Esteemed photographer will join club’s annual Big Event

Arctic Tern in flight by Sandy Cleland
Arctic Tern in flight by Sandy Cleland


Morpeth Camera Club is delighted to welcome Sandy Cleland FRPS, AFIAP to present a selection of his work at its annual Big Event.

Mr Cleland has always been interested in nature, but it was television programmes such as Look with Peter Scott, and the On Safari series with Armand and Michaela Dennis, which kindled his passion to record nature on film. His first venture into photography was when he was 13 years old with standard 8mm Cine film.

He has been a member of Edinburgh Photographic Society for over 40 years and is the External Competition Secretary. The Royal Photographic Society has also been very important to him and he became an Associate in 1980 and a Fellow in 1986.

Mr Cleland said: “Natural history has always been and still is my main interest, but I enjoy all types of photography, especially subjects such as landscape and the more creative aspects of image-making. I have always enjoyed my hobby, visiting other clubs and meeting with kindred spirits. Our hobby is full of extremely kind and wonderful people and I feel as enthusiastic about photography today as I did when I first started. Digital has given a renaissance to my photography and I feel we should grasp it and its benefits and potential.”

In November 2012, he was invited to join the London Salon of Photography, whose aim is to exhibit annually the very best of pictorial photographic imagery. There are only 43 members.

At Morpeth, Mr Cleland will be projecting digital images. The first half of his presentation will include colour and monochrome work, from street photography to landscape, and general work that has been accepted in many exhibitions. The second half will include nature images from insects through birds to mammals, and images that have gained international acceptances. Prints will also be on display during the event.

He can be seen on Tuesday, November 11 at Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7, including refreshments, and are available from Morpeth Chantry Tourist Information Office, club members and, subject to availability, on the door. There will also be a raffle. All are welcome.