Member Profile: Gary McClintock

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Year joined DPS 2016
Signification positions held in DPS Current council member – Print secretary
Honours LPSNZ
Current camera Canon 6D
Favourite camera you have ever used/had Although not my favourite camera I was recently amazed at how good my LG3 phone camera was. In 2016 all the photos I took and entered in any competitions were taken on my phone and lots of these are among my favourites. So easy!
Which do you prefer: Film or Digital? Digital
And why? While digital may not have the mystery of waiting to get 24 or 36 slides back the duds are way less expensive
Which do you prefer: Print or Projected? No preference
And why? I do like to see and hold a print but I like the flexibility of projected, particularly as it offers a economic way to get feedback
How did you get into photography? I started taking photos at high school when I was tramping as I have always enjoyed trying to capture the landscape but with little real thought. At teachers college I did a photography course. While developing and printing was interesting I was more excited by the challenge to look more carefully around me for photos and now believe one of the greatest benefits of photography is that it has changed how I see the world and there is potential for this to keep changing and growing.
What is your most memorable moment from your time at DPS so far? Most memorable moment was assisting the judges (not actually judging) at the Dunedin Festival of Photography. It reminded me how subjective the process is and how brutal it is. So best to try not to take things too seriously
What keeps you inspired with your photography? The reason I keep taking photographs is because it keeps giving me the opportunity to be out in the environment and loose myself in the process. Getting a photo that i like is a great bonus but the the being there is most important.
Do you have a particular theme that would summarise your photographs? Most of my photos can be summed up as anything other than people or pets. I particularly like trying to abstract out compositions in the landscapes natural and urban
Where is the best place that you have been to take photos? Christchurch after the earthquake was a unique opportunity and when ever I stayed in the centre of town I would go out in the morning with my phone.I think I have some great images that show how I saw the changing town.
What piece of equipment could you not do without in your camera bag? The most useful thing I have bought recently is a pair of waders. Not having to worry about getting wet means I can access places and set up for shots in places I could not get to before.
Do you have any advice for your fellow photographers? Take what you are excited by because the process of taking is at least as important as the product so do something you enjoy.

Do you have any favourite photography related websites or web resources that you’d like to share with other members?
I found a book by Ulrich Hensel called Sites which shows images can be abstracted out of the city environment

I also enjoy Guy Tal whose website features a section of images abstracted out of the natural landscape

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Upcoming: Spring Print Exhibition

A reminder to all members, our Spring Print Exhibition is coming up soon and entries will close on Monday 14th August 2017. 

Please bring prints to the next meeting or e-mail  Gary ( to arrange a drop off.
Also note, all image titles must be entered through the online system here as well.  This helps ensure titles are printed on labels and certificates with the spelling you prefer 🙂

We have booked the Dunedin Community Gallery for the exhibition and so our meeting on the 11th September will be the official opening evening and then the images will be on display 12th-14th September.
Images are being selected for the Open section by Alan Dove, and for the Natural History section by Ross McIvor.

Details for entering:
  • Spring Print Exhibition is open to all financial members of the Society
  • Members can submit up to six entries in each of the Open and Natural History sections
  • Images previously accepted in seasonal exhibitions are not eligible
  • Images must be the original work of the exhibitor
  • Images may be trade or exhibitor printed
  • Prints must be mounted on a firm backing and have a mat
  • Prints can be any size to fit within the mat size you use:
    • Minimum size of mat 25cm x 30cm ( 10″ x 12″ )
    • Maximum size of mat 50cm x 40cm ( 20″ x 16″ )
  • Exhibitors name, image title and section must be on the reverse side of mount, at centre top
  • Image titles must be entered through the online system here.
Horsing Around, Melanie Middlemiss
Horsing Around, Melanie Middlemiss. Open Champion, 2017 Autumn Print Exhibition