For many years we have provided a brief review of the week’s meeting to the Lancaster Guardian for their social scene column. For those who couldn’t make the meeting we’re happy to be able to also present these round ups on the website.
The Society welcomed Peter Leeming, a mountaineer and landscape photographer, who gave an illustrated presentation about landscape photography.
He began by showing a selection of photographs taken during climbing expeditions in mountain ranges as diverse as Scotland, the Alps and Peru. Peter described the thrill and the potential danger of climbing on ice, on sea cliffs and at high altitudes, and the ever present threat from sudden changes in weather. These wide-ranging locations were convincingly illustrated through photographs both in colour and in black and white, taken in difficult conditions, and often with limited light-weight equipment.
The second half of the evening was devoted to more accessible landscapes, during which Peter emphasised the importance of trying to convey that aspect of the scene which is special to the photographer. He stressed in particular the importance of the quality of the light, and how a patient approach, requiring several visits to a particular scene, may be required in order to find the optimum conditions for photography. Again he illustrated this with a range of coastal and inland shots, particularly in Yorkshire where he lives and works, demonstrating his own distinctive interpretation of landscapes.
Peter’s passion for his art was clearly apparent, and was greatly appreciated by those present. A vote of thanks was given by Garry Barton on behalf of the society.
You can find out more about Peter and his work at Peter Leeming Photography.