Chat Lines with Tony Myers F.R.P.S
Interviewing Mike McWade, Photographer
Saturday 1st February 2014
In the new phase of Chat lines which will be published on a 6 weekly basis on the South Liverpool Photographic society web site. It’s a chance for me to have a chat with various members both old and new and a chance for members to get to know fellow members. Mike was happy to chat to me about his photography, and his future plans with his main passion, photography.
Mike first started photography when he was in the police, and then joined Crosby camera club when he went along with another ex-South member Graham Pickthall who was also in the police. Mike was a Nikon owner during these early days and soon decided to join a bigger club and put his Nikon kit to the test during 1991. It was then he joined the South Liverpool Photographic Society. Many of the clubs competitions were in two separate divisions, Advanced and Intermediate, the only way to get into the Advanced section was by winning the Intermediate level entries in the monthly competition, and this wasn’t easy.
Mike wasn’t one for sitting around and soon got involved with various positions on the committee starting as the Equipment secretary, then onto the Syllabus Secretary and finally Club Secretary where he played a very active role.
Mikes photography became serious when he got a press pass to enter the stage areas for the Mathew street festival, this gave him the chance to get some unique images of the performers from close up. Being a very keen music lover he was able to combine both interests.
The year 2000 saw him pick up the Annual Competition trophies for Pictorial and Illustrative and the much sought after Portrait Trophy.
As the digital age came about it required lots of experimenting with numerous Photo shop talks and visits from some of the best teachers in the country including people like Dr Ed Sethna. Mike finally took the plunge and changed to Canon digital system, however before he made the change he took his last film shoot at the Mathew Street festival, including his award winning photographs of Bo Didley.
Many more prize winning images were to come from the Mathew street festivals.
Mike has again changed his style of photography equipment and has now off loaded all his SLR equipment for two mirrorless cameras, a Fuji x100 and a Sony RX giving him a high quality lightweight system. He spends a lot of his photography time on the street shooting mainly candid style photography of people. He does however prefer to stay away from the Adobe photo shop stereo type images and HDR type of images. Mike feels the club is moving forward in many areas including the very high quality of its lecturers, and competition judges. And a high level of photography.
Chat Lines by Tony Myers FRPS