John Tilsley – Developing a Photographic Style

John Tilsley gave us an impressive evening of images starting from his dark room days, and going right through until very recent digital work.

To start with he feels you need to believe in your own work and strive for it to be original, he added that there is a very limited range of subjects and these days everyone is a photographer with smart phones etc, so you have take a different approach.

Try things – remember the ones that work and re-visit them.

Have themes – he likes candid portraits, and works hard to find an image that isn’t ‘set-up’, but the style part also includes the work John does, originally in the dark room, but now digitally in post-processing, printing and presentation.

The first part of the evening was all film based work, and the second half was digital, but all the way through choices were made – what paper to print on, or how to crop or whether to tone it. Much of John’s work was monochrome, all of it presented beautifully, and definitely it had style.

Rachel Cooper

I have been a club member for several years now and find I learn something whichever club event I attend. I enjoy the Studio Group evenings, but equally am happy photographing whatever the surroundings provide at home and out and about.

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