Forest of Galtres Camera Club

Monday 5th December 2016


Keith Roberts

An Audio-Visual Presentation


Keith always presents a varied and interesting programme. He began by explaining the system he uses to bring together the photographs and sound that support each other in making a particular presentation hold the attention of an audience. He uses Picture ToExe to develop the visual side and for sound, Cool Edit Pro.












A visit to Salford Quays, enabled Keith to take many images of paintings by L S Lowry. The distinctive style of this artist could only be married to the number one hit single of 1978 by Michael Coleman and Brian Burke, Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs. This sequence demonstrated the clever way Keith can sync an image with a key phrase within the lyrics of a song. ‘Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them factory gates’ is sung and sure enough a Lowry painting showing factory gates and the workers is on screen.


Next came, So You Think You Know London. Clearly, Keith has spent some time in the capitol. There were a few familiar landmarks but there were also images of unfamiliar buildings and other features such as the Tyburn Tree Memorial Plaque close to Marble Arch where from 1196 to 1783, it is thought that as many as 50000 people were hung. On a wall of the Victoria and Albert Museum, there was the detail of the damage received during the Blitz - a memorial to those dramatic times. There were also those images that showed our capitol’s wonderful architectural detail both large and small.


John Ruskin’s house in the Lakes was followed by a narrow boat journey along the beautiful Llangollen canal and Shropshire Union canal. Keith then showed Plas Newydd which means New Hall to the sound of Hob Y Deri Dando. The Christmas treat that appears at Castle Howard brought everyone into a festive mood as it was accompanied by a very up-tempo version of Deck the Halls.


Next came Como Bellissimo. The beauty of this region captured through Keith’s lens and accompanied by Russel Watson singing Volare brought the spirit of Italy into the room. The Chelsea Flower Show added to the diversity of content and, after a request from members, Keith showed one of his many steam engine sequences with foot tapping music to support the evocative nature of these trains.


Keith has so many images showing beautifully balanced composition, a testament of his years of experience behind the lens. Many thanks to Keith for the work that will have gone into providing an interesting and varied evening of photography.


Next week, will be the judging of the Club Competitions for Portfolio and landscape by Henrietta Bryne.