Photographer John chases the light on landscape all over the world

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THERE was a large audience for Morpeth Camera Club’s major annual event, which took place on Tuesday, November 13.

This year there was an audio-visual spectacular presented by landscape and natural history photographer John Webster, entitled Chasing the Light.

His photographic passions are landscape and nature and in pursuit of this he has travelled to many of the world’s most spectacular locations.

He has been an enthusiastic photographer for almost 20 years.

He has achieved Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1995 and went on to be the first from northern England to be awarded the prestigious Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Mr Webster is based in North Yorkshire and is a member of Northallerton Camera Club.

He has had his work exhibited in numerous international exhibitions and received many awards.

He has presented more than 350 slide/digital audio-visual shows.

He commenced the evening with a short talk emphasising the importance of an early start.

He explained that he usually started his day at dawn, which is the best time to encounter wildlife and the amazing light that is evident in his many beautiful photographs.

The first stop on his journey was Tanzania, with stunning photographs of wildlife, birds of prey and water fowl on the plains of Africa.

This was followed by Provence, with beautifully lit lavender fields, sunflowers and butterflies.

The early mist of Yellowstone Park with its sulphur springs, waterfalls, wildlife and dawn reflections of the Teton Mountains in autumn was accompanied by haunting music that perfectly depicted the atmosphere of this amazing area.

Ireland was next with its misty lakes, shores and cloud formations accompanied by soft Irish melodies.

Then it was A Scottish Autumn, which included autumnal images of gorges, forests and waterfalls of Perthshire at its best.

The Venice section had images of St Mark’s Square, photographs reminiscent of Canaletto paintings and Murano with its vibrant colourful fishermen’s cottages bathed in light.

He showed Aspen, Colorado, and the Great Sands National Monument, the Everglades in Florida with its crocodiles and waterfowl and the poppies, butterflies and the mist shrouded hills of Tuscany.

Mr Webster concluded his presentation with Seasons of Mist – stunning Lakeland scenes of Derwentwater and Buttermere in autumn.

His carefully-chosen music which accompanied his photographs, together with poetry, made this presentation a feast for the eyes and ears.

The audience was expecting a spectacular presentation of colour, light and atmosphere and they were certainly not disappointed.

The evening concluded with Club Chairman Dave Illingworth, who thanked Mr Webster for a truly memorable evening.

For further information regarding the club’s programme, gallery and forthcoming events, visit the website www.morpethcameraclub.co.uk