President Andre West welcomed new members to the Fraserburgh Photographic Society last week, before giving a presentation on his trip to New Zealand.
Mr West illustrated a talk on the trip made by a New Pitsligo farming group in 2010, just weeks after the first of that year’s earthquakes devastated the city of Christchurch. Although a great deal of repair work had been undertaken especially in the city centre they were still able to see the extent of the damaged caused.
As well as showing the architecture of the island and the magnificent scenery of mountains and fiords Andrew showed images that showed the way in which gorse, introduced by settlers as hedging, was overrunning the countryside after support for controlling it was withdrawn. The party visited farms on the island, at one they were able to witness sheep steeple chasing in addition they visited the home of bungee jumping where Mr West had captured images of people in ‘mid jump’ and Baldwin Street in Dunedin which is the steepest street in the world.
The next meeting ‘Better Photography’ by Philip Dunn of Amateur Photographer Magazine is on September 20. This will be followed on September 27 by a Digital Imagining Tutorial by Paul Woodburn.