An evening with David Keith Jones, FRPS, DPAGB, EFIAP

On Wednesday 16th October 2019, Dunchurch Photographic Society was delighted to welcome David Keith Jones from Lichfield for a fascinating ‘double feature’ presentation to our members. It was good to host David again after having previously visited the Dunchurch group in 2018 as a judge for our Nature competition. 

Prior to the meeting, David had placed around the hall a number of large prints and postcards featuring his images.

Following a brief introduction by the Chairman of the Society, David commenced his first half presentation, ‘A Photographic Journey along the River Rhône’. 

Commencing at the Rhône Glacier in the Swiss Alps, David’s photographic journey covered a lot of interesting detail pertaining to the geography of the river along with key riverside features as the journey progressed through Lake Geneva and into South Eastern France. There was time to consider various bridge structures, nuclear power stations and cityscapes. 

There were photographic interludes that included the cathedral and art gallery in Lyon, for example, as well as images from the towns of Vienne and Avignon. Of course, no photographic journey of the River Rhône would be complete without an image of the famous Pont d’Avignon! 

The Rhône presentation concluded with the river running out into the Mediterranean Sea and, following warm applause, we adjourned for a refreshment break. 

In the second half of the program, David provided a fascinating and detailed presentation that was entitled ‘Life Beyond the Judges’. It delved deeply into David’s archive covering the early days of his photography showing how his equipment has evolved through various camera bodies right through to the digital media used today. 

What was fascinating about this presentation, apart from the wonderful wildlife and landscape pictures that David shared with us, was just how enduring and timeless a lot of his 35mm film subject matter remains. The quality and the detail have not been lost at all. 

It was abundantly clear to the members at Dunchurch just how successful David has been as a photographer. Having been fortunate enough to spend much of his working life in Africa as a teacher and as a photographer, he is amazingly well travelled. David is also very well published with a showcase of images and samples from his considerable portfolio of brochure, calendar, postcard and book illustrations. In some cases, images that David has taken have been printed commercially several million times.

It was interesting to hear David recount tales of images that had been entered into club competitions where judges had given negative feedback. Little did they know just how widely published those images were in a variety of places and media.

In summary, David provided a thoroughly entertaining evening of images and anecdotal commentary during both of his presentations. We look forward to welcoming David back to Dunchurch Photographic Society again in the future. 

Thank you David!

Report compiled by David J. Bray (Chairman).