Last Friday’s meeting gave four members the chance to give us “ My views on photography “ , explaining how they first became involved and where the hobby had taken them. For our first speaker, it was not, in fact, a hobby but originally a way of making a living! Having been given a camera by his father at a fairly young age, he enjoyed photographing local scenes in his local area of London, illustrating this with scenes such as images taken at the Festival of Britain. Following various career moves, including at one stage managing the J. Allan Cash photo library, he is now happily retired and an enthusiastic member of our club.
Our next speaker was Carl Flint, who, using his own work, gave the club an interesting insight into his professional work as an agronomist, which involves travelling around the south of England advising farmers and growers on crops and pest control. Although relatively new to
“ hobby “ photography, he always has a camera with him to record any
problems found. Using the images taken he was able to explain the variety of his work, but he also mentioned that since joining the club he was learning and enjoying photography more by listening to our various speakers and judges.
Next was Keith Bowsher, a long – standing member. Like many members he had owned a camera for many years but had not necessarily put it to good use – however joining the club had given him a new enthusiasm. He was given inspiration by our then chairman Roy Green –
A larger-than-life character whose enthusiasm was the driver for Keith’s
Portrait work, examples of which he showed. Keith has also developed an enthusiasm for spotting successful shots in the reflections all around us – in water, in glass buildings, or wherever he sees them. Like our other speakers, he gets much pleasure from club membership – many of his successful pictures were taken on walks around Reading on club trips.
Last was Adrian Simmonds, who, in the short time left, gave us a tour of his life in photography. Photos taken around Reading, and as part of his involvement in Readings’ schools, contrasted well with that from our other contributors. He also took us, photographically at least, to the Isle of Wight – a fitting end to a most interesting evening.
( left to right ) Carl Flint, Alan Greeley, Keith Bowsher, Adrian Simmonds.