‘It’s a journey of some kind’ was how actor and photographer Bill Ward described his work to Wooler and District Camera Club at their latest meeting.
Bill is a television and stage actor probably best known as the bad boy character Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street. He is also a landscape photographer with several exhibitions, publications and a growing reputation to his credit.
Born in Newcastle, from boyhood the Northumbrian coast has been his place of solace and inspiration – and always with a camera to hand.
After university, Bill worked first in advertising and then went into acting. Throughout photography has been his constant companion.
Water, whether in clouds, sea, or stream, has a special fascination for him. Many of his landscapes are pictured across or beside water seeking the emotional and personal connection that he feels for a place.
Cornwall, the Suffolk coast and cityscapes in Leeds, Manchester and Bristol all feature in his work.
Bill described how, with landscape, he journeys to the heart of a scene. In a busy acting career he uses photography to refresh and re-establish himself in the world.
He told his audience: “In my work I am forever looking for new creative ways to bring out the essence of a place.”
By using intentional camera movement, he has created effects that have a painterly, impressionistic quality.
He employs long exposures to create a feeling for the passage of time. These techniques have contributed to a portfolio of work that has a unique and identifiable style.
What advice, his audience wondered, did he have for getting a top photograph? His answer was to have great personal conviction and stick at it. After all, rising early to view a beautiful sunrise is surely worth the effort – even without a picture.
The next meeting of Wooler and District Camera Club will be on November 27, at 7.30pm in the Glendale Hall, Wooler. There will be club competitions under the titles Pets and Shadows/Silhouettes prints. All welcome.