Club Meeting, The New Landscape Photographer - Tuesday 6th September 2016.

       

On Tuesday 6th September Morpeth Camera Club members returned after the summer break for the first meeting of the
2016/17 season. With a varied programme of members evenings, competitions and presentations covering all aspects of
photography to look forward to, the club were very pleased to welcome professional photographer Thomas Heaton as the
guest speaker for the evening.
Originally from Blackpool, Thomas lives in Whitley Bay and is a member of Tynemouth Camera Club but is known by his
thousands of followers throughout the world for his photography on social media. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and Instagram
all feature his work but he has had outstanding success with his YouTube channel featuring landscape photography videos.
Thomas gave a brief history of his introduction to photography and stated that as a frustrated artist who could not paint
or draw it was a natural progression to pick up a camera to capture or record what he saw. His liking for outdoors, hiking
and climbing combined with his passion for photography, saw the pieces of the jigsaw come together. Working as a video
technician he quickly became aware of the power of this medium and later became a full time freelance cameraman and photographer.
He explained that wanting to share his images was the first step and that this led to him posting photographs on different
websites, getting feedback and interaction from like minded people that he did not know or who he had never met. The
image was always the key and he outlined the lengths he would go to to get what he envisaged, with the emphasis on
planning his shots, to get the right location at the right time. Several stories of through the night treks in black dark to
unknown areas demonstrated that if you put the effort in the rewards can be spectacular.
Thomas showed one of his YouTube videos that documented a landscape shoot as it happened, what he saw, how he
reacted to the conditions or overcame problems, right through to the final image. These were not tutorials or " how to"
videos but films that entertained and inspired.
Throughout the evening he took us on a journey of his progression to better equipment for a particular task, the use of
drones to increase the wow factor and to show the entire environment around his locations. His use of the internet and
the exposure it had given to his work was amazing, leading to newspaper and magazine articles, product endorsements,
e books & calendars, equipment testing and to a recent yet to be seen tv appearance.
To conclude his talk Thomas showed a collection of his favourite shots from Glencoe to Iceland, Yosemite to the Sierra
Nevada and back to Whitley Bay. These images highlighted his art and the story behind them showed his passion and
enthusiasm.
A very good evening and a well deserved vote of thanks was given to an excellent speaker.

Davy Bolam.