RSA Fellow gives talk on photography

The perfect image: John Bigglestone FRSA pictured with Librarian, Shona Fraser
The perfect image: John Bigglestone FRSA pictured with Librarian, Shona Fraser

A FELLOW of the Royal Society of Arts gave an informative talk last week to round off the Gordon Arts Photographic Competition.

John Bigglestone, a working photographer, like Sir David Attenborough, celebrated 60 years in his chosen career earlier this year.

John described the early days, when still a school boy - he would photograph people at social events, run back to his ‘dark room’, process the pictures and deliver the goods before the event ended.

He said his passion for photography had never waned and he gave some valuable advice on how to significantly improve an image by visualisation, predetermination and by using the rule of thirds.

Speaking about “balance” he said: A “simple rule of thumb is to place your forefinger in the centre base of the image to determine whether the image is over-balanced one way or the other in terms of tonal mass, colour or detail.”

John was delighted to be involved in the photographic competition. He said: “I was very impressed by the visual standards of the entries in the Gordon Arts Photographic Competition. Most of the images demonstrated a sympathetic approach to the theme of the event.”

Coming from Wiltshire, John added: “It was a pleasure to speak to an Aberdeenshire audience and well worth the 1100 mile round trip.”