20th January 2016 - A photographic double act

The club was entertained by two speakers recently who worked almost as a comedy double act. They were Adrian Langdon and David Chapman from Cornwall, both excellent wildlife and landscape photographers. There were jokes aplenty scattered throughout their two-handed presentation of five sections apiece. And whilst they both have different interests the common factor was their love of nature in all its forms.
Adrian’s presentations included shoots in Norway, Hungary, Finland and America. Each of these assignments underlined the patience needed to obtain his pictures and very often the ability to endure extreme weather conditions as well as a willingness to get up very early. This was particularly so in his shots of artic ducks and musk ox in Norway. It was also very interesting to see pictures of really unusual creatures such as burrowing owls and egrets with their plumes on display.
However, it was his images of brown bears on the Finland/Russian border that were perhaps the most memorable. Adrian’s dry humour and commentary provided a perfect foil for his more exuberant colleague David Chapman.
David, a professional photographer, presented sections not only on landscape photography but also his work for publications such as Cornwall Today and the Caravan Club magazine. Donning appropriate knitwear -jumper and wildlife knitted hats – he soon had the audience amused and interested. His work also included a section on the Marine and Natural History degree course he tutors. Wildlife conservation was also another of David’s interests and this was shown in his photo journalism features on bird ringing and water vole conservation. As with Adrian’s ability to show something different so too did we have this in Adrian’s section on the Isle of Man where it was surprising to learn that redneck wallabies are quite common and the tailless Manx cat had been deliberately bred after an initial mutation.