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Linlithgow Palace By Colin Balfour LRPS
CREDIT: Colin Balfour LRPS

Chair Chat by Colin Balfour LRPS

RPS Landscape Group Newsletter, September 2023

Welcome to the September Landscape Group newsletter

As summer comes to an end and autumn beckons it’s fair to say that most of us have had a mixed summer weather-wise. Despite this, I’ve had a productive August. I attended an excellent Member-Led Event run by Viv Cotton in Linlithgow near Edinburgh. It was great to see some familiar faces and to meet some new ones as well. Viv did a great job in researching the area and had devised a packed itinerary for the day. Chatting over lunch, we came up with other potential future walks nearby. Everyone had a good time and Viv hopes to re-run the walk next year to catch the cherry blossom. There are many other Member-Led Events available across the UK so please check where the nearest one is to you:


Linlithgow MLE Group © Colin Balfour LRPS


The Cross Well And Linlinthgow Burgh Halls © Colin Balfour LRPS


I also attended a great day out in Edinburgh organised by Steve Whittaker, Secretary of RPS Scotland. Steve had arranged for us to start the day by meeting at the Edinburgh Photographic Society to view the Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography which is part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There were also two RPS exhibitions downstairs, one from RPS Scotland and the other from the Visual Art Group. We then split into two groups, one braving the intensely busy Royal Mile to do street photography and the other walking rather more sedately around the streets of the historic New Town (built 1767 to c1850) to photograph some of the amazing neo-classical and Georgian architecture. I opted for the latter as I thought this would be less stressful. Thanks to Colin McLean who led our group and provided an excellent commentary on the various buildings. We had real collaboration across several RPS Groups as well, with attendees from not just Landscape, but also Contemporary, Creative Eye and Documentary. Thanks again to Steve for organising the overall day. 

We hope to collaborate with more Groups and Regions not just across the UK but also Internationally so please contact me if you have any thoughts or suggestions on potential events.  

As we gear up for a busy autumn period, I’m looking forward to the first Talk-Walk-Talk (TWT) presentation by Richard Ellis on 7th September on coastal photography. The related walks have proved very popular and we’re sure there will be some great images taken across the UK. Bookings closed on 27th August so if you missed out this time, please look out for news about our next TWT theme in the coming weeks. 

Until next time…


Header Image: Linlithgow Palace © Colin Balfour LRPS