Thursday 7th February 2019.
This week we have one of the members of Durham Photographic Society, Neil Maughan ARPS. EFIAP, MPAGB, gave his presentation, "WORKS"
Neil started by showing us a quick succession of images illustrating his breadth of photography.
Urban Exploration Photography (urbanex for short) is one of the many themes Neil enjoys, and he showed us a selection of images from his adventures. One of which stood out for me, a crumbling old hospital ward with a red fire hose just lying on the floor. A desk that looked as though the occupant had just left for a cup of tea and never returned.
Famous Trees, A trip around the country looking at the famous trees such as "Lone Buttermere" dissecting the distant valley where he met a group of overseas visitors taking the same shot, and on up to Alnwick for the dead tree. Seven Sisters with a lone dog walker in silhouette.
Architectural Photography, from his "Corkscrew Spiral" to the symmetry of the underground escalators entitled "Rush Hour" depicting a lone traveller coming off the escalator. Some fine examples of mono photography.
Neil showed some fine examples of his style of portraiture, from the Old Man in the Bath to his father drinking tea in the kitchen. Not forgetting the schoolboy and his crooked cap, "First Day at School", Sports comes in here also, a stunning capture of two boxers in the ring with sweat flying in all directions after the "punch". Some Cage fighting images from the ringside shot through the cage. Portraits played a big part in Neil's success with his ARPS panel.
"Summer Starts" at Appleby horse fair, along with thousands of people crowding the hillside and river bank. Neil meets and photographs the friendly and travellers at the fair. Some racing their stead's at silly speeds and others bartering for a sale.
Along the way Neil had many anecdotes about the people he met and the places he visited.
Neil took questions from members, I thanked him on behalf of the club. A good evening's entertainment.