Tim Grimes – Chairman
I am Tim, and I am passionate about photography, the photographic trade and I enjoy inspiring others off all abilities to enjoy their photography. I am known for the ability to train and motivate my staff to a point of self motivation. Being more interested in how and why a photo was taken more than what it was taken with, I have been fortunate to work with some interesting, skilful and experienced people using equipment from 10×8 plate cameras (that does date me) to 35mm film cameras, and now of course, I use mainly digital cameras.
My career has taken me though the retail, wholesale and manufacturing side of the photographic trade as well commercial photography and printing having worked with Alan JESSOPS himself, and being part of the team, spearheaded by Derek Gardener, responsible for introducing cameras and photographic equipment to stores such as Harrods, Selfridge’s, House of Fraser and Debenhams. As a photographer, I am still learning, and enjoy it most when doing it with others. I particularly enjoyed the community spirit that I instantly found with this friendly hand’s on club. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of it.
George Pope – Vice Chairman
Being one of the “older” generation of photographers who wish to keep up with all this new technology, Sedgemoor Camera Club is the solution. They certainly offer an informative and welcoming atmosphere to all ages and abilities. I started to get really keen on photography during the late sixties and was one of the founder members of the BCL Camera Club. At the same time I joined the Royal Photographic Society. In the 1970’s I was also a member of the Taunton Camera Club, mainly to gain experience from some of the excellent photographers that were members of this club at the time. In 1975 I gained a Licentiate (LRPS) with the RPS.
Over the years I have owned and used many types of cameras eg: 35mm SLR’s, Medium Format, SLR Digital and now Olympus micro 4/3rds. The Sedgemoor Camera Club provides all members the opportunity to improve their photography and gain a better understanding of the Art whilst enjoying a friendly social atmosphere. My main interests in photography are: Macro, Travel, Nature and helping others in their hobby.
Shaun Regan – Treasurer
Hello, to all members and potential new members looking at our website. Like everyone else at some stage of their photographic life I am at the very beginning of what seems a steep learning curve. New technology and terminology mixed with the enjoyment of learning new ideas and skills will be great fun. I know that with so many experienced and willing people to help I’m sure that I’ll be clicking away either at the club or out and about with new friends.
At present I have no particular ﬁeld of interest or direction I wish my photography to head, but I am going to try all to see what piques my curiosity. My aim is to learn how to be a better photographer and how to compose and take better pictures whilst having a great time doing so.
John Saunders – Secretary
My interest in photography started whilst still at school, primarily film processing and contact printing for friends and family. I didn’t own a camera, the family camera was an Ensign Ful-vue so this became my mainstay until I was given a Kodak Brownie Twin 20 for my birthday. I managed to build several enlargers from old bellows cameras bought at jumble sales and after years of saving my pocket money, I managed to buy an SLR, a Praktica Nova 1 and a Weston Master 5 exposure meter. Colour processing and printing then quickly followed and many, many years later, joy of joy, my greatest wish to have a permanent darkroom was realised, but that didn’t last very long as digital cameras were already on the scene and I eventually succumbed and bought into the digital SLR club.
I presently use Canon equipment, with an ever increasing interest in the latest mirror-less cameras. Subjects I enjoy and attempt to photograph well are landscape, candid and portraiture, although mastered none as yet!
I enjoy being a member of the Sedgemoor Camera Club, my photographic ‘journey’ being inspired and influenced by its members, they are such a great bunch.
Jo Parsons – Liaison Officer
Since a teenage I’ve always taken photographs but with the standard compact then digital compact, but it wasn’t until Family Research took me off to the Record Office and I found that digital compact just couldn’t handle large documents, that I decided to invest in a DSRL camera which came with two kit lenses. I was hooked.
My main interest is wildlife photography, but I also enjoy experimenting with all sorts from landscapes, light painting or even just finding a twist to taking a photograph of an ordinary object.
Dan Cooke – (ACTING) Programme Officer
Having enjoyed photography as a child and then again in my teenage years, I took it back up seriously about 7 years ago after getting my first digital SLR. Now several years later I have developed a passion for landscape photography, often finding myself on a windswept beach or hilltop in and around Somerset.
I have also discovered toy photography in the last 18 months and have found that it has given me an enormous new avenue of creativity and allowed me to create some very different images and meet some very inspirational photographers. I have more recently developed my own style of photography using Photoshop, to create a project I have called Comicify.
I like to share my passion for photography and creativity with others and hope to use that passion to help and inspire others in their photography. I was therefore immensely proud to be asked to assist in the creation of the upcoming year’s programme of events.
Ian Durston – Webmaster
Born in Bridgwater. A digital media artist by trade cover anything from website design to animation, graphic design to sound design. I first joined a camera club to learn more about taking better pictures in camera as apposed to relying on heavy postproduction. I consider myself an intermediate photographer. Specialist skills – Photoshop and Conceptual and Composite Photography. Why the SCC is right for me – the social aspect of learning is extremely important. After years of online training I realised that for me at least, I take in much more from a fun and sociable environment. Personal goal – to take better pictures and explore all areas of photography.