Our 2014-15 programme kicks off on the 3rd September with a talk by Leigh Preston entitled "Is This It?". Here's some information about Leigh and his talk:
I have been involved in photography for over 35 years, from Retinette and darkroom to Bronica and onwards into Canon 5D territory and the vicissitudes of Photoshop. Exhibition work, some publishing and a long association with the Royal Photographic Society are also part of what I have involved myself in. It's an obsessive hobby, and I enjoy talking to camera clubs all over the UK.
Beyond that I now work part-time in teaching photography (I worked on Saturdays for Jessops school of photography in Leicester once a fortnight for over 15 years , until they went bankrupt - probably my fault!), teaching in school, at college and for Permajet. I have other interests - travelling (although I strongly dislike flying and going through customs - I always feel guilty!), hill-walking - collecting summits like train numbers (Munro-bagging), music (listening to, and going to concerts) cycling and long distance running (I once ran from Land's End to John o'Groats in 57 days). I drew maps for most of my working life for the Ordnance Survey. I don't have a lot of time for TV or sleeping!
The talk is based on a wry look at the character and characters of Britain, street photography, performers and some of the city backgrounds that are often neglected by photographers. It includes a visit to the Fringe in Edinburgh and although a little dated some athletics from the Olympics and more recent Commonwealth Games, some concert and stage work as well. There is a lot of humour in it, and this ranges from observational to cynicism (not harsh but appropriate at times). It has an opinion to it all, my own, but it is considered, although I might include the odd take off of Rhod Gilbert and John Bishop, it's also peppered with regional accents, again not to offend, but to celebrate what we are losing.
YPS has been entertained by Leigh before and we're looking forward to welcoming him again as our first speaker this season.
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