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Speakers' Day and AGM

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A chance to hear two professional photographers talking about landscape photography and to take part in the AGM of the landscape group.



10:00 - Welcome - Richard Ellis

10:05 - Understanding and working in abstraction - Doug Chinnery

11:10 - Break

11:20 - AGM and review of 2021 - Richard Ellis

12:00 - Break

12:05 - The usefulness of projects in landscape photography - Mark Banks

13:00 - Close 

There will be no recording of the talks, so in order to see/hear them, you need to attend and watch them live.


Speaker profiles


Doug Chinnery

Understanding and Working in Abstraction

Doug will begin with a brief overview of how he began life as a full-time professional traditional landscape photographer (with a love of making natural abstracts) and what led to him leaving this style of image making behind as he moved into working with intentional camera movement and multiple exposure techniques.

He will then explore the difficulties of understanding and working with abstraction and how to make compelling abstract images (in any style) and discuss why he finds them so satisfying. Using not only his own images but also the work of many fine abstract photographers and artists, he will illustrate the points he develops in an effort to help the audience see the creative possibilities that lie in abstract photography and how they might incorporate it in their own portfolios.

Doug’s bio states:

“No artist tolerates reality” – Nietzsche

Based in England, I am an artist and the camera is my principle medium.
I am driven to make work which reflects my love of abstraction. Focusing on details rather than the wider world, I try to tease out beauty from the mundane and the often overlooked.

I face an ongoing struggle to understand and work with composition, colour, contrast, shape and form – but, for me, this is also where the joy lies in doing what I do.

Inspired principally by painters such as Rothko, Ryman, Feiler and Hodgkin, I also dabble in mixed media abstract painting and collage as well as occasionally writing fairly awful poetry.

I have exhibited in London, Germany and in galleries across the UK. The first edition of my book, ‘Abstract Mindedness’, published by Kozu Books, has now sold out. I have won no awards. I am not an influencer. Rather, I revel in obscurity with my wife and our two dogs, Eddie & Lily.

“Never knowingly understood”


Mark Banks

The usefulness of projects in landscape photography

Mark is a big advocate of creating cohesive bodies of work to form a project. In this talk, Mark will demonstrate why using examples of his work and how this may improve your own photographic skills

Mark’s bio states:

Mark is a professional landscape photographer and educator based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. His passion for the subject comes from the love of travel and being outdoors in remote places. He studied electronics in the ‘90s and subsequently repaired and sold electronic products in the retail industry until his passion for photography became too great and turned his hobby into a profession.

Mark learnt the art of landscape photography using an Ebony large format film camera before converting to digital in the mid 2000’s. He currently uses Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop for all image processing. Mark is represented by Athena Art online gallery for print purchases.

Mark has been teaching landscape photography and post-processing for over 20 years and runs photography workshops around the UK and abroad. He also teaches for the Royal Photographic Society, Joe Cornish Galleries and Dawn 2 Dusk Photography.



Event Organiser

Richard Ellis


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