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Dick Burr

Dick Burr

My name is Dick Burr. I have been interested in photography for well over 50 years. Back in the early days I started out with Kodak cameras, the Brownie and the Instamatic. In fact, while I was in the Army, I carried an Instamatic with me on missions in the rice paddies and jungles of Vietnam. While in the service I purchased a Yashika Electro X that I carried around with me in Europe. After my time in the service I graduated to my first SLR camera, a Chinon. I am now shooting Canon T4i and Nikon D810. Recently, within the last 3 years I have become interested in aerial photography. I have a DJI Phantom 3 Profesional drone that shoots 4K video and 12 MP stills.

I am retired from General Electric Medical after 36 years of service with them, and enjoying retirement with family and photography.




Syed Irtaza Amir Hassan Kazmi

Syed Irtaza Amir Hassan Kazmi

Syed Irtaza Amir Hassan Kazmi grew up in Bahawalpur, Pakistan and is currently based in Dubai. Photography is his passion and he loves everything that comes with it. Self-actualized as a street/travel photographer/videographer in general but documentary /storyteller in particular. He is licensed RPAS holder.

While doing so, he always admires the people he meets, the location he goes to and the freedom in every click. He always tries to capture the absolute reality of everyday life and the passing beauty in between moments by clicking the true spirit and personality of the people.

He says, "I am blessed with an understanding to create a relaxed environment for me & my subjects by engaging conversations, realizing the limitations and developing comfort zones. My style has been described as natural and full of expressions. I try to create such impact with emotions, situations, and energy that viewers can feel the same. I am an Orthotist Prosthetist by profession & Member of Shutter Bugs Creative Forum Dubai."




Jiabi Yang

Jiabi Yang

I was a Plastic surgeon in China and a researcher in U.S.A and Canada. I have been photographing portraits, wedding ,family photos and events in the London Canada and many cities of China for six years. My style has been classified as classic and artistic with a focus on capturing natural moments …Now I am going to learn how to take video and edit them.




Peter Shi

Peter Shi

My interest to photography emerged as early as my teenager years, I have still remembered the excitements when films were developed into negative images in the dark room, then eventually turned to clear prints under the red light. In those days photos were so precious to common people, because you had to wait to finish shooting a whole roll of the film before developing it in the darkroom. The waiting time sometimes took a couple of months!

Even though I had long interest on photo shooting, my serious effort towards photography started in 2014 when I got my first DSLR as a birthday gift. Since then, I put my energy and passion on it. I found that photography brought me so much joy and happiness! I shoot both photos and videos. And learned how to use Adobe Lr, Ps, Pr and Ae… It’s a good preparation for my retirement life years later, and I’m looking forward to it. Does this hobby someday become my another occupation? I dream it!




Rajani Ramanathan

Rajani Ramanathan

I have been taking photographs since I was a teenager starting with learning dark room techniques.Photography for me is a medium to capture precious moments in time and record it for posterity since the world is changing so fast around us and not always for the better. The amazing awe inspiring sights that can simply take your breath away leaves you with indelible memories that you can cherish for a lifetime. The more I travel, the more I realize how little I know. Every trip and every interaction provides me new perspectives about how different and yet same people are and the uniqueness of the myriad cultures I experience. From the simplicity of extremely skilled fishermen in Myanmar Inle lake, to the gypsies of Camargue, to the berbers in Morocco and so on the experiences have been mind boggling that I want to share through the medium of photography. I write in travel journals and have won several awards internationally.

Rajani




Syed Shakhawat Kamal

Syed Shakhawat Kamal

Syed Shakhawat Kamal is the President of Phoenix Photographic Society, a renowned photographic society in Bangladesh. He started photography in the early years of his college days. He began with a Yashica MF-2 film camera back in the late eighties. He is now shooting on digital platform. With his camera, vision & passion for photography takes him places, .

He does all sorts of photography, whenever time and opportunity permits. Not only an Individual PSA member, he is also an ILFIAP member. He is now looking after the responsibility as, Country membership Director (CMD) of PSA, Country Liaison Officer (LO) of PSA to Bangladesh. Besides he is also looking after as "Exhibition Standard Director (ESD) for Region 4 of PSA.

With his leadership along with his Team - "Phoenix Photographic Society" is striving to make a significant mark to improve photography in Bangladesh. He is eager to learn and improve his photography skills every day. He sincerely believes, "We can Change our society by Photography" and keeps striving to achieve his belief.




Kathleen Wolleat

Kathleen Wolleat

I am a passionate photographer based in Duluth, MN, which is the farthest-inland freshwater seaport in North America. I am an active member and past President of the Duluth-Superior Camera Club, which allows me to share my love and knowledge of photography with others. I believe the most important quality of photography is to evoke an emotional response. Photography is an exciting process, and above all, a way for me to do what I love most, exploring and capturing it for myself and sharing it with others. It is infinite and I don’t need to go far. It’s not about where you are, but how you see the world around you.