PROBUS: 43 members and wives enjoyed their annual dinner which was held at the Mainsail Restaurant at Carsington Water. The staff looked after members very well and served excellent meals.

At the July meeting, Colin Pidgeon introduced Nick Lockett who gave an illustrated talk called “From Newspapers to Art Galleries – My Life as Chief Photographer at ITV”.

Nick is still a working professional photographer dividing his time between lecturing at De Montfort University, Leicester and freelance photography.

He started his working life as photographer for local newspapers and then national papers. Some of his black and white images showed the lighter, mirthful side of life which he contrasted with images of his dangerous war experiences in various parts of the world. After 10 years in the newspaper trade he became the chief photographer for ITV. He described the large volume of images taken which the television industry uses for various purposes. The audience was enthralled with the numerous images of famous people he had photographed over the years. The cameras he used were displayed and his photographic techniques were described. The advent of digital photography had completely changed the life of the photographer. Photographs can be instantly uploaded via the internet these days whereas in the days of film, the finished slides had to be sent by road and plane to their destinations.

Nick has worked on many film sets and showed some images of film stars and actors he had the pleasure of photographing. He showed examples of his commercial involvement in photographing food, jewellery, cars, planes etc. He has recently been in involved with Derby Museum in photographing the old scientific instruments produced in Derby in the 19th century.

Although he has a very busy life, he now has time to indulge in some personal photography and showed images from two books he has produced and from his love of night photography.

He also runs courses on various photographic pursuits. His talk was humorous, very entertaining and members and wives gave an enthusiastic appreciation after the vote of thanks was given by Tony Holmes.

After the meeting, members and wives enjoyed a meal at the Hope and Anchor.The next meeting of the Wirksworth Probus Club will be on August 12, at 10.30am in the Hope and Anchor. David Bennett will give a talk called “The Osprey Project at Carsington Water”.

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