Welcome to Milngavie and Bearsden Camera Club’s Members Galleries pages, where you can see some of the photography taken by our members. More work from our members can be seen in the competition winners pages for Season 2011/2012, Season 2012/2013, Season 2013/2014, Season 2014/2015 and Season 2015/2016.
My interest in photography began some years ago when I was on a months volunteering project at a Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa. My French vocabulary was severely limited which meant that communicating with the locals was almost impossible and I quickly became isolated. Fortunately I had taken along a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 and my days were quickly filled with adventures of searching for a variety of subjects in and around the sanctuary.
I have a passion for taking and viewing photographs going back for longer than I care to remember. My most important images will always be family photographs which only become more precious with time.
My photography is a bit ‘Jack of all trades’ (Master of none) but I particularly like natural history and landscapes and since my children left the nest I have been able to indulge in a bit of travel and upgrade my equipment.
My interest in photography started around the age of 12 when I eagerly ‘snapped’ the multitude of Clyde Steamers during our annual summer holiday to Millport in the late 50’s / early 60’s. The rest of the year was spent photographing railway locomotives around Glasgow with my ‘loco-spotting’ pals every weekend and further afield as we grew older.
I was given a variety of cameras by my sister who taught me how to develop and print in her darkroom built in the loft by our father.
Marc de Ridder
I started photography when I was twelve years old, when I learned developing and printing black and white in my first year at high school. During my university years and early part of my professional career in IT, I retained a healthy interest in photography, but it has only been in the last fifteen years, that I have started taking my photography much more seriously.
As I learned more about photography and the art of taking pictures, as well as finding a love for Scottish mountains, I realised soon that my heart lay in landscapes, nature and wildlife.
Buying a zoom compact in 1988 re-ignited my interest in photography and I then got an SLR, followed, somewhat reluctantly, by a digital SLR.
For reasons I can’t quite understand I have always had a fascination for photography right back to the times I was allowed a shot of the family Box Brownie.Just like to-day’s all singing and all dancing cameras it was fully automatic. Press the shutter and that was he picture taken. When I grew up I had a variety of different cameras all fully manual, no extras whatsoever. Nowadays like most photographers it is all digital and just like the Box Brownie, look in the viewfinder and press the shutter button!
My photography focus is on music and portrait photography. I first got inspired by photography through the images in Life, Vogue and Vanity Fair and when I studied art at school. I took some interesting photos at a London gig with a small disposable camera (!) and I realised that good photography is about having a good eye for it while of course good equipment is like having good tools!