SUNDAY 08/02/15 Article and photos by Mal Holmes
Today, saw the ever popular Tony M. give a lecture on what motivates his image taking and development. Tony is the Society’s first contact (go to guy) for the Royal Photographic Society, and it was good to view his own passions in regards to the pictures he takes.
Tony M gives us a right ‘proper’ look into what makes a great image… looking for that unique angle which takes an ordinary image into something very special.
He began the afternoon, telling us about his early analogue cameras and skills needed to produce good chemically produced images of which he had many… his move to digital and the images he now finds which can produce just some of his award winning styles.
It was surprising to see a small selection of his ‘portrait’ images, as we all know Tony, especially for his ‘fire’ images, which has seen him travel the world in search of a good fire, invited by other fire departments, as of course he is… an ex-fireman (retired).
This portrait was taken as a grab shot, of a guy taking a ‘fag’ break at the door, with a ray of sunshine crossing his face. I’m sure all of us would agree that we could easily have thought this was a structured studio shoot, if Tony hadn’t explained the process…
Caught on a train… this image was taken (with permission). Tony gave us an insight how to capture images like this one.
Again a great mono portrait, well cropped and digitised.
Tony enjoys his time in Venice, and is on the search for an image that Martin hasn’t taken yet, but his own images on the subject aint half bad as well…
The second half of his presentation, Tony showed some holiday images… but what a holiday !!! 36,000 miles in 36 days with a round the world air ticket… his images were stunning to say the least, and I for one will look forward to part 2 whenever that comes to fruition….
Mike Lawson (SLPS Secretary) thanks Tony M for a great presentation… and Joan for organising the session.
If any members wish to go down the route of producing an RPS panel, Tony is always on hand at Society nights, to give support and information to help you progress your abilities in order to gain this most prestigious RPS award.
Tony sent the following message to all who attended on Sunday –
Could you put a small thankyou on the club web site to thank the members who came out to my sunday afternoon talk through the freezing fog and rain . I really enjoyed the afternoon showing my images to a very warm and friendly audience .
Also a big thanks to Joan Palin who without her hard work organising these events the afternoon wouldn’t happen.
Tony Myers FRPS