11th April 2018 - Two very different talks

The two most recent meetings of the club have been talks about two very different kinds of photog-raphy - one very unusual and the second traditional.
The first was from professional photographer Luke Joyce from Exmouth. This was talk like no other in that Luke's photography was almost a kind of burglary - 'breaking and entering' derelict or aban-doned building so as to record these 'time capsules' before they were demolished. 'Get in, don't get caught and get out with pictures'. His enthusiasm for this kind of work very few of us would ever dream of attempting was backed up by some excellent prints of what he and his group of fellow pho-tographic vigilantes found when they finally scaled the barbed wire fences and evaded (sometimes) the security guards or the police. A self-taught photographer, Luke revealed how he had made pro-gress by taking lots of poor images, learning from them and moving into new photographic fields such as light painting. Delivered in a very off the cuff way, Luke answered many questions including 'Do you apply for permission to take these images' - to which the answer inevitably was in the nega-tive. Luke was a real character and this side of his photography contrasted strongly with his day job as a full-time school photographer. We were much entertained by his casual asides and stories of his ad-ventures as he and his mates tried to evade detection - it's not often we have a speaker who tells us that after breaking into one building he found he was in a gynaecologist's old room or that the dastardly French police had let his car's tyres down, so they could not escape. More of Luke's work was recent-ly exhibited at the Beehive in Honiton.
The second talk was from club chairman Peter Tickner on landscape photography and Dartmoor. Pe-ter had put these two presentations together so that, as he put it, when he curled up his toes, his broth-er would have an idea what to keep and what to throw away. As both of these projects are ongoing it is surely to be hoped that any toe-curling will be a long way off.
Peter presented a wide range of landscape shots showing that landscape photography comes in many forms and that providing the light is right even the most seemingly unattractive or industrial scene can make an interesting image. His second section on Dartmoor contained many images taken on club out-ings and how fortunate we are to have such a photogenic on our doorstep -including his prize-winning image 'Twilight on Dartmoor' from our November competition.