John is the Vice President of Cramlington Camera Club who developed his love of photography through his passion for aircraft.
His talk took the form of a walkthrough of his development as a photographer from his first 35mm film camera, through his enduring love of range-finder cameras to his eventual acceptance of the digital format, all against a fascinating visual and factual potted history of aviation.
John explained how he overcame the limitations of the cameras of the 1970’s by exploiting their advantages, namely the build quality of the bodies and lenses. He also went on to demonstrate the differing qualities of the different films available at the time, demonstrating through his beautifully captured images, the differing colour and light representations obtained by the use of Fujichrome and Agfachrome films.
John is also an avid collector of film cameras, a number of which he brought with him to share with members of the club which he used to illustrate in a practical and hands on way, the development of camera technology over the last half century.
All too soon the evening came to a belated end, albeit well past the meeting’s supposed end time.
This proved to be a fascinating night giving many of us food for though and the inspiration to try something new (or old).