Sunderland Photographer’s Profiles

Sunderland Photographer’s Profiles

To coincide with Sunderland Photographic Association’s online exhibition and World Photography Day on Wednesday 19 August, we have interviewed two prize winning photographers from Sunderland Photographic Association and two members of the ClickClick Club. These artist profiles include tips, experiences and fun stories from expert and amateur photographers: Geoff Bradshaw, Kelly Ann Taylor, John Doyle and Craig Burt.

Sunderland Photographic Association was founded in 1888 and its Annual Exhibition has always been the highlight of each season. This year’s exhibition includes a wide variety of colour and monochrome work including portraiture, landscapes, nature, street photography, still life and creative images produced by combining several photographs. The Association meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month from September to April. More information can be found on its website www.sunderlandpa.com.

The Click Click Club is a group of Deaf people or BSL users who are interested in learning about photography. Click Click Club welcomes all those with a strong personal interest in photography, amateur or professional, acknowledged artist or enthusiastic novice. The most valued feature of the club is the members themselves, as they provide the opportunity to share and benefit from the ideas and expertise of fellow members who are deaf and share the same language and culture. The Click Click Club meet once a month on Friday evening in Sunderland Deaf Society to take part in a varied programme of events: https://www.facebook.com/CCClub2017/.

  • Geoff Bradshaw - Sunderland Photographic Association

    Photographer’s name: Geoff Bradshaw

    What do you enjoy the most about outdoor photography?
    For me it’s a social event, just the fact that I’m getting out and spending time with a friend or friends with similar interests.

    What is your favourite shot and why?
    I’m mainly interested in compositing images in Photoshop rather than the actual photography aspect. So, my favourite shot would be one that I can go back to later and use to create something different on my computer.

    Tell us a funny or unusual thing that happened to you while you were out taking photographs!
    For me it would have to be the Goths weekend at Whitby. It’s fun rather than funny as such but it’s unusual for me because I see people I met last time or the time before that. It’s funny in the way that I stop and chat to strangers, I don’t really know, yet sometimes, to their amazement, I give them photographs of themselves that I’ve chopped and changed in Photoshop.

    What are the challenges you face with outdoor photography?
    My photography is about collecting images and compositing them into something different. My images are intended to differ from photographs in that they challenge the imagination of the viewer to interpret what they see rather than what the photographer wanted to capture or portrait.

    If you could share only one piece of advice about how to take a beautiful shot, what would it be?
    A lot happens, in a computer, between clicking the shutter and printing an image so take care to ensure your image is properly processed for printing. Always pre-sharpen your images to compensate for the printing process.

    Wait for the Tram by Geoffrey Bradshaw
  • Kelly Ann Taylor - Click Click Club

    Photographer’s name: Kelly Ann Taylor

    What do you enjoy the most about outdoor photography?
    I enjoy being outside soaking up the natural beauty of the world and exploring new and exciting places. Photography takes me to places I never would have visited before, it gives me a sense of purpose to get out there.

    What is your favourite shot and why?
    My favourite photography is a landscape shot I captured on my way to Inverness on A9. The road between Perth and Inverness is one of my favourite roads, it is so ambient driving along on a quiet country road, the view is amazing and it reminds me of my friends and family and of my time growing up in Scotland. The picture I took holds a thousand memories for me.

    Tell us a funny or unusual thing that happened to you while you were out taking photographs!
    I was taking a photo of the cromer pier pavilion in Norfolk, waiting for the perfect shot and the waves crashed and went over my head. I was soaked from head to toe and my camera broke

    What are the challenges you face with outdoor photography?
    The challenges I face with outdoor photography is getting the light correct and managing to capture the shot at the correct moment. I can find it frustrating when I just miss the shot of a beautiful squirrel in a tree or birds of prey swooping by.

    If you could share only one piece of advice about how to take a beautiful shot, what would it be?
    If I could share one bit of advice it would be “practice practice practice” and never give up. These three little words I hold on to, and never forget. It can be challenging at first but try and find somewhere that is special or personal to you, something that interests you, satisfies you, and really speaks to you. That is how you can take a beautiful shot.

     

    The Road to Inverness by Kelly Ann Taylor
  • John Doyle - Sunderland Photographic Association

    Photographer’s name: John Doyle

    What do you enjoy the most about outdoor photography?
    The fact that there pictures everywhere, it is just finding the good ones.

    What is your favourite shot and why?
    I have many shots I really like but not a favourite however the next shot I take I hope will be my favourite.

    Tell us a funny or unusual thing that happened to you while you were out taking photographs!
    I was on Seaburn promenade taking pictures of the rough sea and a middle age couple can passed me. The woman said to the man I do not mind getting wet. Two minutes later a big wave hit the promenade and shot high into the air. It when came crashing down onto the promenade and run along the whole wide of the promenade pinning the couple up against the far wall. They were both soak to their skins.
    (See below for what happened next )

    What are the challenges you face with outdoor photography?
    Challenging weather conditions and poor light. Distractions within the picture.

    If you could share only one piece of advice about how to take a beautiful shot, what would it be?
    Keep revisiting the same place until the light and conditions are just right!

    Image by John Doyle
  • Craig Burt - Click Click Club

    Photographer’s name: Craig Burt

    What do you enjoy the most about outdoor photography?
    I love being outdoors, the sense of being surrounded by nature, I particularly like being in the woods capturing its beauty, with other deaf photographers.

    What is your favourite shot and why?
    My favourite shot is one I captured of a local forest, the mood was so present and representative of the beautiful colours, the dark green was out of this world, and the angles and lines were captivating.

    Tell us a funny or unusual thing that happened to you while you were out taking photographs!
    I am well known within our group of deaf photographers as always last. When we go out on trips, I am always lagging behind as I am so worried about missing the perfect shot so I take so much more than others, they are always like, ‘Where is Craig, he’s miles away’.

    What are the challenges you face with outdoor photography?
    I think for me the challenges are about capturing the angles, as there is often so much to capture, it takes time to get the frame and the angles right.

    If you could share only one piece of advice about how to take a beautiful shot, what would it be?Personally I feel if you have a particular connection with the subject, then the photographs just sing, for me it is quiet waterfalls, and it shows through my photography.

    Swinner Gill Waterfall by Craig Burt

     

     

     

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