At our first meeting of New Year we were treated to a tsunami of intriguing stories told in words and images by the foremost landscape photographer, Mark Gilligan. Mark invited members to share with him his rich and highly entertaining account of a hugely rewarding life spent working in the world of photography. His portrayal of the personal experiences, life events and human interactions that have shaped him as a person and photographer, and influenced his approach to photography was revealing and thoroughly absorbing.
His articulate, carefully structured and passionate presentation was peppered with humorous one liners, interesting stories, striking and dramatic images, wise words and memorable advice. Mark has nurtured a close and loving relationship with the mountains, valleys and lakes of North West England and Wales, his images brim with wonder and beauty and he advocates an approach to landscape photography that is both refreshing and timely. It focuses on the joys and rewards of maximising the time spent outdoors in the landscape, of keeping things simple, of carefully assessing, composing and exposing in the field and of minimising time spent in the digital darkroom.
We will surely see more of Mark in the future, both as a presenter and a tutor in the field.’