WPS Speaker Programme Oct-Dec 2020

Tuesday evening lectures Oct-Dec 2020

An introduction to our online lectures from October to December 2020.

Click on the tabs for details of each talk and the speaker.

Speaker Programme Oct-Dec 2020

Alison Baskerville, 13th October – WPS AUTUMN LECTURE

Photography and Representation – The Gendered Lens

Alison Baskerville is a documentary photographer. Formerly a soldier herself, she has done a several bodies of work showing aspects of military life, particularly featuring the role and images of women in the military. Her work reflects on important contemporary issues such as gender equality, military occupation, female identity in the forces, and the long-term consequences of armed conflict.

© Alison Baskerville

In November 2019, as part of National Geographic’s Women of Impact special, Alison wrote an essay for National Geographic discussing the place of gender in the armed forces – and the unseen cost of conflict.

Those are all elements that Alison will touch upon for her talk to Winchester Photographic Society.


See also National Geographic “The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan changed me”

Brian Stater, 27th October

Note: Brian Stater’s talk has been replaced by Jade Stacy Maria on Shooting on Location with Models

Are Photographs Fine Art?

Brian asks whether photography can compete with or equal other artistic disciplines to become Fine Art. The question is at the heart of a lecture looking in particular at the genres of portraiture, landscape and still life. All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of some of the acknowledged masters of photography including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Godwin, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams and Wolfgang Tillmans.

© Brian Stater

Brian Stater is a Senior Teaching Fellow at University College London. His principal academic interest lies in the appreciation of architecture, while a strong personal enthusiasm is for photography. An exhibition of his own photographs has been held at University College London. He is a member of the Association of Historical and Fine Art Photography and works with a pre-war Leica camera, as used by his great hero Henri Cartier-Bresson and many others.

Other talks by Brian

Gavin Bowyer, 3rd November

Past President’s Evening – From Gunshots to Photo Shoots

I had a long career in trauma and orthopaedic surgery, 17-years of which were spent in the military, mostly with airborne forces and in some exciting places.

Photography was always an interest for me, and recording places – and wounds – became a key part of the work I did to change the way that the military managed ballistic wounds.

Photography became more than a hobby as I headed towards retirement from clinical practice. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to travel extensively with my camera, developing interests in travel and wildlife photography.

More recently I’ve turned my attention to portrait photography. I have been fortunate to work with some wonderful photographers, and I’m tremendously grateful for the support and inspiration I’ve had from Winchester Photographic Society. I was proud to be its President in 2019-202, despite the challenges that period threw at us.

Read more about Gavin’s work at The Sympathetic Lens

17th November  – Simon Ellingworth

Secrets of Street Photography

Simon Ellingworth was a finalist in the international iPhone photography awards and has been runner up in the Sony World Photography awards and Professional Photographer of the Year.

Simon runs courses on several aspects of photography at the Trade Secrets studio in Amersham, and ‘in the field’ street photography workshops in London


© photo Simon Ellingworth

Polina Plotnikova, 8th December

Starting from a blank canvas – creative flower portraiture and still life

Polina runs highly popular courses for the RPS on flower photography and still life. These all sell out very quickly, so she will present aspects of two of her courses for us.

Polina says

I am a Russian-born UK-based photographer. My photographic style developed through my love and knowledge of art. Modern technology equips you with some amazing tools that the artists of the past could not even dream of – but the main task is essentially the same: to draw the viewer in, so that they can share your vision and tune into the emotions that you are trying to convey.

© Polina Plotnikova

Rachael Talibart, 15th December

Creative Seascapes – The Power & Majesty of the Sea

Rachael is a former lawyer turned professional coastal photographer. Nothing beats a day on an empty shore, the wilder the weather the better.

Rachael is owner of f11 Workshops, providing photography day tours and workshops in Surrey and Sussex and she also leads residential workshops for international fine art workshops and holidays business, Ocean Capture.

Her photographs have been published in books and frequently appear in print and online magazines.

She writes for Outdoor Photography Magazine and is on the judging panel for the prestigious Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition.

In 2016, she won the Sunday Times Magazine award in Landscape Photographer of the Year and in 2017 she won the Classic View category in that competition.

© Rachael Talibart

For more of Rachael’s images, see rachaeltalibart.com/

For full details of the WPS Programme September 2020, see Main Programme, where any programme changes will be shown

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