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West Woods By Paul Mitchell
CREDIT: Paul Mitchell

Our Committee

Meet the people who keep the Landscape group running
Richard Ellis ARPS
Richard Ellis ARPS
Chair

After receiving my first SLR as an 18th birthday present I was hooked on photography and it has been an interest of mine ever since. With family commitments diminishing I have found myself drawn back to landscape photography both for the joy of making an image and of just being outdoors in wonderful light.

I enjoy all types of landscape photography but recently have spent a lot of time exploring the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

Contact: landscapef16@gmail.com

Mark Reeves ARPS
CREDIT: Gaynor Davies ARPS
Mark Reeves ARPS
Vice Chair & Professionally Led Events Manager

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.

Contact: landscapeproevents@rps.org

RPS Groups Landscape Social RGB
Mark Edwards LRPS 
Treasurer

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! 

Contact: landscapetreasurer@rps.org  

Andy McLaughlin
Andy McLaughlin
Secretary

Having been handed a Kodak Brownie 127 camera about the age of 9, I have always been a keen photographer. Now that I am retiring I plan to dedicate more time to my photography. Based in Lancashire I am close to the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales, so there is no shortage of great landscapes.

I enjoy street, documentary and landscape photography. Having recently spent nine days on safari in Botswana I have developed an interest in wildlife too.

I am looking forward to acting as Secretary of the SIG and to meeting up with members in the future, either online or in person.

Contact: landscapesecretary@rps.org

Chris McIntosh
Chris McIntosh
Professionally Led Events Manager

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 talking photos. The viewfinder inverted the images both horizontally and vertically. I was enthralled by the whole process.

However I did not have much confidence in my artistic ability which was not helped when during secondary school years we had to choose between continuing studies in Art or History and I can 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.

Contact: landscapeproevents@rps.org

Dave Glenn
Dave Glenn
Member Led Events Manager

My landscape photography journey began with a Kodak Instamatic camera and has progressed via 35mm and large format film to digital. 

My very first photograph, taken at what was the start of a lifetime hobby, was of the back garden, with a prominently positioned dustbin (not on one of the thirds!). Hopefully my work has progressed a little since then!

My favourite time of day is the period between the blue and golden hours at dawn and my favourite location is the Peak District, a shortish distance from my home in South Manchester.

Contact: landscapememberevents@rps.org

Robert Brittle ARPS
Robert Brittle ARPS
Magazine Editor

My passion for landscape photography has given me many opportunities, from trips away to chances to learn. I have studied photography to both Degree and Masters level. Although digital formats dominate my photography, I still continue to shoot film, as and when the subject allows.

Living centrally in the UK, with the Peak District on my doorstep, landscape photography underpins my photographic practice, both academically and personally. One of my photography ambitions was achieved in 2017, when I was awarded my ARPS distinction.

Contact: landscapemagazine@rps.org

Peter Fortune
Peter Fortune
Newsletter Editor

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.

Contact: landscapenews@rps.org

Sue Wright
CREDIT: Susan Seubert
Sue Wright
Web Editor
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!
 
Fiona McCowan
Fiona McCowan FRPS
Member without portfolio

After a thirty year career in the corporate world, I took a sabbatical and discovered photography. What began four years ago as a hobby has become an all-consuming passion. 

Despite living in the landlocked Cotswolds I love being by the sea. I am at my happiest on a deserted beach with my camera and the time to appreciate the beauty of the landscape. An ideal day is spent at the coast, followed by a hot bath, a G&T and a good dinner. 

Contact: fiona.rps@icloud.com

Colin
Colin Balfour
Member without portfolio

I have been a keen photographer for many years, and I enjoy landscape photography of all types. I joined the RPS last year to take my photography to the next level and I have been really impressed by the quality and range of online events and, more recently, in person workshops. I live in Edinburgh, so I have some wonderful 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 I can to the group going forward.

Contact: colin.balfour1@gmail.com