Events Diary

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Speaker Evening: Alan Brindle @ Cowdray Hall
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Alan Brindle @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“Brindle’s Magic Lantern Show”

Alan Brindle ARPS is a native of Derbyshire, moving to Southampton in 1967 to join the Ordnance Survey. He has been a professional photography for 45 years, specialising in wedding, portrait, commercial and environmental photography. During his career he has been the photographer for the Ordnance Survey, Coastguard, Southampton City Council and Mr Blobby.

He became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society in 1976.

Alan has been collecting all types of old photographs for 30 years, now specialising mainly in collecting Magic Lantern images of which he has a huge collection. He is a life member of the Magic Lantern Society.

Tonight Alan will be re-creating the atmosphere of the late Victorian period. The show will take you back over a hundred years to the halcyon days of the British Empire, when a quarter of the world’s land mass was coloured pink. Queen Victoria ruled and there was a great feeling of National pride and jingoism.

He will hope to thrill you all in the way Victorian audiences were thrilled and amazed by these images of faraway places they could never hope to visit.

The images themselves are all hand tinted photographs, coloured by young women with good eyesight and a steady hand.

The first half of the show will take you around the world, starting in Australia, then onto New Zealand, Canada, Greece, Italy and through Europe.

The second half will touch on the Russo-Japanese War, venture into the melodramas of the day – the soaps of the Victoria Period. We then travel around Britain, touch on religion and then finish with a crescendo of images from Japan, whose exponents were masters of 19th century photography.

Ask yourself at the end of the lecture “Have we improved our photography in the last 100 or so years?”

The answer may well be no!!!

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Members’ Interactive Evening: “Let Me Be The Judge Of That” @ Cowdray Hall
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Members' Interactive Evening: "Let Me Be The Judge Of That" @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“Let Me Be The Judge Of That”

Bring along a couple of prints and have them anonymously critiqued by other members. Also you get the chance to be a Photographic Judge.

Find out how easy, or hard it is to be a Judge. The aim is to have fun and learn about the photographic process.

Watch this space for further details.

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Speaker Evening: Rachael Talibart @ Cowdray Hall
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Rachael Talibart @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“Tides and Tempests”

Rachael Talibart will be making a very welcome return to Midhurst on 14th March with another watery presentation entitled “Tides and Tempests”.

Rachael Talibart grew up on the South Coast and studied at Southampton University. Much of her early childhood was spent at sea which has left her with a life-long fascination for the ocean in all its forms, but especially in stormy weather.

However, her first career was as a solicitor in the City of London. After practising law for several years, she started training other lawyers and for seven years worked as a professional trainer. Since leaving the City, she has supplemented her LLB with a BA in English and an MA in Victorian literature and art.

During the City years, Rachael’s friends and colleagues were used to seeing her return from trips with bags full of exposed film; the developing sometimes cost more than the trip! In 2008, she converted to digital and she says that is when the obsession really set in.

Although Rachael travels widely, she retains a special fondness for the South of England and many of her images are created there. For Rachael, nothing beats a day on an empty shore, the wilder the weather the better, and this is reflected in her work.

Rachael is a judge for the Surrey Photographic Association, a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Association and a proud member of Landscapes by Women.

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Speaker Evening: Linda Wevill FRPS @ Cowdray Hall
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Linda Wevill FRPS @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“My Fellowship and Beyond”

Linda has been passionate about photography for many years. She moved to Devon about 20 years ago and is able to combine this passion with the beautiful surroundings that she finds herself in. Linda especially enjoys experimenting with shutter speeds which enable her to capture the movement of the sea and the atmosphere of the landscape. She also enjoys experimenting with texture layers in Photoshop in order to create the ambiance she is trying to achieve. Although her main photographic interest is the landscape, she also enjoys capturing a diverse range of images, from still life to travel photography.

In May 2013, Linda was awarded her Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in the Visual Art category. In May 2014 Linda gained her EFIAP Bronze distinction (Excellence of the International Federation of Photographic Art).

Linda is an active member of the Royal Photographic Society and is on the SW Region Committee, as well as organising the SW Region Visual Art Group. Linda gives presentations of her work to camera clubs.

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Speaker Evening: Paul Mitchell FRPS @ Cowdray Hall
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Paul Mitchell FRPS @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“Woodland Ways”

Stepping into an English woodland enables one to enter a magical world that delights the senses and lifts the spirit. Paul visits woodlands throughout the year, each season having its very own characteristics. From the sights and smell of a bluebell wood in springtime to the honey dripped glory that is autumn. Paul’s talk centre’s around some of his favourite woodland locations including Burnham Beeches, Savernake Forest and various locations in the Lake District. The talk is fully illustrated with digitally projected images and prints made throughout the four seasons.

Paul has had numerous exhibitions in London and the South East and has had articles and images published in many photographic magazines. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and currently serves on the Fine Art Distinctions Panel, a member of the prestigious Arena group and a founder member of The Landscape Collective UK (LCUK). Paul is also a well respected photographic judge and lecturer.

Paul has also been successful in the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, winning the Sunday Times Choice Award in 2013 and being the Urban Category winner in 2015. He has also had recent successes in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year and the International Garden Photographer of the Year.

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Speaker Evening: Astrid McGechan @ Cowdray Hall
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Astrid McGechan @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | England | United Kingdom

“Landscape Photography and Emotion”

Landscape photography and emotion go hand in hand.

When Astrid started out in photography years ago, she did not think much about what she felt when seeing something she wanted to photograph: she just picked up the camera and pressed the shutter button to capture what she saw.

In 2010, she held her first exhibition, jointly with fellow landscape photographer Huw Alban. The strongest memory she has of that event is of a visitor, who told her that she was going through difficult times with her family. But looking at her photographs made her feel much better, they conveyed a sense of harmony, beauty and calm, she said. She returned twice over the following two weeks, each time silently taking in the work.
Astrid realised then that being able to convey an emotion with her photographs was very important to her. So she started to try and be more aware of what she felt when exploring a scene, and to determine what influence her state of mind had on the resulting photograph. Over time, this process has helped her to change the way she makes her photographs, and, hopefully, to produce photographs that convey feelings and thoughts and thus evoke an emotional response in the viewer.

Astrid is a landscape photographer based in Surrey. Since 2010, she has regularly exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and in Germany. In 2013, she was appointed Head Judge of a corporate photography competition for a multinational client, headquartered in Beijing. Her first book “The Elmbridge Hundred – A Visual Journey” was published in 2014 and she is currently working on a new book project. Her photographs have been published in the UK and Europe, and sold in the UK, Europe and US. She teaches photography at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and is a contributor to Landscapes by Women.

In this lecture, she will explain how she tries to capture her emotions of the moment in a photograph. She will be showing a selection of her images to illustrate the various techniques that she has found helpful.

The lecture, which will begin with a short introduction of herself and how she got into photography, Astrid will then take you on a light-hearted journey through her creative process, which should appeal to all levels of photographers, irrespective of their preference of subject matter.

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Speaker Evening: Caroline Fraser ARPS @ Cowdray Hall
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Caroline Fraser ARPS @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“Abstracting The Landscape”

Caroline’s interpretation of the Landscape is very individual so this talk will be about abstract landscape photography, and her forays into making books. The talk will also encompass the history of abstract landscape photography referencing other photographers.

Photography is Caroline’s passion, and is a means to express her love for nature and the peace that she finds when exploring wild places .

Using her photography as a means to express the fragility and transience of life, she prefers the intimate landscape to the bigger picture. Her favoured locations include the highlands of Scotland, Iceland and the beach at Camber Sands close to her studio at the ‘The School Creative Centre’ in Rye. She uses multiple exposure and intentional camera movement alongside traditional techniques as a means of self expression.

In 2010 she achieved the ARPS (Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society) with impressionistic images of sand and water from the Hebrides.

In 2011 she gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography at Central St Martin’s, University of the Arts, London. During this period she worked on the series ‘Springtime in Suburbia’, exploring man’s desire for law and order over nature’s tendency towards chaos in the suburban environment.

She has published a number of books and poems through her own publishing house;  Hawkwood Press. She also has her own website which can be viewed at

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Speaker Evening: Richard Veitch @ Cowdray Hall
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Speaker Evening: Richard Veitch @ Cowdray Hall | Easebourne | United Kingdom

“The Kruger National Park (Summer in December)”

A detailed look at the animals and birds of the park as the wet season commences.

“Summer in December” is a trip around the Kruger National Park in South Africa with me and my wife, Carol. It is a magical time of the year for the park and its inhabitants. The long dry season comes to an end, sometimes with a bang and floods, sometimes with a gentle soaking rain which can last for days. The daytime temperature rises quickly when the clouds clear and the animals seek shade in the heat of the afternoon. We have travelled frequently to Southern Africa, each time gaining insight to the world of the wildlife and expertise in the photography of the animals and birds we encounter.

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