"Jogging The Memory" - a print talk by Derek Buckett
Thanks to DRPS member Steve Rappitt for this report on Derek Buckett's talk to the Society on Friday 8th November 2019:
When it had appeared in the club programme that our own Derek Buckett was going to present a lecture we knew we were in for an evening of anecdotes, humour , and as the title infers memories, but most of all good photography. In his introduction Derek explained that recently he had decided to part company with many of his prints but he retained those which had special personal memories.
Derek began life in south London where also his love of photography began using a Kodak Brownie. Starting work in 1962 he was encouraged by a colleague to take a picture of a steam train crossing a viaduct and the love of steam has never diminished. However the Brownie was not good enough to capture trains in motion and he progressed to more sophisticated cameras. A’120’ model and a Minolta A5 to name a few. Steam was not his first photographic success but a competition win of a photo of a neighbour printed in the local newspaper. His experience grew with promotion to a head photographer in the company he was employed by and opportunities arose to record more industrial subjects. Steam however dominated his interests with trips around the remaining steam locomotive sheds in London and also adventures to northern England. With the demise of steam motor sport was also on the agenda with night time rally photography.
Subject matter became even more varied when Derek moved to Rothwell and joining the DRPS. He also showed examples of experiments with different film processes, differing printing papers, use of OHP transparency film, copy paper and even different coloured print mounts but he has always had a love of sepia toned images. Eventually he succumbed to digital photography but the darkroom was not abandoned immediately.
Derek described each print, the reason he had retained it, many with an amusing background story, many now with a historical social value. A large proportion had been successful in photographic competitions, both within the club and nationally such as his north bound steam train leaving Bewdley on a cold misty morning winning a gold medal.
The evening lived up to expectations with an excellent range of both colour and black and white photography. Chairman Paul Nickerson thanked Derek for a very entertaining talk.
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