Friday 21st September 2012 – “We live in a wonderful place!” – with John Miskelly


“We live in a wonderful place!”

John Miskelly left his audience in no doubt that although he had photographed breathtaking vistas from the architectural wonders of Venice to the Imperial majesty of India there was still much to marvel at on our very own doorstep. Pictures of North Antrim’s rocky splendour and the misty Mournes mingled with atmospheric dawn and dusk shots of secluded little bays and beaches in his array of landscapes which illustrated his talk to Bangor and North Down Camera Club on Friday evening.

John had already carved out two successful careers ( as an audio engineer and an accountant) when he decided that what he really wanted to do was to take photographs so he followed his heart and became a professional photographer. Initially the bulk of his work entailed weddings and commercial assignments but after a life-changing visit to Venice landscapes became the central focus of his output and he gave the members an insight into the amount of dedication required if one is to succeed, or at least fulfil ones own ambitions in this medium.

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Friday 17th February 2012 – Tuscany Travellers


Gerry, Peter, Trevor, Hugh and John

For a few hours on Friday night stormy rain-soaked County Down was transformed into the rolling hills and cypress-clad valleys of Tuscany as four members of the Bangor and North Down Camera Club relived their photographic odyssey to their favourite region of Italy. And whilst they travelled as part of a larger group and visited the same locations they each brought back a different recollection of the beauty of the countryside .

Hugh Rooney, who enjoys architectural challenges displayed some dramatic monochrome prints of the historic cities of Pisa, Sienna and Florence; his finely executed tonal variations complementing the angular beauty of centuries old cathedrals and towers. The hillside town of Montepulciano, set amid the encircling vineyards featured strongly in Hugh’s lens as did isolated Tuscan farmhouses nestling in halos of sunflowers and hay bales.

Gerry Coe adopted a completely different approach to his picture gathering; leaving aside his professional quality gear he opted instead for the comparatively simple hardware of the camera in his Iphone. Using various applications downloaded for the purpose he enhanced and manipulated the images of country lanes and lone trees and so successful was the enterprise he exhibited the end product in the recent Royal Ulster Academy of Art Exhibition – to much acclaim! Continue reading