecturer or judge.

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