Join us for wine and nibbles to start the new season. We will have a few updates from members of the committee and we will also see images from two of our members (Matthew Gordon and Brian Houghton).
‘Feel the Land Photography and Emotion’. Astrid is a freelance photographer and book author based in Surrey. She started to seriously engage in photography a few years ago, when struggling to juggle the demands of family life, motherhood and a stressful job. Spending time outdoors and photographing became her way of balancing life.
Initially, Astrid photographed almost exclusively landscapes, drawing her inspiration from scenes in the natural world that evoke a sense of tranquillity and harmony. Often, she’d be drawn towards the less obvious details in the landscape – such as shapes, patterns or a particular colour – making them the primary subject of her images. In the last few years, Astrid has become fascinated by street life and architecture and has photographed extensively in cities in the UK and abroad.
Astrid uses a variety of techniques to capture her response to a scene and recreate it for the viewer through her photographs, such as long exposure, camera movement and deliberate defocusing. She loves exploring new cultures and feels equally compelled to capture the beautiful evening light by a lakeside, the strong graphic lines and reflections of city architecture or the essence of life and countryside of new locations abroad.In 2014, Astrid published her first book The Elmbridge Hundred – A Visual Journey, which was a companion piece to a community project about the history and heritage of her local Borough of Elmbridge.
Astrid, who holds a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society, has curated several art exhibitions and judged photographic competitions. She also teaches and lectures on photography and works on commissions for individuals and organisations. In 2018, Astrid joined Light & Land, the UK’s premier photographic tour company, as a tour leader. Her images have been published and widely exhibited in the UK and Europe, including the Mall Galleries and OXO Gallery in London, and the Horizons Photo Festival in Zingst, Germany, and are held in private collections in Europe and the US.
Judge: Steve Lawrenson ARPS APAGB
Ashley Franklin ARPS ABPPA APAGB BPE1* will be visiting the club to talk about her experience ‘From Pursuit to Passion to Profession’’.