TALKS & PRESENTATIONS

I offer various talks and presentations which can be tailored to specific audiences. I have experience speaking at camera clubs, live events and exhibitions. All the talks seek to help encourage and inspire photographers. The aim is to stimulate and enthuse others about the creative possibilities of photography by explaining my thoughts and processes, and de-constructing key themes from photography in a wider sense and also on an image-by-image basis.

Please see three examples of the talks available at this moment, there is a contact form at the bottom of the page if you have any queries about these talks or potential bookings.

  1. Creative Storytelling in Landscape Photography:

Photographic narratives and stories have often been presented in documentary photography, but perhaps not so often in the landscape genre. In this talk I walk through a visual story that re-interprets the Mesozoic period, 252 million years ago. This talk discusses going beyond the classic scenes and well known vistas to try to create unique and compelling work. I discuss the conception of the idea, how the initial creative process is based on exploration and experimentation and then on to the shooting, curation and presentation of the work.

  • Helps inspire photographers to see beyond the obvious & use narratives to strengthen collections of work

  • Discusses ways to approach a subject/area in a uniquely creative way, opening the eyes and mind

  • Talks about using alternative techniques such as ICM, Macro and Long Exposure with relevance to narrative

  • Encourages experimentation and a shooting style that can work in any location, light or time

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2. What Makes a Compelling Landscape Photograph:

In this talk I discuss, demonstrate and de-construct some of the key elements I believe are critical to successful image making in the landscape. These topics, thoughts and tips should help photographers find inspiration and direction when they discover new locations, or indeed re-visit regular spots and want to create memorable images.

  • Discuss the importance of original intent in the image making process

  • Talk about passion for the subject, patience and persistence

  • The importance of ambiguity, intrigue and scale

  • Key elements to solid composition to encourage balance, flow and cohesion


3. More Than An Image:

Many landscape and travel photographers explore the world seeking out the sublime and incredible. However, what is it that drives these explorations? How does photography impact us and our connection with the natural world? How has landscape photography evolved through the years? And, most importantly, why do we photograph? In this talk I will address some of these topics from my own experience as a landscape and travel photographer.

  • A snapshot of the landscape photography and art tradition

  • Differing schools of photographic thought from representational to equivalents and beyond

  • My approach with examples over time showing modulations and change, and discussion about why

  • Why I photograph and the importance of creative freedom, experimentation and enjoyment


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Get In Touch

If you'd like any further information about talks and presentations I offer then please use the form below to get in touch.

I am based in Dorset so many engagements are in the South of England, but I have spoken at various locations around the UK and am happy to travel accordingly.

Iā€™m comfortable in many speaking situations from small camera clubs, where the regulars want some fresh inspiration and guidance, to large events and exhibitions with live crowds.

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