18th February 2015 - Ian Wright's 'Window on the World'

In the first of two planned visits, Ian Wright returned to the club to present his ‘Window on the World’ – and what a world it was. In one sense Ian could be classified as a travel photographer but that would belie the real focus of his photography. A strong believer in ‘photo essays’, Ian’s work presents images of distant places that are not your usual travel landscapes. He is far more interested in the people and their lifestyles and in areas which are generally not seen by tourists.
For Ian his photography is all about ‘being there’ and having an awareness of the life around him.
Shooting with lightweight Fuji cameras makes it easier to move about and to be less conspicuous.
The club was shown a large number of prints featuring ordinary people going about their daily lives in places such as India, Bolivia, Viet Nam, Australia and Cuba. What was particularly striking was the impact these pictures had and in the second part of his talk Ian showed just how this was achieved.
Initially Ian processes his images using Lightroom and then exports them into Photoshop for the finishing touches but it was with his use of plug-in filters that he showed how you can make your images obtain an extra dimension. One such shot of a cremation ceremony on the banks of the Ganges (very respectfully taken) was built up by carefully brushing in a tonal adjust feature to those part of the image that would benefit from a colour boost using varying levels of opacity. The finished picture was a considerable improvement on the original.
Equally stunning were pictures of modern architecture in Melbourne taken with a fish-eye lens which brought out the intricacies of the design and the sweeping outlines of the new buildings. Ian’s next visit is in April and is eagerly anticipated.