This evening we had a talk by Launceston fine art photographer John P Davey who started out in 1982 when he went on holiday.
He then joined Launceston Camera Club and after seeing a well-known photographers work in 1994 he decided to work in black and white. He took a City & Guilds course to gain his Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society gaining 6 distinctions.
During the evening he started by showing us his only colour image, of Delphi, where he’d had to wait many hours for the right light and the visitors to leave. The rest of the images were hand printed black and white’s by John himself. These were mainly portraits or muses, with a few images of places around the world he had visited, such as Greece, Yugoslavia, Venice, Turkey and India.
In 1998 he put in two panels to the RPS to gain his Associate (in both Visual Arts and Portraiture) and then in 2000 he achieved his Fellowship in Portraiture.
John works with film (both 35mm and a Mamiya 645) where he sometimes photographs in colour and then re-photographs the slide in black & white which he then prints himself.
He has a range of props for his muses and normally brings a mirror so they can see themselves and get comfortable with their pose. John tends to use non-professional models, some of whom he’s worked regularly with over the years.
By using our display stands John put up a number of his prints, so during the tea break we could come and view them.
After the break John continued to show us his images together with fascinating anecdotes about his years spent taking them, finally finishing just after 10pm to a round of applause.
Words by Ian Williams.