‘Feel the Land; Photography and Emotion’ by Astrid McGechan, LRPS was our September presentation by a photographer who started off sorting out her own wedding photographs and graduated on to creating artistic, emotion laden images using her mobile phone before moving onto an Olympus camera. Her philosophy is to give the viewer an opportunity to ask questions about what is happening in the image. So, whilst the work she displayed was a mixture of street, landscapes, and people Astrid is not afraid to push the boundaries and go against recognised techniques. By chance Astrid took a photograph, that was over exposed, of a decaying boat. She liked the result because it captured the idea of a faded past and went onto create a series of faded images.
Another idea that impressed was her work using reflections in glass and water, a most colourful image of the windows of Coventry Cathedral was created using reflections giving an abstract impression of the building. Throughout her work Astrid has been adventurous to try different techniques either in post- production or on the camera. By adding texture or an overlay to an image, it can change the feeling for a viewer making it moodier or adding warmth and calm. Astrid has also experimented with camera movement to capture waves and sand to great effect. She loves skies, especially clouds and sunsets, feeling that they can portray a range of emotions from funny to moody. Her message was there were no right or wrong ideas and to have fun and experiment to discover and enjoy the freedom to create an image for a viewer.
I would definitely recommend visiting www.astridmcgechan.com to view her work. For those inspired www.lightandland.co.uk organise workshops in the UK and Europe. Astrid generously donated one of her prints, that was raffled to raise funds for the society; the lucky winner was Colin Lamb.
Our next presentation is by Scott Hurd about Namibia and wildlife on 7 October at 7.30pm. We are still meeting on ‘Zoom’ and therefore please check the website for details if you wish to join us. Members will receive the joining details by email. There are a number of outdoor workshops available to attend over the coming months so do check emails or the website for details.