Alnwick, Camera Club

Farne Islands'Picture by Jane Coltman
Farne Islands'Picture by Jane Coltman

A wild night at club

Mostly Wildlife was the title of Kaleel Zibe’s presentation when he visited Alnwick and District Camera Club on October 28.

 Kaleel is a professional photographer based in Newcastle, specialising in wildlife and sports photography.

He initially built up his expertise by working with captive animals in zoos and wildlife parks, resulting in some excellent close-up animal portraits.

British wildlife has figured strongly in his work, much of it associated with conservation issues, such as the Gosforth Wildlife Project, where his pictures helped to raise the profile of the campaign.

His involvement with Red Kite conservation required not only photographs of the birds, but also of the people involved in their protection.

Kaleel’s favourite wildlife site in Britain is the Farne Islands, an area that he has visited many times.

While the Farnes are very familiar to club members, they still enjoyed a wonderful sequence of pictures of puffins, terns, gulls, seals and other local favourites.

In contrast, Kaleel then showed images of some of the exotic creatures he encountered on a visit to Costa Rica, including colourful humming birds and toucans.

Moving to the other side of the world, he then took us to Kenya, where he organises photographic safaris.

Here he concentrated mainly on large mammals, with fine pictures of giraffes, lions, leopards, elephants and many other examples of African wildlife.

He also showed the vehicles and accommodation provided for visitors and explained about the importance of using experienced guides in order to locate prime sites for photography.

Kaleel is a keen triathlete so sports photography also figures largely in his work, with swimming, running and cycling foremost amongst his subjects.

He showed how he captures the excitement and emotion of sporting occasions, with a series of excellent pictures, including a video sequence of local events, with some impressive time-lapse imagery.

To demonstrate his versatility, Kaleel also showed some fine landscapes, children’s portraits, building interiors, and even close-up advertising shots of medicines, all part of a successful professional’s armoury.

This was a most entertaining and enjoyable presentation by an engaging and good humoured speaker.

The evening was completed by Stanley Trafford’s outstanding gallery of 32 colour prints of polar landscapes and wildlife taken on a Shackleton Centenary Voyage to West Antarctica.