Thursday 16th November

Another great last night – this time courtesy of our sponsors, Sony, who are supporting Terry Donnelly, our guest for the evening.  Terry is an extraordinarily talented photographer, who contrary to the common call to ‘specialise’ works across  many disciplines – as David Harris put, Terry is a real polymath of photography, working across architecture, sports, fine art, creative and military aircraft – plus any spot in between. He holds a remarkable number of awards and distinctions, being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, the Societies of Photographers and the British Photographic Exhibitions, as well as holding a Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.  He is very successful commercial photographer, as well as a prolific participant in national and international salons – his photograph of all his awards and ribbons was  simply astounding with over 200 international awards and several ‘Photographer of the Year’ awards!

A really lively and engaging speaker, the fist half focused on the virtues of Sony’s mirror-less full frame developments with plenty of tips and guidance on getting the best from your camera whatever its spec.  We very much enjoyed seeing some of Terry’s work as well, his FRPS panel on the London Underground, the Victoria Baths and a derelict convent.  It was fascinating to note that despite Terry unbound enthusiasm and tenacity in getting the shot he wants how sensitive he was as well when it came to respecting the past lives and inhabitants of now unused, empty places. A real treat of an evening.

We were pleased to have Sony representatives with us last night and  our local sponsor, the London Camera Exchange, so it was a very packed evening.  Thanks to them all – and of course to Peter Rocchiccioli who secures our sponsorship, including the support we have from them for our Annual Exhibition catalogue.

I was sorry to hear that Frank Adams had a fall while visiting his son in RSA, and that he had cracked two ribs.  I’m not sure if Frank had to stay on to recover or if he’s now back in the UK, but if you’re reading this Frank, all good wishes for a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Terry Donnelly – our speaker last night

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