YPS Committee Members & Potted Photographic "Biographies"
In common with most organisations of this size, York Photographic Society's programme, direction and strategy is determined by a small committee. YPS Committee Members are also active contributors to the Society and have a wide range of experience of photography, which they are happy to share with others. To help new members, here are pictures of the current Committee Members along with a little bit of information about them. We are all happy to be approached and asked for photographic help and we have outlined our interests to help you see who is best placed to give you advice should you seek it.
Alison Taylor :: YPS President
Alison Taylor’s main interest lies in landscapes and seascapes especially in Yorkshire, the Northumberland coast and the Lake District.
She spends most of her holidays in the UK as the scenery is just stunning and she loves the unpredictable light and weather.
Alison’s most recent project has been in the Yorkshire Wolds capturing the textures and patterns of the chalklands but she is also active in all North Yorkshire and the Dales. Her website is at www.alisontaylorphotography.org
Peter Bayliss :: Vice President
I got my first camera a box brownie at 11. I must have taken no more than 24 images. By 16 I had a 35mm and again only took around 100 images. In the 1980s I had a couple of pentax camera and mainly took monochrome. After that I took home video and family snaps.
My first DSLR was in 2008. What do I like photographing now? Some cityscapes and landscapes. I also dabble in portraiture. I also have been known to do a few self portraits: 366 during 2012.
I do enjoy creative effects in Photoshop, but this has been on hold for a while. I have also worked on projects and making images of various groups and concerts. As for now I am embarking on a few projects, under wraps until I have more to say.
A lot of my images are posted on Flickr where I am Piman300
Treasurer :: Frank Adams
The first time that I used a SLR camera, a Pentax K1000, was in the mid 70’s while I was in the forces. I then purchased my own SLR a Practica MLT which I used for a few years until family life took over.
I never lost interest in photography and around 2010 I decided that a decent camera was in order, a Nikon D40 was purchased which has gradually been to upgraded to my present set up of a Nikon D750 with various lenses.
My main interest is in Landscape Photography, which may have something to do with wandering over all the Scottish Munro’s and visiting some fantastic places that would not normally be visited.
Programme Secretary :: Peter Bayliss
YPS General Secretary:: Alan Greenaway
As a student I was sponsored by Kodak and worked for them for 18 months and in several departments. This left me with an interest in photography and photographic processes, and inspired me to acquire a 35mm camera.
I began research into photographic emulsions for electron microscopy, but was seduced by opportunities to live and study abroad, and did no photography for a long time.
Renewing my interest in photography later, I bought a second-hand medium format camera (which I kid myself that I’ll use again if I can get the film), but again work pressures led to the abandonment of photography.
I retired in July 2014 and joined YPS in the autumn that year. Noting that mobile-phone inspired developments now delivered enough resolution to match the performance of most camera lenses in a 35mm format, I acquired a DSLR in October 2015. YPS is the first such club of which I have ever been a member, and I am very happy with my decision to join it.
Allan Highet :: YPS Print Secretary
I have been interested in photography since my late teens. My photographic interests are broad - "pictorial" I would usually say, by which I mean making pictures of anything at all from the World in general.
Some of my more serious offerings are mainly landscape in a broad sense, and I also enjoy informal portraiture mainly of children in the family. Nearly all my photos are colour, but since I discovered Silver FX I have begun to explore monochrome.
David Beverley :: Digital Print Secretary & Webmaster for the YPS website
My interest in photography started in the 1970s when I became the proud owner of a Practika camera with the new feature of through the lens metering!!! The 50mm prime Zeiss lens was superb and I still think the best lens I ever had. I went digital in 2000 with a Fuji Finepix, and my wife bought me my first digital SLR, a Canon 10D, in 2003. Currently I use a Canon 100D with an EF-S 18-135 lens.
I would describe myself as a hill walker who enjoys taking photographs. Not surprisingly I admire the landscape works of Colin Prior and Jo Cornish. I have recently retired, and I enjoy the challenge to expand my repertoire via the members’ evenings’ project nights.
Anthony Ward :: Ordinary Committee Member
I retired in 2002 after nearly 45 years in the printing industry. I got my first camera in 1965, a Pentax SLR bought second hand from Savills, Monkgate York. After a few years I moved on to another Pentax, a Spotmatic F (which I still have). I then moved over to Canon (AE1,T90, EOS3) Not until 2009 did I take the momentous decision to go digital (with a Canon 40D). Next up a7D and now a 5DMk3 is my current camera,used mainly with a Canon 500f4 usually with a 1.4x converter.
In the early years I did a lot of motor sport photography,-Formula I, Sports Prototypes, Historics, Motorcycle racing and Rallies. Since going digital I have concentrated mainly on birds and other wildlife especially dragonflies.
Since joining the YPS (my first camera club) I would like to spend more time on my landscape photography. I am a big believer in "Continuous Improvement!"
Chris Hart :: Ordinary Committee Member
I’ve had an interest in art and photography for a number of years but became more determined to make photography a hobby when I retired in 2011, after working 40 years in the printing industry.
I joined YPS, my first camera club, in 2012. I have found that being a member has improved my Photography, and I have also gained much needed knowledge of file converting software. The many talks that the society present have inspired me to try different genres and styles of photography. I’m still experimenting, still learning and still trying to find my own style.
I purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D90 in 2006 and I currently use a NikonD7100 with various Nikon, Sigma and Tamron lenses. I shoot Raw files and process them using Adobe Lightroom and occasionally Adobe Elements or Google Nik Software. I print my own images using an Epson R3000 A3 printer.
Some of my images are posted on my Flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrishart_york/