West of England

Meeting Reports

Saturday 9th February 2019
'Peter Gray’s Westcountry Part 1'
Amyas Crump

On 9th February the West of England Branch welcomed Amyas Crump with his slide presentation ‘Peter Gray’s West Country Part 1’, a tribute to one of the branch’s founding fathers who sadly passed away in 2017. Such is Peter’s reputation locally that the meeting drew an audience of 27, our largest attendance since Peter himself gave his final slide show to us in March 2016.
Amyas initially told us something of Peter’s life with images of him and his family, but most of the evening was devoted to a selection of Peter’s colour slides from the 1950s onwards.
Over the years Peter gave numerous slide shows and his work has featured in many books and magazines. However, these all featured what he considered to be his ‘better’ photographs, and material that he thought sub-standard, perhaps only due to a small technical imperfection, has rarely been seen. On this occasion Amyas showed us a good selection of these latter slides, a decision that was warmly welcomed by those of us familiar with Peter’s body of work. We would be only too pleased to have these ‘inferior’ images in our own collection!
The slides have been bequeathed to the Great Western Trust and a book is already planned as a further tribute. However, it was a joy to view these images ‘in the flesh’ for probably the last time.

Our thanks go to Amyas for the evening’s entertainment that served to whet our appetites for ‘Part 2’ which is scheduled for our next meeting.

last updated: 23/02/19