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David Bannister

1. How did your interest in photography begin?

I started to become interested in photography at around the age of 15, whilst doing my Certificate in Secondary Education – Art Course which led me to obtaining an equivalent ‘O’ Level grade pass. This led me into what has become an obsession and even more so with the advent of ‘Digital’.

2. What genres of photography are you more interested in?

Predominantly Sport and Studio but love to have a go at Architecture, Landscape and now shooting wildlife (Heron’s, Otters, Kingfishers and Owls) at a superb local hide.

3. What has been the highlight of your photographic journey?

Over the years entering various competitions within the UK and overseas and getting my photos accepted for exhibition. But the two key highlights I would say are – Obtaining my CPAG and getting an image exhibited in Saudi Arabia.

4. Who has been an inspiration to you in your photography?

Many, many photographers over the years – former and current members of MMPS, my old club Mansfield Photographic Society and the work of the many presentations that I have seen over the years via NEMPF. As for specific photographers – so many – Terry O’Neill, Cecil Beaton, Ansel Adams, David Bailey, Edward Weston, Don McCullen, Patrick Lichfield, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Julia Margaret Cameron, Nigel Holmes and Joel Grimes.

5. What are your aspirations for the future?

With photography as a hobby (obsession) you never stop learning and I certainly wish to crack ‘Photoshop’ processing and may be develop a style. But most of all to be able to continue the enjoyment it brings me and continue to share my knowledge with others to help them along with their photography as in my very early days of club photography it was like being in a closed shop and the only way to learn was on your own, but now I hope those days are long gone and we are in an era of good friendship, shared knowledge and learning

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