Leigh Preston FRPS EFIAP MPAGB FIPF: ‘Five Essays’
Leigh is based in Gloucester and has been taking and making pictures for well over 30 years. In that time his work has been mainly thematic, working in photographs as a series. He has a relatively specific approach to what he chooses to make pictures of and relies heavily on atmospherics, dramatic lighting and strong storylines to convey an individual style. A lot of his personal work is taken either in isolated, out of the way places, or of buildings and landscapes that are well past their ‘sell-by’ date. Much of his work is monochrome, and for some of this he still uses the darkroom as well as the digital process, depending on the ‘feel’ he wants from the finished print.
He holds two RPS Fellowships, one for pictorial images taken of the mill towns in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and the other for darkroom printing. He belongs to the ARENA group of photographers and is a member of The London Salon. A book of his monochrome images depicting Britain’s Urban Landscape was published in 1993 and one-man exhibitions of his work have been held in London, Dublin, Birmingham, Reading, Manchester, Gloucester and Belfast.
Now semi-professional, Leigh’s work revolves around teaching at college or on workshops and at seminars all over the UK , as well as in the USA and Europe. He worked for 15 years as a tutor for Jessops, and more recently for Permajet as a photographic club lecturer giving talks to societies and specialist groups all over the U.K.
His talk is entitled “Five Essays” and is about 5 themes which change depending on new photographs that he has available.