Feb 7th – Tillman Kleinhans “Digital Do’s and Don’ts”

Article by Mal Holmes

Tillman

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The Society once again welcomed the return of Tillman Kleinhans ARPS, EFIAP/b, DPAGB, BPE3*, who has visited our Society many times over the years, as Lecturer & Judge. However, tonight he was here to deliver his lecture “Digital Do’s and Dont’s”…

Tillman’s lecture resonated with many of our older members (including myself), but in saying this, the newer members, not in age, but in photographic years of experience, who have owned only ‘digital format’ cameras, enjoyed the recollections and experience pathway which Tillman, guided us along…

Tillman, was given his first analogue camera on his 21st birthday, and this was to give him one of his life passions… As a teacher in a local secondary school (west of the river) for 11-18 year olds, Tillman, although a Science Teacher, was to use one of the first, educational copies of Adobe Photoshop in the 1990’s, and although digital cameras, had not evolved, to the ‘quality they are today, it gave Tillman a head start, experimenting with composite imagery, by taking his film negatives, and transparencies, to the schools scanner, then running them through the early editing suite, to produce some fantastic digital artworks, of pre-2000.

Tillman was able to progress this, through the years, with the advent of some of the first professional digital format cameras, bought through the school, for the purpose of student and class portraits, which in itself financed the purchasing of more evolved digital equipment.

As Tillman took our members along this evolutionary path, he displayed many of his PRINTED early digitised analogue work, which were a wonder to behold, and this of course was to hone his skills, which have won him many accolades, and enhance his standing in the photographic community as a whole.

Part 2 of Tillman’s Lecture, was to show us another of his passions… that of the photographic, Audio Visual Image (AVI’s) which Tillman has been producing since the existence of the programme ‘Pictures to EXE’… and for this second half of the night, the membership were shown, a selection of AVI’s, which in my own opinion, culminated in a moving and poignant AVI on the WW2 German massacre of residents in a small French village, named Oradour… This AVI was to stand aloud,, as an exemplar of Tillman’s AVI set…

You can learn more about the historical story of Oradour in this short Youtube video below…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TwrwJJ3G6w

To close this memorable night, our Ex-Chairman, Martin Reece MBE, gave a well deserved vote of thanks on behalf of the membership and the Society, to Tillmnan for his superb lecture…

I know from the feedback on the night, that all the membership, really got a lot out of Tillman’s most informative and enjoyable unique presentation… and we will all look forward to a repeat visit at some time in the not so distant future….

One of Tillmans, early Microsopy photographic images, a series of these where used in one of Tillmans, earliest AVI's

One of Tillmans, early Microsopy photographic images, a series of these where used in one of Tillmans, earliest AVI’s

It was the colours alone which drew Tillman to take this early shot

It was the colours alone which drew Tillman to take this early shot

One of Tillman's early analogue, digitised composite images.

One of Tillman’s early analogue, digitised composite images.

Sometimes, a straight shot is all that is needed.... Tillman had no idea why the boot was in place, but it certainly added to the composition...

Sometimes, a straight shot is all that is needed…. Tillman had no idea why the boot was in place, but it certainly added to the composition…