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DIG Committee

The people who help to run the DIG
Chair: Ian Race

I have been taking photographs since my late teens, graduating to SLRs in my twenty’s. I am still somewhat old school in trying to get as much right in the camera. Until recently, however, I have never had time to concentrate on improving my photography and processing skills.

I think that I have a long way to go to get to the standard that I want to reach, which includes gaining LRPS and then ARPS distinctions.

I like to take photographs of whatever interests me and at the moment I am experimenting with a variety of different ideas.

Secretary: Lyn Phillips LRPS

Lyn has had a passion for photography since getting her first camera at the age of eight – yes a long time ago! Her preference is ‘to shoot the moment’ rather than planning a shot and so street photography and the ‘light of landscape’ are her preferred genres. That said, she’ll have a crack at anything and everything as her eclectic LRPS panel demonstrated! On that note, Lyn learnt more about photography and herself while preparing for assessment: an indecisive perfectionist, prone to hysteria and with a pathological hate of printers! She is currently Secretary of Middleton-on-Sea Camera Club in Sussex.

Treasurer: Trevor Pogson LRPS

My interest in photography started when I was given a secondhand Kodak ‘grey box’ camera in the late 60s.

As my photography progressed I experimented with Cibachrome and colour printing from negs,  but I mainly stayed with transparencies until I bought my first digital SLR in 2002..

When I retired, photography became my ‘full time’ hobby and I went to college to study photography, where I attained my LRPS. Whilst I consider myself a ‘generalist photographer’, my main areas of interest are Aviation, Landscape and Macro, though I still enjoy trying out new ideas and areas of photography.

Operational Manager: Rex Waygood

Rex is currently the honorary secretary of the Fordingbridge Camera Club. He joined FCC in 2003 and very quickly joined the committee becoming honorary secretary in the second year of membership. Rex joined the RPS as he wanted to discover more about the organisation. He entered into the DIG forum and has enjoyed participating and tried to share his photographic feelings and knowledge with others in a supportive way. Rex is now semi-retired and has some additional time on his hands. He therefore feels he can contribute effort and ideas in a team for DIG.

Head of Publications: Barrie Brown LRPS

Barrie is a retired forensic/clinical psychologist who was born, raised and still lives in London. An avid collector of art and photographic prints for many years, he only started taking a deeper interest in photography in 2010 when he joined a local camera club. He prefers to go photographing with a small group of colleagues.

His passion for photography is primarily focused on natural history, although he also finds himself increasingly interested in landscapes, architecture and candid street photography. In 2014 he successfully obtained his LRPS Distinction and joined the RPS Digital Imaging Group. He is currently working on his ARPS panel in the Applied genre.

Communications: Deborah Loth LRPS

In the decades after its Box-Brownie beginning, Deborah’s photography practice waxed and waned. There were definitely high points. Hitchhiking the Chemin Saint Jacques with a Minolta SRT-101 to photograph Romanesque architecture. Documenting rock ‘n’ roll sets from the mixing tower with a Nikon F801. Trekking for two weeks through Ladakh’s Markaha Valley with a Yashica T5. When reasonable digital cameras arrived she took a Panasonic Lumix LX3 to Bhutan and Nepal. The feedback provided by the digital LED and the opportunities provided by digital post-processing of RAW files proved irresistible, and she has been carrying a digital camera everywhere ever since.

DIGIT Editor: Gary Beaton

Gary has enjoyed all things photographic for many, many years. He specialises in no specific discipline or technique but loves to try anything. He uses an eclectic variety of equipment to capture images, whether digitally or otherwise, ranging from Canon SLRs, through pinholes and zone plates, to home-made gadgets, and is still a regular film user. Gary has been active in the RPS’s South-East Region activities and sitting on the Advisory Board. Although he now lives in Luxembourg, before leaving the UK he was an enthusiastic member of a local camera club, and latterly judged club competitions around the Kent and Sussex area.

Catalogue Editor: Greg Dunn LRPS

Greg joined the RPS in 2015 and earned his Licentiate distinction the following year. The experience of living and travelling throughout Europe, along with the support of an active Benelux Chapter, helped him rekindle the artist within. Now that he has returned home to Canada, he is looking at his beautiful, and immense, country with new eyes while working towards his ARPS. Knowing how much he has benefited from his RPS membership, he felt it was time to return the favour through volunteering; grateful that his experience as a graphic designer will benefit the DIG and RPS members.

Accolade Editor: Dennis Knowles

I have always enjoyed photography, having had my first camera at 12 years old. My photography has given me a lot of pleasure over the years: I had my own darkroom in the days of B&W and then colour came on the scene, but now we have digital. It has turned out to be a wonderful hobby. In 1966 I was a founder member of the Tiverton Heathcoat Photographic club and still attend as their President. I joined the RPS some years ago then had a break in membership and re-joined five years ago and became the treasurer for DIG Western.

Assistant Accolade Editor: Holly Stranks LRPS

Holly joined the RPS and DIG in 2017. A serving police officer for 21 years, Holly had to take ill health retirement from Suffolk Constabulary. Holly is also a member of Bungay Camera Club and following the encouragement from other RPS members in the club she took her LRPS. Holly is now attempting her ARPS. Her subject matter of dog portraiture originally fuelled her enthusiasm and growth in photography. she also enjoys many other genres of photography, particularly seascapes and landscapes. Holly also loves the technical side of photography - Photoshop etc, and has migrated from a Nikon DSLR system to Sony mirrorless.

PI Competition Organiser: Ian Thompson ARPS

Ian stained his fingers in the darkroom over 4 decades prior to the advent of digital photography, which – having embraced it fully - he finds liberating.  He joined the RPS in 2009 and soon after this achieved his ‘L’  with his ‘A’ following a year later.  He is a member of Beacon Camera Club, Malvern, UK having served as competition secretary for 4 years and thereafter as Chairman since 2013.  His photographic interests are eclectic, though his abiding passion is for heavy weather, being happiest up to his tripod head in seawater, or - very recently – storm-chasing on the high plains of the southern USA.

Print Exhibition: Sue Totham

Sue’s interest in photography took off when digital first came on the scene, firstly with a 3mp compact, quickly followed by a Minolta 7D, a top of the range SLR camera with an eye watering 6mp sensor! She has since moved on. Sue has been an active member of her local camera club since those early days covering most committee posts including workshop secretary, competition secretary and is currently Chairperson. She’s been a member of the RPS & DIG TV for many years and Sue now hopes to expand her experience and give something back for the support she has received.

Jeff Hargreaves LRPS

I have been playing with cameras and photography since I was 12, so sixty years!! A long story that includes gaining an LRPS, all darkroom. At present redefining my photography, in the process of an ARPS in sport therefore applied. Finding a new way which is not to please judges!! Have now been a member of Bristol Photographic society for 15 years. I was PDI Competition Secretary for 7 years, initiated its first digital entry system, which is still in use. Have been Chair for 3 1/2 years. Now co-ordinate the 14-week club photography course mainly for outsiders, which full fills part of our charitable status.

Web Editor: Chas Hockin LRPS

Chas' interest in photography was inspired by a holiday with a friend who had a Voigtlander camera and produced wonderful images. This caused him to buy a camera from money saved working in the summer holidays. There have been a number of cameras since! He joined his local camera club in the mid 1980's and has been a regular member since then. He joined the RPS on achieving his Licentiate in 2009 and now that he has retired would like to contribute to the organisation using some of the skills he learnt in his former employment as Web Editor.