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Our Committee

Meet the people who keep the Landscape group running
Colin
Colin Balfour LRPS

Contact: landscape@rps.org 

I have been a keen photographer for many years and enjoy landscape photography of all types. I joined the RPS to take my photography to the next level, and I have been impressed by the quality and range of events (online and hybrid) and in-person workshops. I live in Edinburgh, so I have some incredible scenery on my doorstep, and I regularly travel to locations across Scotland, the Lake District and Northumberland.I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to join the Landscape SIG committee, and I hope to contribute as much as possible to the group going forward.

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Mark Reeves ARPS
CREDIT: Gaynor Davies ARPS
Mark Reeves FRPS

Contact: landscapeproevents@rps.org

I really enjoy seeing modern art (though that doesn't mean I like it all!) and I try to combine this interest with my photography.  I shoot almost exclusively outdoors, concentrating mainly on landscapes and cityscapes.  I draw particular satisfaction from creating pleasing abstract and impressionist representations of the landscape.    

I grew up in Fife, lived in London for far too many years and now live on the Wirral coast where I am lucky enough to look out over the ever changing scenes of the Dee estuary and the hills of North Wales.

 

Viv
Viv Cotton

Contact: landscapesecretary@rps.org

I was given my first camera when I was maybe 7, a Kodak Instamatic, which took 126 cartridge roll film and used flashcubes that self-destructed when fired.  My father and grandfather were both into photography as a hobby, and I have happy memories of spending time with them looking at my latest photos every time they arrived back from the lab.  So, I guess my interest in photography is in the family DNA!   I have and will dabble and experiment with just about any genre of photography, but I especially like getting out and about and photographing landscapes. I have used (film-based) Praktika and Olympus cameras in the past, but I am a long-time Canon user, and I have both a conventional DSLR and an IR-modified DSLR in my camera bag.   My current photography project is photographing Scottish Castles in IR, which has taken me all over Scotland in the last couple of years months!  

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Mark Edwards LRPS 

Contact: landscapetreasurer@rps.org

Out of an interest in technology rather than photography, I bought a 1MP Konica Q-M100 in 1997.  In the pre-smart phone era people loved to see their picture on the tiny screen so that is where I started (and yes at 1MP all the diagonals were staircases).  Photography was an occasional weekend hobby for many years until I discovered landscape photography some 10 years ago and I haven’t taken a people picture since. I loved being outdoors, loved the slower pace and the sense of total immersion in the landscape when shooting. I think they call it mindfulness these days! 

I currently live in North Dorset, but my favourite place to shoot is Scotland so I may be living at the wrong end of this island!  

 

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Chris McIntosh
Chris McIntosh

Contact: landscapebookings@rps.org

My early steps into photography as a boy were encouraged by my grandfather, who had a 1940's 35mm camera. He let me use his camera, and I wandered around taking photos. The viewfinder inverted the images both horizontally and vertically. The whole process enthralled me.

However, I did not have much confidence in my artistic ability, which was not helped when we had to choose between continuing studies in Art or History during my secondary school years. I remember my Art teacher standing over my shoulder and saying, “I can see you will be doing History, McIntosh”.

Photography has been in the background all my working life, but in the last few years, I have been trying to catch up with lost time. At some point, I would like to feel that I have proven that teacher wrong - that said, I did enjoy History.

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Howard Klein

Contact: landscapeexhibitionmemberevents@rps.org

I have always enjoyed being outdoors and always thought that “just being there” was underrated. So there was a natural attraction for me towards landscape photography.

Given my love of colder places, Scotland remains my go-to favourite, with its ever-changing weather conditions and challenges, albeit that it’s some distance from leafy Surrey, where I now live.  However, with more time for photography, I enjoy spending time getting to know my favourite South Coast locations and their varied sea conditions; and I still get pleasure from wandering around London to take in the vibrancy of my original home city.


 

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Sue Wright
CREDIT: Susan Seubert
Sue Wright
My passion for landscape photography stems from my love of travel.  In the pre-digital 1980’s, I took the Trans-Siberian Express from Russia to Beijing. I then made my way overland down to Hong Kong where I eagerly walked along Nathan Road darting in and out of its many camera shops, haggling for the best deal on an Olympus Trip 35.
 
In recent years, I have organised and lead three Landscape Photography trips for a charity called Blesma, taking limbless and blind veterans to Iceland to ‘reframe their lives through a lens’. It was very challenging but a whole lot of fun!
 
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Candia Peterson ARPS

Contact: landscapemagazine@rps.org

Having lived in the French Alps for 17 years, I swapped one set of mountains for another with a move to the Catskills of Upstate New York in 2019.  I’ve therefore been fortunate to live in a beautiful landscape for most of the last twenty years and there is no question that this has fuelled my lifelong interest in photography.  I am also passionate about architectural and abstract photography.  Living abroad, the RPS on-line offering for expats is second to none and I have certainly indulged in this to the max over the last few years with tangible – positive – effects on my work.

I have been a self-employed business owner for over 30 years and whilst this means I am likely never to retire in the conventional sense, it also means that my time is my own to organise and when I am not working, (or babysitting my new granddaughter) I’m fully engaged in the art and science of photography.  For fun and pocket money, Saturdays will often find me at my local farmers’ market selling my photos, something I greatly enjoy.

Peter Fortune
Peter Fortune

Contact: landscapenews@rps.org

Having been given a Brownie 127 for my 6th birthday, my interest in photography was born. I have maintained that interest on and off for more than 65 years! Initially, of course, it was black and white pictures, but I later switched to colour.

I have always loved Landscape photography and have been fascinated by the challenge of getting an ideal composition that is well-lit and technically well-judged. When digital cameras came along I was a very early adopter.

Hopefully my landscapes skills have developed but my search for the idealised image continues. I suspect my ambitions are unattainable, but there is joy in the search.

 

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David Travis ARPS

Contact: landscapecircle@rps.org

My dad had many side hustles, including being a wedding photographer. As a result, there were various film-developing paraphernalia in the house, and at around 11, I started to get interested in taking and developing pictures. However, I was never very good at it. I could never remember what settings I’d used, so I never knew why some pictures worked and some didn’t. When digital cameras appeared, I could instantly see what the various camera settings did. That shallow, depth-of-field look that happened once by accident with my film camera? I could never work out how to recreate it with film, but with digital, I quickly learned how my camera settings affected the final image. I was an early adopter of digital and have been a serious photographer ever since.   I discovered the RPS just before the pandemic and spent the various lockdowns working towards my LRPS and ARPS. Currently, I manage the RPS Landscape Group’s critique and processing circles.

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