APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Walter Wheatley

APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Walter Wheatley

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further than the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, our featured photographer is APC member, Walter Wheatley.

My start in photography was in high school as a member of the school Photo Club. I remember learning the basics about simple cameras and film. My favourite was Black and White photography. I enjoyed the development process in the darkroom.  As well as the print making. I can’t remember which camera we started with in the club but I will always remember the first camera I owned, it was an Olympus Trip35. A simple point and shoot camera that had a built in light meter and was very straight forward to use. It allowed the user to focus on composition and not the technical bits when taking pictures. That camera was with me for several years while I traveled across Canada twice. The Olympus was stolen and replaced with a Practika L with two lenses. Cameras have always been nearby when traveling and at family gatherings. I still have a few boxes of old negatives and pictures from those days.

  • How would you describe your photography style? People and Places in B&W. A little Street photography and lots of Landscapes are my main focus. I enjoy the images without the distractions of colour. I use contrast to define the image.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration? My favourite photographer is Ansel Adams. His landscape images of several US national parks are stunning. The vistas he captures are inspirational.
  • What was your first camera? My first camera was a Olympus Trip 35. I recently “set the way back machine” to the 70’s by purchasing a working Trip35 to use with 35mm Ilford HP5 film on our next travel adventures in the Caribbean and in France. Looking forward to seeing the results.
  • What is your dream photo trip? My dream photo trip would be an African Safari to capture the Big Game Five (Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Giraffe, and Rhino) in the wild. Patagonia and the Mountain/Valley landscapes would be my very close second choice.

You can view more of Walter’s work on our APC Meetup site

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