Leigh Woolford - A Search for Focus

May 17, 2018

Leigh Woolford - A Search for FocusMay 17, 2018 Maria Pearce Our final speaker this year was Leigh Woolford, whose passion for photography started from a young age, influenced by his father, who was also a photographer. Leigh’s father combined his club photography with lots of family snaps, especially when on holiday. He was full of support for Leigh following in his footsteps and bought him his first camera, an Instamatic 233, which he took with him on a trip to Bristol Zoo and won himself his first photographic competition. Leigh had recently opened up a “Box” that he had found at his parent’s house, which contained some photos of his childhood and some of his father’s club photographs, which had inspired him to write this presentation. It is his attempt to answer the question “what do you photograph”? Both father and son had a passion for motor sports and Leigh had been lucky enough to go to both the British Grand Prix and Monaco (several times)! He also loves going to Shelsley Walsh and Prescott race tracks, which are smaller and you can therefore get closer to the action. He had some fantastic images of both racing and of the before and after so that you really got a feel for the atmosphere. Particularly interesting were the images of Monaco in the early 80s highlighting the contrast of the city between then and his later images from 2014/2015. Leigh’s other “hobby” type photographs include music gigs, which are very tricky to manage but can lead to some interesting results, along with people and faces, after a trip to Essaouira in Morocco where he went on a photographic course run by a British ex-pat. Leigh’s real passion now is landscape photography and says that everything else is just dabbling. He wowed us with fantastic images from Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye (he even goes in the winter, for the exceptional light at that time of year). He has also recently visited Lofoten Island in Norway, but at the moment is in love with Iceland and has been to both the North and South, again particularly in February for the light. As he says on his own website it is a “mad, cold, hot, bonkers, beautiful, ugly island. Leigh’s answer to the question “what do you photograph” is anything that you have a passion for, and that the result is an image that you love and maybe other people do too which is a bonus. He goes on to say that what is important are the memories that a photograph gives you especially images of family and friends. Thank you Leigh for an interesting talk, with some beautiful images. Leigh’s website in case you want to see more of his images is leighwoolfordphotography.weebly.com. Alan reminded us of Kidwelly Club’s exhibition this weekend 19th and 20th in the Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly from 10 - 5 both days. Entry £1.50 to include a cup of tea. Alan also told us of the current exhibition in the National Museum, Cardiff of women in photography. This is a 2 part exhibition, Part 1 Women Behind the Lens is running from now until the 11 November 2018 and depicts the role and contribution of women throughout the history of photography. Part 2 explores women in front of the lens and starts in December 2018. https://museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/10080/Women-in-Focus/ Next week is the final PDI competition for this year judged internally, so 3 entries of your black and white images, which can be brought on the night.

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