Peter Dixon ARPS, APAGB, DPAGB
Peter, a retired printer by trade has had an interest in photography from a very early age. Peter has been a member of Whickham Photographic Club since the early 90’s and during that time has held most Executive Committee rolls at the club. Peter has long had a passion for monochrome photography, prints and printing and was to highlight this with his talk/presentation to CCC this evening .
Entitled ‘Black & White’ Peter took us on a monochrome journey both in the UK and abroad, starting with images of the Tyne bridges and other local landmarks taken in winter around sunset in a project Peter called ‘Light & Shade’.
Peter likes to set himself projects and challenges and this he showed in a selection of images taken at the SummerTyne Americana Festival where rather than the concentrating on the faces of the artists, their hands and instruments became the focal point with amazing detail. The Newcastle Mela Festival held annually at the Exhibition Park also proved productive for Peter with some stunning images of the musicians and entertainers showing that monochrome is still able to capture the ‘vibrance’ of what is an event awash with colour. Slow shutter speeds used to capture the swirling dresses of the Asian dancers proved very effective.
Peter loves to take images of wet roads and pavements, especially the cobbled streets when illuminated by street lighting where the high contrast produced some stunning results.
Peter explained how he actually captures his images in colour before converting to monochrome in post processing but was able to ‘see’ how that image would transfer to monochrome in his minds eye.
At the end of his talk Peter happily answered questions from the members and also gave a short tutorial showing how he edited his images.
Peter’s relaxed and friendly presentation along with his selection of what can only be described as ‘stunning’ monochrome images made for a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable ‘Zoom’ evening.
Thank you Peter.
Bob Finlay (President)