A series of online talks by photographers from home and abroad.

These meetings are held via Zoom on the first Monday of each month for Dunedin Photographic Society members. If you are not a member and are interested in participating, please contact

Previous talks

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3rd May – Tim Flach: How to Evoke Empathy Through Animal Portraiture

Tim Flach

Tim Flach will be discussing his body of work, particularly in context of what depictions of animals can most powerfully connect us with them and evoke empathy, and thereby lead to possible conservation actions. Tim has always been fascinated with why certain images have emerged and what they have in common. Tim will explore perceptual theories around luminance and colour, left gaze bias, and composition.

Tim is an animal photographer with an interest in the way humans shape animals and shape their meaning while exploring the role of imagery in fostering an emotional connection. Bringing to life the complexity of the animal kingdom, his work ranges widely across species, united by a distinctive stylisation reflecting an interest in how we better connect people to the natural world.

He has four major bodies of work concerning different subjects: Equus (2008) focusing on the horse, Dogs Gods (2010) on canines, More Than Human (2012) a broad exploration of the world’s species, and Endangered (2017) a powerful document of species on the edge of extinction. He has published five books; Endangered (2017), Evolution (2013), More than Human, (2012), Dogs Gods (2010) and Equus (2008).

Flach is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts London in 2013. He lives and works in London with his wife and son.

5th Jul – Lizzie Shepherd: Mood versus Composition

Lizzie Shepherd

2nd Aug – Paul Hughson: Real estate photography in Norway

Paul Hughson

6th Sept – Esther Bunning: For the love of the personal project – a story-teller artist who uses the camera as a creative tool

Esther Bunning 

Esther Bunning is a story-teller artist who uses a camera as a creative tool. She is recognised as a portrait photographer with a style that is both instantly recognizable and difficult to pin down. Drawn to quiet beauty and resplendent light, the photographer weaves elements in a dreamy pastiche that tends to provide the viewer with a glimpse of the subject that cuts breezily below the surface.

She loves to combine the magic of blur, movement, abstraction and light to tell stories with layers and depth, about the people and places she photographs. Personal projects have contributed significantly to the development of her style and her continued passion for photography.

Her signature style is recognisable for using creative in-camera techniques. She is a Nikon Ambassador for New Zealand, an Asukabook Ambassador for Australasia, a global Lensbaby ambassador, and an Honorary Fellow of the NZIPP (NZ Institute of Professional Photography).

Esther was awarded the NZ Professional Photographer of the Year title in September 2020, at the NZIPP IRIS awards.

4th Oct – Sarah Caldwell: The Magic of Architecture – A creative look at photographing buildings

Sarah Caldwell

1st Nov – Tony Carter: Another World, portraits from Ōhura

Tony Carter

6th Dec – Judy Stokes: The art of painting with your camera

Judy Stokes