DIG Thames Valley: Colin & Chrissie Westgate. Some from him and more from her

22 March 2020

10:00 - 15:30

Wokingham, Berkshire
Woosehill Community Hall
Emmview Close
United Kingdom
RG41 3DA

Non RPS Member£15.00 
Group Member£8.00
RPS Member£12.00 
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Colin Westgate FRPS MFIAP MPAGB APAGB: 'The Expressive Landscape'

A print presentation which seeks to answer the question "what is an 'expressive' landscape"? The camera can record what the photographer sees through the viewfinder, but it cannot record what that photographer FEELS. That is the essential element that makes images special and individual. In his talk, Colin will outline how he endeavours to achieve this aim.

Biography: Colin Westgate commenced his interest in photography in 1959, and it quickly became an essential part of his life. His early love of landscape has not diminished and he has travelled extensively, both in the UK and overseas, particularly to Iceland. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1976 and in 1990, obtained Mastership of the International Federation of Photographic Art - at the time only the second British photographer to earn this distinction. More recently, he was awarded Mastership of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. He is also a Member of the London Salon of Photography and has sat on the panels for the Royal Photographic Society's Licentiateship distinctions, and for Associate & Fellowship in Photographic Printing. He has exhibited throughout the world, gaining many awards and has been a selector at a number of home and International exhibitions. He lectures and judges at camera clubs throughout the U.K.


Chrissie Westgate FRPS: 'Mixed Blessings'
A presentation on India though the eyes of Chrissie Westgate

Biography: Chrissie is an international award-winning photographer with many years experience. She specialises in street and informal portraiture, and also enjoys all aspects of this art form.
Chrissie is a regular visitor to India and her stunning portraits have become very collectable and are held in many private collections around the world.
Chrissie says "A photographic image can expose so many emotions and almost always transcends nations. Images are such a capable and powerful way of exposing situations of conflict and misery throughout the world and offer a compelling means of bringing about change.
"The essence of being a people photographer is gratitude. I am constantly grateful for the opportunity to see and spend time with people and to make images that allow me to share what I have seen with others.
"When I am working in a country such as India, I am not just a photographer, I am also a witness. I try to have a balanced view of people and to connect with them as human beings, rather than strangers worthy of my compassion. I look for what we have in common, not for that which makes us distant. I constantly hope that I just might take a picture that will make a difference.
"I can immerse myself in all genres of photography, and see it as a privilege to be asked to photograph a wedding or take family photographs, knowing they will be treasured and stay with those families forever.
"Landscape photography, particularly around my home on Mersea Island, can be enthralling.  I find it difficult to describe that great 'inside thing' I get from creating an instant image that reflects how I felt at the moment I chose to press the shutter. However, if I had to find words, 'Harmony' and 'Delight' would spring to mind. Harmony - for at the moment of capture I am utterly captivated and absorbed in my subject whatever it might be. Delight - as so many things delight me, but encapsulating a precious moment in time, such as the light dancing on the sea, or the sun setting is such a wonderful thing to be able to do.
"I get a great feeling of satisfaction when people look into my images rather than just at them."
Chrissie's work has been displayed at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Mall Gallery, The Menier Gallery, The Royal Albert Hall, The Greenwich Museum, Liverpool Street Station and many local galleries.


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We don't yet use the online booking facility on this page, owing to the complexity of offering Season Tickets for Thames Valley Centre events.
Note: the ticket price shown above against ‘Group Member’ is the rate that applies to members of the Digital Imaging Group only. It does not apply to RPS members who are not DI Group members.

We meet at Woosehill Community Hall, in Wokingham, Berkshire

Woosehill Community Hall is less than one mile away from Wokingham Railway Station. The station is served by trains between Reading and Waterloo, and also between Reading and Gatwick. Please be aware that Sunday train services can sometimes be erratic!

Parking in the small Hall car park is for speakers and judges, those disabled or anyone bringing equipment for an event. You should park in zones A and B of the Morrisons car park adjacent. Drive past Emmview Close  and Morrisons, then turn immediately left into Fernlea Drive, and look for parking zones A and B. Walk back through Morrisons car park zones C and D to get to the Hall.

For those using SatNav, the relevant postcodes are:

  • Woosehill Community Hall: RG41 3DA
  • Morrisons Supermarket: RG41 3SW
  • Fernlea Drive: RG41 3DR.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. We suggest you bring a pack lunch, or you can purchase sandwiches etc at Morrisons Supermarket next door.

For those wishing to pay on the door or buy raffle tickets etc, please note there is a cash machine at Morrisons.

OUR INFO PACK (PDF download above) includes all you need to know about attending our events, and buying tickets.
Please use our OUR BOOKING FORM (PDF download above) for buying your tickets.

Opening times

We open the doors at 10.00am, to allow time to check-in, have some refreshments, and be ready to start the formal presentations at 10:30am.
In order to allow us to set up our equipment in a safe and orderly way, we ask you to remain in the foyer or outside the building until 10.00am unless you are a designated helper.
There is a mid-morning break, and a break for lunch. The event usually finishes about 3:30pm.

Cancellation policy

If you have purchased a Day Ticket but are unable to come, and don't tell us before the event, we will not normally offer refunds; however, we will look sympathetically at each situation. Refunds requested at least 3 days before the event will normally be granted.

Hearing and access requirements

Hearing: Our Announcers and Presenters use radio microphones and a PA system at our events.
Access: The Hall has two ‘Disabled’ parking bays with sloped wheelchair access to the ground floor venue.

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