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Benjamin Graham: “Developing Personal Vision and Visual Style” @ Cowdray Hall
Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

“Developing Personal Vision and Visual Style”


A fully illustrated presentation in two parts (of approximately thirty-five to forty-five minutes each) covering a number of topics, including:

  • ​Personal Vision – What? Where? How?
  • Imagination/representation – Right Brain/Left Brain Conundrums
  • Composition with Tone, Texture, Line and Shape
  • 2-Dimensional Interpretations of 3-Dimensional Scenes
  • Rule Compliance & Defiance
  • Masters of the Art – Examples from some of The Greats
  • Developing Personal Vision with Visual Style
  • Dedication, Passion & Inspiration
  • Creativity, Interpretation & Experimentation
  • Personal Projects
  • Epiphany Moments
  • Finding your Place

Benjamin Graham is an internationally published freelance photographer, college photography tutor and occasional filmmaker based in the south of England, who seems to spend most of his life on the road and on location in a campervan…

He has been creatively motivated by photography for over forty years, but his interest became obsessive around 2010. He began practising semi-professionally in 2014 and his body of commissioned and published material has gradually evolved since then.

In October of 2017 he was honoured beyond words to be named the UK Landscape Photographer of the Year, winning first prize in the ‘Take a View’ LPOTY competition – so it seems only appropriate that you should all now refer to him as: El Poty.

In addition to LPOTY 2017, he was a category finalist in OPOTY 2017 (the outdoor photographer of the year competition); eight of his images, across three categories, were shortlisted for OPOTY 2016; and he was an OPOTY 2015 finalist. With his series ‘Artists in Residences’ he was in the initial shortlist stage of the 2013 Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery competition.

Benjamin is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of Great Britain’s coast, countryside and architecture through his photography, examples of which regularly appear in major newspapers, magazines and online editorial galleries. The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Observer, The Mail, The Express and The Mirror all feature his work and he has had images published in numerous countries, including the US, Italy, France, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Russia, Australia and China.

His work is represented nationally and internationally by Barcroft Media and Getty images.

He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with students and aficionados of photography and regularly gives illustrated presentations to photographic societies, schools and colleges. He hosts workshop tours in beautiful regions of the UK and has residential creative photography courses running throughout the academic year at West Dean College, near Chichester.

For those interested in advancing their photography technique through personal mentoring, Benjamin offers one-to-one and small group tuition. He also teaches post-production image refinement and interpretation methods using Adobe software.

Please get in touch through his website:

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PDI Competition – Round 1: “Open” @ Cowdray Hall
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Projected Digital Image (PDI) – Round 1: “Open”.

Judge: Rosemary Wilman HonFRPS APAGB

Round 1 of the PDI Competition League; three rounds altogether during the season.

Visitors welcome – £5 on the door.

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Viveca Koh FRPS: “A Photographer’s Perspective – My Life Through a Lens” @ Cowdray Hall
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

“A Photographer’s Perspective: My Life Through a Lens “

Viveca’s third lecture follows on from her first two – ‘Urban Exploration to Fine Art: A Photographic Journey’ and ‘iPhoneography to Fellowship: My Continuing Journey’. In this talk she will discuss the various photographic techniques that she has been experimenting with, continuing to develop her work and the way that she sees things.

She will be showing monochrome photographs shot in locations in Venice and the UK, a portrait commission from Tim Andrews (involving a man with Parkinson’s Disease who has been photographed during the last eight years by 370 different photographers), and experimentations with a Holga 120 film camera. Viveca will be sharing some new iPhone images, a method of photographic capture that she still greatly enjoys and uses regularly, and of course there will be images featuring the texture overlays that she loves to work with, including a series of vintage postcards.

There will also be a series of colour photos processed in an ‘analogue’ style to replicate shots taken with an old camera, composites capturing the essence of a rainy day in London, and a set of pictures entitled ‘Treasures of the Chateau’, based on beautiful objects discovered in France.
With this talk Viveca is aiming to demonstrate the new directions in which she is heading, as well as showing more of the style of work that is familiar to viewers of her previous presentations.

About Viveca Koh FRPS

Viveca is a self-taught Fine Art photographer who sees potential images everywhere around her, often things that many seem to miss or simply pass by. Abandoned buildings are a passion of hers, as are the details of places that attract her eye, the minutiae that collects in hidden corners, the small parts of bigger things that are fascinating in their own right. She enhances many of her photographs with texture layers and overlays, experimenting with digital double exposure, using old documents that she has collected to add a different dimension to the work in question.

Following on from her previous distinctions LRPS and ARPS she attained Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society in 2014. She is a member of the RPS Visual Art Group and Digital Imaging Group, and Honorary Secretary of the former.

She has exhibited in a number of venues, and all her photographs are sold via her website as signed numbered Limited Edition Giclée Fine Art prints.

Testimonials on this presentation and her work in general.

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Practical – Camera Basics: “Seeing the Picture” @ Cowdray Hall
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Andy Cantlon will be looking at iconic photos, the cameras used and see how that is relevant to today’s equipment.  He will also quickly look at camera settings, image processing and have a Q and A session for any questions arising.  Spoiler – your current gear is almost certainly good enough.

People should bring their own cameras: there will be a practical element to demonstrate the difference between how you see light and your camera records it, but the emphasis will be on being inspired by the work of others!

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Print Competition – Ladies and Gentlemen’s Trophies @ Cowdray Hall
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

“Open” (non-league)

Judge:  Roger Smith

Two competitions run together – one for ladies and one for men

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Practical: “I’ll be the Judge of That” @ Cowdray Hall
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Print competition – non league

The modern definition of landscape is very broad – land or sea, urban or nature and big or small.  But in this case the picture taken must be within 50 miles of Midhurst.

Hosted by PJ

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Alan Frost ARPS: “Me & My Mono” @ Cowdray Hall
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Me & My Mono

Alan’s presentation “Me and My Mono” demonstrates his passion for his photography and the craft with which he delivers his images. We’ll hear how he developed his personal style and gain insights into the advantages of using monochrome for certain situations, which many of us might otherwise take in colour. He is happy to answer questions about his technique and is renowned for interacting knowledgeably, and with great humour, with his audience.

Alan Frost ARPS

Alan says: “I love making fine art images in black and white; whether they are land or seascapes, buildings or people, abstract work, etc… I could go on. Quite simply anything which attracts my eye. ‘Variety is the spice of life’ and I apply this motto to my choice of subject matter.

Prior to the beginning of 2012 I largely worked in colour, but following a visit to the Isle of Eigg off the West Coast of Scotland, I converted a seascape to monochrome. In the process I discovered for myself the beauty of black and white and have never looked back.”

In April 2017 Alan was awarded an Associate Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society. He is a member of The Image Circle, a group of six like minded photographers who staged their first exhibition in November 2017 at The Oxmarket Centre of Arts in Chichester.


Website: Alan Frost Photography
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Print Competition: Round 1 – “A Rainy Day” @ Cowdray Hall
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Judge:  Rob de Ruiter

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Practical: Low Light Photography @ Cowdray Hall
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Details to be confirmed

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Philip Lymbery: “From Focal Length to Farmageddon: My Photographic Journey” @ Cowdray Hall
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

From Focal Length to Farmageddon

A personal foray into animals – both domesticated and wild – and their landscapes; capturing characters, personality and mystique through the lens of an advocate, enthusiast and author.

This is the story of how long journeys to remote parts of Brazil and Sumatra led naturalist and author, Philip Lymbery, to discover a whole new world of expression and reflection: through his camera. Running with indigenous tribes in the Amazon, sleeping rough in the territory of Asian tigers, and a near-death experience with a mysterious falling tree; these are just some of the experiences that bonded this writer with the previously foreign medium of film. Well, digital RAW files to be precise. From there, a simple kit lens turned into lots of kit; and the simple pleasure of a straightforward photo was no longer enough. Lymbery found himself on a treadmill, searching for that ‘perfect’ picture. Now, assignments abroad and holidays to islands like Lundy, Mull or Scilly, or crack-of-dawn walks around the home farm in West Sussex, are punctuated with pictures. All with an eye for something just a little bit different. ‘Field guide’ shots of wildlife no longer cut it. Instead, this enthusiast is looking to capture in his subject that spark of individuality. Through a personal selection of favourite images, Lymbery will unpack why words alone are now no longer enough in his quest to bring out character and personality through his photography.


Animal advocate, naturalist and author, Philip Lymbery is CEO of leading international animal welfare environmental organisation, Compassion in World Farming. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester. He lives on a farm in Rogate, West Sussex. His books include Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat (Bloomsbury, 2014), Farmageddon in Pictures (Bloomsbury, 2017) and Dead Zone: Where the wild things were (Bloomsbury, 2017).

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