Within the Frame – Thoughts on Composition with Richard Thorn

Events, Timetable & Speakers, UW Photography

Consistently making good pictures needs a combination of technical skills, an understanding of design and composition and a willingness to work hard and with passion and creativity.   Any person can make one good picture – by accident – but to consistently make good and great pictures requires all three of these elements. 

The talk will consider the role of design and composition when applied to what appears within the frame using examples from a number of photographic genres including images made while snorkelling and landscape/outdoor photography. 

Richard is an environmental scientist by training, a higher education specialist by employment but an outdoors enthusiast by inclination.  A past President and National Diving Officer of the Irish Underwater Council and active hillwalker he has been making pictures on land and underwater for well over fifty years; first for work but more recently exclusively for pleasure.  Richard has studied photography with the Open College of the Arts and has run photography courses for divers and snorkellers.  He subscribes to Minor White’s adage that one should not only photography things for what they but for what else they are’, believes strongly in the role that composition plays in making consistently good pictures and that passion plays in making great ones.  His images have appeared, amongst other places, in Outsider, Subsea and Diver magazines and the Irish Times.  

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