Friday 12th October 2012 – Paul Gallagher

Harry Watson, Paul Gallagher and Angela Shannon

Straight out of school and following his dream eighteen year old Paul Gallagher opened a professional photographic studio. The only problem was that he didn’t have the money to buy the expensive camera required for the job. He didn’t hesitate; he sold his most prized possession, a complete set of autographs of The Beatles, and bought the camera with the proceeds.

The gritty determination he displayed in his teens has been evident throughout the Liverpudlian’s career and he is now widely regarded as one of the foremost landscape photographers in the business. He shared some of his secrets and gave a brief resume of his career when he was the special guest of Bangor and North Down Camera Club on Friday night.

A rapt full house heard how he had developed his own individualistic style by learning the rules and then breaking them when he discovered he could make better pictures by disregarding them. Following the well trodden path of film camera and darkroom developing he progressed to digital technology although he explained that he places only minimal emphasis on computer enhancement of his images. Continue reading

Wednesday 7th March 2012 – Bernie Brown and Gerry Coe – Bangor Library

ImageQuite a few club members turned up at Carnegie Library in Bangor to attend a presentation aptly named “Shooting Life as it Happens”.  Indeed the room was full and when I booked a place on Monday afternoon, only 5 places were available.

This afternoon’s presentation was hosted by Bernie Brown and our own Gerry Coe.  It turned out to be a truly inspiring session. Continue reading