After months of anticipation finally our ‘Evening with Charlie Waite’ at The Festival Drayton Centre had arrived.
Charlie is one of the greatest and best-loved landscape photographers and teachers in the UK and this made the evening quite a coup for Whitchurch Photographic Society.
In front of a large and appreciative audience Charlie, with his easy manner and gentle humour, started with a series of monochromes which were important influences in the development of his love of photography. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s image of Flora running up the steps on the Greek island of Sifnos is one which stands out. Why does the photograph work so well? Charlie was able to point out the importance of the myriad of right angles throughout the image including Flora’s elbow.
We were then presented with Charlie’s own images taken all around the world from Uruguay to China, from Libya to Morocco and not forgetting Wiltshire. His colour image of Uffington with its beautiful sunlit valley leading to a dark horizon beyond and a wonderful sky was just one of a series of beautifully crafted images.
Charlie offered much advice throughout this wonderfully entertaining evening not least the importance of using a ladder! Oh, if it was only that easy.
Thanks must go to the Committee for their boldness in booking Charlie Waite all those months ago. Thanks also to Keith in particular for actively pushing the ticket sales and the impressive raffle on the night. Our own images on display in the gallery all added to a very successful and enjoyable evening.