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John Tilsley


I have been fascinated by photography since taking charge of the family Box Brownie at the age of 12. The gift, five years later, of an old Gnome enlarger introduced me to the magic of the darkroom! A prolific worker in a wide range of cameras & films, I worked exclusively in film until 2010. I wasn’t happy to print digitally in monochrome until the quality of paper, ink & printer was available! I now produce both colour & monochrome prints. For me, the real joy of photography is seeing images in print form.

Over the years I have been fortunate to travel to many interesting places - recently these have tended to be on the cold side! Wherever I go, landscapes and people feature strongly in my photographs.

I have lectured extensively throughout the South of England and Wales and I have recently been appointed a Fotospeed Photographer.          I have always used their products (back to darkroom days) and still use their papers & inks exclusively.

I also have a great deal of experience in organising and judging photographic competitions at club, regional and national level. I am a past President of the Western Counties Photographic Federation and currently the chairman of their Judging Panel, responsible for training new judges.

Being a member of the Dorset Independent Photographers allows me not only to exhibit my work but more importantly share my ideas with like-minded photographers. Success in photography is about establishing your own style, drawing on the work of others but adding your own unique interpretation. I hope that my photographs fulfil this ambition!

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