Lectures & AV Shows

I started lecturing in 1977 and have presented my illustrated talks and AV shows to acclaim nationwide. It is an experience that I enjoy enormously. I make every talk a special event. All talks are spontaneous. I like to live dangerously, presenting them without notes and tailored to the audience. Every one is fresh, entertaining, informative and at times controversial - I am not a follower of benighted fashion!

I am now in semi-retirement! I will still offer the occasional talk but as I have stopped driving the organiser must provide transport and where appropriate hospitality. I am still interested in visiting places away from Surrey provided I can travel during the day by train and offered overnight accommodation.

Organiser to supply a digital projector and screen. I will bring an Apple/Mac laptop and portable sound system for the soundtrack (not public address). Please allow sufficient time to setup.

Terms are expenses only for a normal club meeting, but a fee will be applicable for a paying audience.

Landscape - Searching for Infinity, Still Looking!
A comprehensive instructional landscape and architectural photography show for digital photographers.

Around Britain with a Camera
Commencing with an Agfa Silette 35mm film camera in 1959, I photographed the breathtaking scenery
of the British Isles for over 60 years. Achieving frequent publication in quality books and magazines, this
audio visual programme charts my success with amazing images with Nikon, Hasselblad and Olympus cameras.

Tour-de-Forss Audio Visual
A selection of short, inspirational AV shows on subjects that interest me beyond photography, as well as instructional programmes. Audience can choose programmes that include the Lake District, The Vikings, Capability Brown and the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. See Tour-de-Forss page.

The Great British Landscape
A prestige Audio Visual Show tracing our history in landscapes. Although having a strong photographic element.
This show is designed for a general audience.

Back to Photography
Are you still on Auto? Time to get real! Camera computerisation is an aid, not an answer. There are many photographic subjects that still demand traditional photographic skills, where 'instant gratification' that creates the 'perfect average', via Auto leaves the user in the shade. This show turns snaps into photographs! After all, who (or what) has taken a picture on Auto? Photography is a bit more than pointing a camera!

Life after Death by PowerPoint (Beyond the Perfect Average)
Microsoft PowerPoint is a victim of its own success, and ridiculed in some quarters. PowerPoint has been described as a presentation programme for people in suits. Because of its automation, it is remarkably easy to use without too much effort or knowledge, hence the jibe ‘Death by PowerPoint’, because everything is reduced to a predictable formula that lacks imagination. It is an unfortunate and ill-deserved tag that has prevented the more creative person to consider it seriously. There is much more to this very sophisticated programme under the bonnet than its instant gratification automation provides. It has features that even Microsoft don’t tell you about, requiring a bit more time and invention. Illustrated with AV programmes, I will disclose some of my secrets and tricks that I hope make my PowerPoint shows more visually and aurally entertaining and maybe, make you think again.

'I would like to thank you very much for taking the time to come up to the East Midlands to talk to us.  We had several visitors and the feedback from everyone has been very positive. We very much enjoyed your presentation for the images, the information you imparted and the humour that you brought.  It was a really first class evening.'
Keyworth Camera Club - Around Britain with a Camera

'Your images were stunning and members found the information you gave on how you achieved the shots particularly interesting and helpful. I think you inspired many of us to try out different ways of presenting our images especially AV presentations.'
Chertsey Camera Club - Landscape, Searching for Infinity

'It was very well prepared of course, with wonderful images, informative and entertaining, and it went down very well with the club. It came as a revelation to some of the newer members!'
Dorking Camera Club - Around Britain with a Camera

'I have had nothing but good and positive feedback from the members who really enjoyed the evening. The quality of your images was fantastic and the fact that you told people how they were taken and what to do in similar situations to help them improve their pictures was very good, thank you. What people, me included, also enjoyed was the way that you had put together some very high quality AV's to say nothing about the amount of research and effort that you had expended in obtaining the details behind the stories.'
Faversham Camera Club - Landscape, Searching for Infinity
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