Roy Essery MPAGB
I guess that subconsciously I have always been interested in photography but for many years I didn’t know it. Prior to 2003, holidays usually involved me eagerly taking lots of photographs which was then followed by much disappointment when the images came back from the printers. Although I didn’t realise it at the time I was a master of poor composition and completely devoid of the the necessary technical skill required to create a decent photograph. This situation began to change in 2003 when my wife Frances suggested I attend a Saturday morning digital photography course at a local school where the tutor encouraged me by saying that she thought I had a “good seeing eye”. When the course finished I joined Colchester Photographic Society and a little later also Ipswich and District Photographic Society. I remain a very active member of both to this very day and am in fact the current Chairman of Colchester P.S.
In 2009 I gained “”Distinction” status with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB), which in 2016 was followed by that of a “Masters (MPAGB), the highest distinction awarded by the PAGB. Many say that it is the most difficult award to achieve of any photographic accreditation, a view I share.
My photographic interest and style lies very much in the making of images having a strong pictorial bias, whether wholly created “in camera” or subsequently during the post capture digital process. Additionally I confess to being very much a print worker and as well as club print competitions, I also enjoy entering the larger UK based national exhibitions and international salons.