Derek Medhurst

My photography

I've been taking photos for many years: it's been my hobby for what seems like forever. I don't specialise in any particular subject and over the years I have probably tried my hand - and camera - at most things. If there is any broad style or approach that could be associated with my pictures it would probably be the tight framing and isolation of parts of subjects, and looking for the unusual, whether subjects and viewpoints.

I'm interested in the photos and do not feel compelled to buy the latest camera equipment simply because it is the newest thing. Most of my photography is now digital, although I still have my old film cameras, and enjoy loading one and giving it an occasional spin.

I have been a member of Sevenoaks Camera Club for very many years. In the past I have been its Secretary and Chairman, but am now 'just' a Committee Member, and amongst other things look after the Club's website.

I enjoy taking 3D stereo photos, and am a member of the Stereoscopic Society. For reasons that I have not yet fully fathomed, my stereo photos are generally less unusual than my "flat" or 2D pictures.

I'm also interested in various historical aspects of photography, and I have a small collection of old pictures, mostly representing early photographic formats such as cartes-de-visites, cabinet cards and stereocards. Included in these are some examples by early professional photographers working in and around Sevenoaks - see the Sevenoaks Photographers page.

Over much of 2018 and into 2019 I have been extensively involved with a few friends from the Camera Club in photographically recording the renovation of the local Bat & Ball Station. This was the original 1862 station in Sevenoaks, is Grade 2 listed and has been renovated after the Town Council obtained grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A few of the approximately 1500 photos that we took over about 8 months can be seen on the Bat & Ball station website.