The purpose of this website is to showcase my work, and to say that I give talks on many subjects for charity. They are listed below. I hope you enjoy the website.
John Nathan. ARPS.
LIST OF TALKS
1. Out of Africa- safaris on several trips to Africa.
2. In the Steps of Sir Edmund Hillary- two trips to Everest.
3. A Journey round Spitzbergen- wildlife of Svalbard + my ARPS panel.
4. A Long Way South- a trip to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica.
5. A Clash of Cultures - China and Tibet.
6. Buddhas and Betel nuts- Burma .
7. Yellowstone in Winter- Yellowstone Park USA.
8. This is India.- central India, a tiger, and Kerala.
9. The Camelot of Africa - Ethiopia.
10. The Roof of South America - Bolivia.
11. The Land of the Rising Sun - Japan.
12. On the Steppes of Genghis Khan - Mongolia.
13. Flowers of the Himalayas.
14. Flowers of the desert.
Potala Palace Lhasa
I am an amateur photographer, and have been interested in photography, and particularly travel photography for most of my life. It is a wonderful communication medium. I have been lucky to travel all over the world. I have been a member of the Royal Photographic Society for over 30 years, gaining an LRPS in 1989, and an ARPS in 2010. My interest is undimmed, and I now give lectures and judge, in addition to being an active member of a photography society.
John Nathan. ARPS.
MY 50 YEAR JOURNEY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
I had a mild interest in photography at school, though did not pursue it. I gradually formed a slide collection. At first I used Kodachrome (a little blue), then Agfa (slightly red), but finally Fujichrome. This had excellent colour saturation. I now have many thousands of slides.
My first camera was a Praktika, which I bought from a friend. In about 1985 I joined the Royal Photographic Society. In 1989 I obtained the licentiateship (LRPS) from a set of slides. I owned several Canon cameras, from an AE1P to a Canon EOS5D
My long distance travelling started in 1988, when we visited Hong Kong, Thailand and Bali. In Bali I took a shot which really got me into serious photography. A woman came down to the beach with several baskets balanced on her head, got on a bicycle and rode off. I had never seen anything like that before.
In 1994 I was a member of the British Mount Everest Medical expedition, and have been lucky enough to visit the Everest region twice.
In 2001 digital photography arrived, the biggest change since slide film was invented in 1935. This was an entirely new concept, difficult to grasp, and for two or three years many people, including me, used both. So some of my journeys are on both. Gradually film died out, despite diehards insisting for several years that film was better. I took over as Chairman of an RPS digital group based in Bracknell. I joined Tandridge Photographic Society in 2005, and I have been a member for 15 years.
In 2008 I did a circumnavigation of Spitzbergen. I took many pictures, and produced prints from which I was awarded the distinction of being an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). In 2010 I visited the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. Since then it has been Ethiopia, Srilanka, Burma, Yellowstone in winter, Mongolia and Japan. My aim in travel photography is to give viewers an essence of the place.
In 2011 I started judging and lecturing for Surrey Photographic Association and have been doing this ever since. All my lectures are done for one of my two charities, The Himalayan Trust, and the Galapagos Conservation Trust, in alternate years.
Gradually my photography gear became too heavy, and in 2018 I visited Japan with a micro four thirds system, an Olympus OMD, and three lenses. This is much lighter, and of the same quality for travel photography. In undeveloped countries, people assume that large cameras are used professionally, and they are wary. With a small camera people do not bother.
I hope to give you a feeling of what it is like to stand in the Gobi Desert, or in remote South Georgia.
John Nathan. ARPS.
Mount Everest from Kalla Pattar- 1994.
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Elderly couple on Great Wall 1990.
Sunset over marble bridge Emperor's Summer Palace Beijing
Walls of Xian China- the old capital , 1990.
Marble boat, Emperor's Summer Palace Beijing
Temple of Heavenly Peace Beijing
Potala Palace Lhasa Tibet