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Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

I am a retired Chartered Forester having spent my career mainly with a private company in the UK. I live close to the small market town of Llandeilo in South West Wales a scenic area with strong historic connections.

My interest in photography was stimulated by my father who taught me how to develop and print shots taken on a Box Brownie in a makeshift darkroom in our home. Through the years I have progressed through black and white, colour transparency, E6 home processing and Cibachrome printing. I took up digital in 1999 scanning prints and negatives for a couple of years before taking the plunge into digital capture. All my work has been in Photoshop and I print using Epson printers.

I have always been more interested in producing images than in the latest piece of kit and so all my equipment is relatively modest. I firmly believe in taking pictures which I enjoy; if they are also appreciated by others then that is a great bonus. I am an Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation (AWPF). I joined PSA in 2005 and gained MPSA in 2013 and GMPSA in 2018. I hold the Excellence award from FIAP and have just gained it's Platinum level(EFIAP/p). I have also gained a four crowns award from Global Photographic Union (GPU-Cr4).
I regularly judge club and inter club competitions throughout South Wales and atInternational level have judged in Wales, England, India and Ireland.




Andrew Hersom, PPSA, AFIAP

Andrew Hersom, PPSA, AFIAP

Andrew Hersom lives in East Yorkshire, England. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked as a quality manager for a multinational pharmaceutical company from 1977, semi-retiring in 2009 before retiring for good in 2014. He got serious about photography in 1982, joining a local camera club and entering prints and slides in international exhibitions until 1995 when most photography ceased due to the pressure of work. In 2011 he got involved in club photography again and in 2015 joined f4 Photo Group and is now competitions secretary and deputy chairman. He mostly photographs people in industrial, urban or maritime 'scapes.
He enjoys travelling and has visited 25 countries.
He obtained QPSA in October 2018, PPSA in July 2019 and AFIAP in May 2021. He is PSA Country Membership Director and PSA Country Liaison Officer for England.
Photo courtesy of Laurie Friedman




Mark Southard, FPSA

Mark Southard, FPSA

Joined PSA in 1994; Served as International Publicity Director, then as Vice President - Conventions. Ran Conventions in Orlando, Florida and Toronto, Canada and selected Albuquerque, New Mexico and San Diego, California as future sites.

Retired from Sears in 1993 after 35 years, mostly in corporate buying functions. Last assignment was as Managing Director of Purchasing for Northern Asia while residing in Seoul, Korea from 1988-1992.

Was active in 3 Chicago camera clubs before moving full time to South Florida (West Palm Beach area) in late 2014. Active in Boynton Beach Camera Club and the Photographic Association of South Florida.

In the olden days, taught basic black and white fine art printing at Wright College. Also give workshops on matting and framing and was a Consumer Use Consultant for Polaroid, giving workshops on Creative Art Photography, i.e., Image and Emulsion transfers and Time Zero manipulation. Today he privately teaches Photoshop Elements.

I use a Nikon D800, and a Nikon D 70 (converted to shoot infra-red), and a lot of Nikon lenses, my favorite of which is the 105 macro.. Latest toy is the I phone which is taking over the world.

I am a native of New Mexico but have lived in Chicago for 35 years (minus the time spent overseas in Asia).




Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

Mike Cowdrey, MPSA

I am a Chartered Accountant by trade, living in Nottingham, England. I have 5 grown up children and 11 grandkids. I joined PSA in 1990, and have enjoyed entering exhibitions ever since. In 2014 I managed to achieve Galaxy 9 in PID and 5 Star in Natural History, enabling me to qualify for MPSA. I have also been lucky enough to have been awarded ARPS, EFIAP and MPAGB. I enjoy creative photography, and before the advent of Photoshop I gained some success via slide manipulation. I have found digital imaging to be a steep learning curve, but an enjoyable one.




Jim Hagan

Jim Hagan

I grew up in Chicago and went to school there. After high school, I lived at home and commuted to Northwestern University where I received an MBA in1963. I worked for several years in public accounting and five years with International Harvester. I moved to Ohio in 1969 for a Controllership position. The rest of my business career was mainly in accounting and finance.

When I lived in Chicago I was a PSA member for a few years but dropped my membership in 1969 when I moved to Ohio. After retirement, in 1999, I and my wife moved to Toledo to be near our daughter and her young family. Then in early 2017 I entered several photos in the Detroit International PSA Contest. I had several acceptances and, after almost a 50-year hiatus, I rejoined the PSA.

I especially enjoy the study groups and the fact that we can share our opinions about the art form that we all enjoy.




David Blass

David Blass

On a trip in Italy with some friends in 2011, I was bitten by the photo bug and determined to improve my photography. When I returned, in the same month I enrolled in a basic photography class, joined the Silver Spring (Maryland) Camera Club, and bought a DSLR. I read what I could, went to classes, and started entering club competitions. I believe that the competitions helped me more than the other options, but still pursue them all. Now YouTube videos are a big source of education.

I have many photographic interests including Nature (primarily wildlife), Macro, Abstract, and have puttered with High-Speed Photography.

In my former life, I was a physician, with specialities in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Other current interests include fitness, Italian language study, chess, cooking, hiking, and travel. I’m looking forward to sharing images and thoughts with the group.




Gerald Fleury, QPSA, BPSA




BIO

Recently retired from healthcare where he provided consulting services in system improvement, Gerald 'Jerry' Fleury is now pursuing full-time his passion for photography.

As in his previous professional life, Jerry is committed to obtaining results through very creative problem-solving skills. His photography mission is to employ the camera to open windows into uncharted and unrealized experiences, to find that subtle area of prying self-expression, and to find a network of relationships in nature where new metaphoric images come to light from the darkness. He searches for the unknown and unknowable. He looks for the light within the shadows, the uncommon in the common, that decisive moment where the story is not at first obvious.

He is known for his variety of work from abstract to landscape to street. His post-processing skills in various applications supplement nicely his fieldwork to create images beyond the usual comfortable boundaries.

He has been invited by the National Park Service to serve as the Artist-In-Residence at Mesa Verde, CO, Hot Spring AR, John Day Fossil Beds OR, Cape Cod National Seashore Provincetown, MA. and Big Cypress, FL.

Jerry graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Organization Behavior and a MA in Organization Development. His photography education is a synthesis of workshops, seminars, self-directed study, and experiential and experimental image creation exercises over a ten-year period. He has participated in fieldwork under the instruction of noted professionals as Mary Ellen Mark, Mark Edward Harris, and John Free.

Jerry has integrated his interest. For example, hiking has taken him to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, the Andes, many trails throughout the Sierras, and a pilgrimage trekking the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain. He has hiked, biked, and photographed many parts of the globe including Poland, Slovakia, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, and more.

Jerry gives back to those less fortunate such as funding private education for a disadvantaged young girl, working in a kitchen that feeds the homeless, and along with five others raised $200,000 to open a non-profit Ten Thousand Village retail store that supports thousands of artisans in 30 developing countries. Jerry also volunteers as a hospice worker and a team member with The Taproot Foundation that connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro bono.

Most recently in 2019, he accompanied a team from a nonprofit photo-documenting its work in Kenya and Tanzania.