There was standing room only when renowned wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell visited Alnwick and District Camera Club to give a presentation entitled Taking Stock.
Although his home is in the Borders, where he does a great deal of his work, Laurie is regarded primarily as one of Scotland’s leading natural history and landscape photographers.
Laurie is now celebrating 30 years as a professional photographer and this presentation provided an overview of his work in more recent years.
He showed an amazing range of superb images taken in and around his own garden.
Laurie likes to take his time with each subject, often moving in close to produce some spectacular macro photographs that offer a completely different perspective on common plants and animals.
All forms of wildlife feature in Laurie’s vast library of photographs and his love of nature extends from frogs, hedgehogs, starlings and wood pigeons to salmon, otters, beavers, red squirrels, woodcock, hen harriers and countless others.
He is willing to spend many hours in cramped hides, which he constructs himself, to capture his more elusive subjects. His accounts of photographing gannets on Bass Rock and golden eagles on North Harris were accompanied by some breathtaking images that were both imaginative and beautiful.
Laurie employs every photographic technique in the book to produce something different and revealing about his wild subjects.
However, he only records what is present and never resorts to the use of digital manipulation to change or add to his pictures.
This was a highly enjoyable, informative and stimulating presentation by an engaging and modest photographer who is a true master of his art.
The evening was completed by an excellent gallery of prints by Judith Snaith and Andrew Mackie. Judith showed a fine selection of landscapes and wildlife from Scotland while Andrew showed some impressive panoramic images of landscapes taken locally.