Eric Robertson, 12" behind the Lens.
Eric's presentation title is based on Ansel Adam's quote;
"The single most important component of a camera is the 12 inches behind it".
Originally from Carnoustie Scotland but now settled in the North East. Eric is a former member of Ryton & District Camera Club. He now combines his appreciation of art with photography, His own quote "Half Close Your Eyes" to see the picture and not just the detail within. All in his quest to improve his own photography. He explained Roger Sperry's "split brain" theory, to use your right brain(creative side) to "see" the composition not just the detail within. That as a group, photographers are unique in that they are constantly looking and seeing their environment for the appreciation of others.
He went on to explain with the use of images by Caravaggio, Turner, Michael Kenna, Cartier Bresson the "guidelines" of art and their influence to photography. From aerial perspective, the rule of thirds, diagonals and one main subject in your composition. All delivered with humour and anecdotes of his travels.
Eric is a frequent visitor to Tibet, and has been travelling and trekking there for over 14 years with his good friend Tom. Sadly no longer his companion. He now travels alone, flying into Lukla airport and setting off from there. Eric showed some of his images of Everest and the grab shots taken during his treks. Some taken with his iphone, from mountain valleys to shadows of Yaks and pots drying in the sun.
Eric is a volunteer with the charity "Daft As A Brush" and asked that in lieu of a fee we make a donation.
Eric finished with a question session and our members showed their appreciation.