1st. November 2021 – Colin Westgate – “Wild Britain”

Last Monday evening SYPC held it’s Annual President’s evening. This year our President, Ray Grace (ARPS DPAGB), chose to invite one of his friends and favourite photographers to share his love of photography with us. Colin Westgate (FRPS, MPAGB, FIAP) was our guest speaker with his talk “Wild Britain”. This was the second visit that Colin has made to SYPC over the last year and based on his previous visit expectations were high. If the evening was half as good as the presentation we saw last July then we were in for a real treat, and to quote Colin’s website –
“We will see landscapes from the south coast of England to the far north of Scotland. Colin likes to photograph very early in the morning, particularly in autumn and winter, when the light is often at its best – some of his best images have been taken in extreme conditions and he will often say “bad weather makes powerful pictures”

We were not disappointed.

And so it was that we were thoroughly entertained by a succession of dramatic and engaging images from Colin, a landscape photographer of note. Photography by definition is about capturing the light and this proved to be Colin’s signature.
We were taken on a tour of Britain, all the while being reminded of the diversity of landscapes within our islands. Patience and determination were demonstrated by Colin as he set about getting the right shot. Locations varied from his own front window in Seaford and many more including –

A tour of stunning, moody and inspiring images from –

Sussex – with S/Westerly prevailing winds offering opportunities for stormy coastal scenes
Essex – and Colin’s home on Mersea Island, with misty estuaries, sunsets Oyster Smacks and lots more.
Northumberland – beautiful beaches and castles
Scotland – so much here, Rannoch Moor, Fort William, Ben Nevis and the classic location of Black Rock Cottage with a touch of individualism from Colin’s composition.

The Scottish Islands including
• Isle of Skye
• Isle of Harris
• Isle of Lewis
• Isle Eigg
• Isle of Mull
The Lake District – including Lake Buttermere and frosty mornings.
Wales – Snowdonia – with many dramatic scenes and Pembrokeshire with craggy rocks.
East Anglia – with gentle sunsets, Constable country with green quintessential English scenes.

Despite being known primarily as a landscape photographer, Colin also demonstrated that he is always looking for the smaller picture and this resulted in a raft of gorgeous sand pattern images, rock formations and colours of rocks after the tide had receded. Stunning, enchanting and mesmerising are words that readily spring to mind on seeing the detail that exists but which we all have to train ourselves to see.

The drama in Colin’s images is sometimes presented in monochrome, thus enhancing the quality and intensity to be found there. However, we were treated to the full colour palette during this talk and it will not come as a surprise if I state that the evening as a whole was a great encouragement to every club member to re-examine their own approach to landscape work as they head out on the next photoshoot.
Colin must surely return for a further talk in the coming months

For more information about Colin and the photographic company he started please visit the Quest website at – https://www.questphoto.co.uk/

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