Oxford University Society talk at The Athenaeum

Thanks to everyone for coming along. I hope you enjoyed the show!

Lion King

Lion King

I just wanted to thank everyone who came along to my talk and slideshow last night at The Athenaeum. We had around 60 guests, and everyone seemed to enjoy the pictures and videos I showed them of my trip to Africa this year. I sold a few greetings cards and postcards, and one guest might even buy one or two of my prints, so fingers crossed…

Thanks in particular go to Cheryl-Lisa Hearne-McGuiness and her OUS team for all their help. There’s nothing like sandwiches, fruitcake and a glass of Laphroaig in an old library to finish off the evening!

Excellent!
— Graham
Brilliant!
— Young
Excellent!
— Lynn
Fabulous!
— Karen
Inspirational.
— SP
Entrancing
— Mary

Watford Camera Club talk

Thanks to everyone who came along to my talk. I hope you enjoyed the show!

My opening pitch...

I gave a talk to the Watford Camera Club last night at the Friends Meeting House on Church Road. A very nice lady called Sarah looked after me, and she and a few other members helped me set up the projector, connect my laptop and lay out a few wildlife prints on a couple of metal stands plus a few business cards and a visitors' book for people to sign. After a few club notices from Sarah, I started my talk.

I was due to speak for around an hour and a half, which was a bit longer than usual, so I had to expand my slideshow by adding a few more images. I ended up with around 150 pictures from all the photographic trips I've taken around the world, and, as I went through them, I told a few stories and picked up on a couple of technical points as I went along. The audience also chipped in with a few questions. After 45 minutes or so, we stopped for a tea break, and then i carried on for another 45 minutes. I finished on time - which was a relief! - and I was given a couple of generous rounds of applause, so I hope the audience enjoyed the talk as much as I did!

Four people signed up to my mailing list, and a couple left some kind words in my visitors' book, so thanks again to everyone. I'm just sorry that Terri, my original contact at the club, couldn't make it on the night.

Your amazing photos!!
— Simon
Great presentation!
— Megan

Women's Institute talk

I was surrounded by 70 women. It was Heaven...!

My opening pitch...

I gave a talk to the SW19 Women's Institute last night at the Wimbledon Village Club. I met a lovely lady called Sally on my trip to the Antarctic last year, and it was she who invited me to speak. I took along a few prints, greetings cards and other promotional materials for people to look at in the interval after the real business of the meeting was over, and then I spoke for around an hour.

It was the first time I'd been in front of such a large crowd since I gave a speech at my former tutor's retirement dinner at Christ Church, and it was a great feeling to be on stage again. There were around 70 women in the audience, and they welcomed me with a warm round of applause.

I had prepared a slideshow of around 100 pictures from trips I've taken around the world in the last four years, and I went through them, telling a few stories and focusing on a couple of technical issues that cropped up as I went along. After 45 minutes or so, I opened it up to questions, and half a dozen women asked me about my experiences and what advice I'd give them about equipment and photographic techniques. I walked off to a very generous round of applause, so I hope the audience enjoyed the talk as much as I did!

I sold three greetings cards and two postcards and had quite a few individual chats with people wanting to know more. A dozen people signed up to my mailing list, two enquired about lessons and one might even buy my print of a pig, so thanks again, Sally!

Here are a few comments from the visitors' book:

Wow!
— Jenny
Lovely!
— Patricie
Fabulous!!
— Jade
Great!
— Catherine