March 18th. 2019 – Martin Fry- The Cotswold Lad Returns

Martin Fry (FRPS EFIAP/g AV-EFIAP ABPE APAGB) has been to Sodbury & Yate Photography club on several occasions and always gives us a wonderful evening of Audio-Visual presentations, he is a real friend to SYPC. On Monday evening Martin transported us through many emotions, drama, sadness, and pure delight, he is outstanding in his knowledge of photography and his ability to adapt them into superb pictorial “stories”.
The Belgium Field War memorial sequence was really moving, about a 14-year-old boy going to war, with scenes of destruction but also poignant and thought provoking.
Another sequence told a story of Ivor Gurney a poet and a musician during his war years and after suffering “shell shock” he wrote his best music and poetry. Martin goes to great lengths to find all the facts about the subject’s life.
The Irish and the Cornish presentation were full of wonderful scenery and drama especially the storms out at sea. Clearly significant planning was needed but with that planning he was in the right place at the right time!

The musicality, poems, singing, and most of all, the images Martin produces to “tell a story” are outstanding, something perhaps we should all aspire to.

Martin also took us through the process to gain FIAP distinctions for Photographic Merit encouraging us to start on that process. The level of satisfaction achieved knowing that others appreciate your work is very gratifying.

A superb evening once again. We are already looking forward to Martin’s next visit !

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