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Talk by Chris Shore FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE5*

Report courtesy of Marjorie Burge.

On Friday 20th October 2017, Chris Shore FRPS MPAGB EFIAP BPE5*, President of the KCPA, a Premier Judge, on the Judges Panel of the KCPA, a member of AG Mono, and long-time member of APS, who normally sits quietly in the third row from the front on the right-hand side, took the floor centre stage to tell us the secrets of his life with a camera. 

Starting at Tonbridge Camera Club in the 70's where he stayed for 8 years, and then moving to Ashford, he felt immense gratitude to the club, for the enthusiasm and sharing of the members over the years which greatly influenced his success in photography. Although perhaps the greatest influence was giving up a time-consuming career to spend quieter moments in Dungeness, and those who know Chris, know that Dungeness features strongly in his photography – "nothing like a good groyne". In the sea, by the sea, catching the early light, in all seasons and moods, you will find Chris carefully adjusting his camera, framing his future masterpiece. Photography for Chris means 35m film and a hand-made 5 x 4 large format expandable field camera, identical in design to those made 170 years ago. Twelve photos taken would mean a good day. The difficulties posed by using such a camera are part of the fascination for Chris. This is the photography that he loves.  He showed us prints of Dungeness, Winchelsea, the Warren, Camber Sands and his favourite spot at Hartland Quay, and everyone embellished with his love of history. Constantly looking in boot fairs and antique shops, he showed us a beautiful 10 x 8 camera he had acquired on his travels, which would reduce to 5 x 4, and we saw prints of old Broadstairs and Tenterden Railway Station, produced from glass plates found in dusty shops. This isn’t living in the past, this is bringing the past forward and making sure that nothing is lost on the way. Chris definitely continues the enthusiasm and sharing from his early days at APS.

Next Friday, 27th October, June Sharp LRPS will be judging the Tony Culver Portrait Competition. Visitors welcome. A mention here that there is no meeting on Friday 3rd November as this is when Givaudan have their private fireworks evening, but, so that we don’t miss a meeting, we will meet instead on Wednesday 1st November for our first print competition.

We meet every Friday at Givaudan Sports and Social Club, Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0LT starting at 7.30, with coffee and bar facilities. We are a very friendly club with photographers of all levels; tuition is given at workshops for members and on the club outings members can team up to gain experience. You are welcome to come along as a visitor, talk things through and make some friends, before making that final decision to become a member. Find out all about us at or telephone our secretary Katrina Devenport on 01303 814842 if you have any questions.