TALKS FOR CAMERA CLUBS
FROM PURSUIT TO PASSION TO PROFESSION
How did Ashley the amateur snapper become Ashley Franklin Photography offering a wide spectrum of professional services? In Part 1, see how the pursuit quickly became a passion as Ashley made his way through the camera club world and, in Part 2, how he ventured into the commercial sphere. Ashley would not have become a pro without the stimulation and inspiration he picked up as a member of Derby City Photographic, so this presentation is a celebration of the camera club ideal as well as a journey into the world of a professional practitioner with all its perils, pitfalls, triumphs and rewards.
'Ashley charts the highs and lows of his career with brutal honesty. It's an emotional rollercoaster both thought-provoking and inspirational. Not only was I thoroughly entertained by Ashley's anecdotes and presentation style but as a photographer I came away with a mind that was buzzing with new ideas. I was completely blown away.' - Daniel Cadden, Stafford PS
'The most entertaining talk I have experienced in all my years at this club' - Brian Dicks, Stafford PS
'The feedback was terrific. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the night and were very enthusiastic about yourself and your work. It was so nice to hear your stories and see such a wide variety of wonderful images, all delivered with such humour and enthusiasm.' - Annette Keatley, Lichfield CC
'A great mixture of story and images with a huge helping of enthusiasm... without doubt the best start to any season I can remember... it should spur us on to better things.' - A. Burroughs, Secretary, Yardley Photographic Society
'Every one of our members was buzzing after your talk' - Pat Reed, Programme Secretary, York Photographic Society
'Wonderfully instructive evening... amazing talk... created a buzz which I have rarely witnessed... great images, great presentation, a brilliant evening... the best speaker we have had this season.' - members of Aldridge Photographic Society
After 14 years as a professional, Ashley has photographed everything from royalty to rough sleepers - and everything inbetween! Ashley will take you on a trip through his busy, pressurised and rewarding career, which has seen him become a chief photographer and writer for Derbyshire Life magazine and official photographer for the Derby Cathedral Quarter and Arkwright Society. You'll also see his work for a wide range of clients including solicitors, builders, interior designers, charities, care homes, local MP, a Victorian hotel and South Yorkshire heritage attractions. He is also an award-winning landscape and portrait photographer, and is increasingly shooting photo art for image libraries that sell to the global book market. A fascinating guide to the world of the pro.
'Fascinating and inspiring... and such wonderful images' - Melbourne CC member
'An excellent evening... really fascinating.' - Trevor Burton, President, Nottingham & Notts PS
UNDER A TUSCAN SKY
Come with Ashley to one of the most glorious landscapes on Earth: Val D'Orcia, a Mecca for photographers in the heart of Tuscany. Ashley's presentation is based on four visits, three in mid-May, a time of dawn mists swirling around the lush rolling hills where poppies bloom and cypress trees stand sentinel. Ashley also reveals the historic, scenic towns of the region in a show bursting with inspirational images. Several camera club members have booked trips to the D'Orcia Valley after seeing this show.
'Fantastic, dramatic and atmospheric pictures of the D'Orcia Valley... they made me yearn to be there' - Sileby PS member
THE WIDER WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY PART 1: THE STORY OF PORTRAIT, FASHION, INDUSTRIAL, WAR & SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Discover a fascinating world of photography beyond the camera club as we explore the history, style and impact of portrait, fashion, industrial, war, press and social documentary photography . See the work of photo greats like Avedon, Bailey, Beaton, Bloomfield, Capa, Contreras, Curry, Karsh, Leibowitz, McCullin, Salgado and Winston Link. An evening of informative, inspiring, powerful and world-changing imagery.
'The most inspiring show we have ever had at this club' - Eastwood Photographic Society member.
'Educational, entertaining... a wonderful show' - Trevor Burton, Chairman, Nottingham & Notts PS
'One of the most memorable lectures we've ever had. A wonderful journey of discovery' - Sue Churchill, Deepings Camera Club
'Brilliant... One of the best lectures I've been to... Enthralled from start to finish... Can't wait for Part 2!' - members of James Maude Camera Club
'Superb'... 'Fascinating and refreshing'... 'It was great to have something so different and so interesting.' - members of Lichfield Camera Club
'Brilliant... with a lot of new members attending, this is just what we needed, especially as you addressed the pure and simple essence of photography. It more than raised interest: it lifted the spirits... a beautifully presented evening... we so look forward to Part 2.' - Stuart Dobson, Worksop PS
'We went through the whole gamut of emotions - pleasure, despair, sympathy, happiness, sadness, pride, laughter, nostalgia, surprise... and many more. It was also a presentation that provoked considerable comment and discussion. Impeccably researched, too. Can't wait for Part 2' - Charmian Roberts MBE and Vice Chair of Axholme Camera Club
THE WIDER WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY PART 2: THE STORY OF AERIAL, ADVERTISING, ART, LANDSCAPE, SPORT, AND SCIENCE & NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
More fascinating imagery beyond the pictorial camera club world, exploring the history, style and impact of aerial, advertising, landscape, sport, and science and nature photography, plus an insight into the controversial world of photo art. Includes the work of Ansel Adams, Eamon McCabe, Marc Aspland, Yann Arthus Bertrand, John Blakemore, Elliott Erwitt, Stephen Dalton, Michael Kenna, Michael Levin, Frans Lanting, Lennart Nilsson and Andreas Gursky. An evening of iconic, inspiring and thought-provoking photography.
'A thoroughly researched and well prepared talk which really opened our eyes. An enjoyable evening full of insight and not a little controversy when looking at the world of photo art. A talk that will stay with us for a very long time. - Janet Davies, Deepings Camera Club
'A superb evening... such a well-researched talk with wonderful, inspirational images... the talk was informative, interesting and amusing... we loved the stories that accompanied some of the images... this really opened our eyes to the world outside of the normal photo club world.' - Lichfield Camera club
'A different view of photography so full of interest... so well researched... informative, entertaining and thought-provoking' - members of Stafford PS
TALKS FOR OTHER GROUPS - WI, ROTARY, PROBUS etc
MY DERBYSHIRE LIFE
Ashley, a former BBC broadcaster, illustrates his subsequent life and career as a photographer and writer since leaving Radio Derby in 2000, with especial regard to his work as a chief contributor to Derbyshire Life magazine. A fascinating and entertaining journey through our beautiful and varied county of Derbyshire.
'Such an informative and interesting talk with superb photographs'... 'A very enjoyable evening delivered with great humour'... 'Of all the talks I have organised for our group, this was at the top.' - Derby Wine Circle
'A fascinating talk and photographic tour which shows our wonderful county at its finest' - Brailsford W.I.
'A truly wonderful journey through Derbyshire... one of the best talks we've ever had' - West Hallam W.I.
'Superb photos... inspiring talk... delivered with passion and humour... the finest talk we've ever had' - members of Ashbourne Heritage Society
'One of the best talks we have ever had... fascinating and inspiring with wonderful photographs' - Matlock Hard of Hearing Association
DERBYSHIRE RAMBLINGS - WALKING IN CIRCLES DOWN THE DERWENT VALLEY - This talk is perfect for any walking/ramblers group though it has also been a popular talk at W.I. meetings
An entertaining ramble covering 19 new circular walks along the 55-mile Heritage Way. Ashley unearths the rich history of 'the valley that changed the world' and also treats you to his whimsical yet informative musings on walking, the universe and everything.
For all talks, there is a charge of £55 + PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) Travel Expenses