Brady, our speaker for October, was a photojournalist who worked
for many of the national newspapers, such as the Daily Mirror,
the Express and the Times. She told us she caught her enthusiasm
for photography from her first boyfriend. He didn't last, but
the camera did! Her career started off with a lucky break. She
managed to get an exclusive shot of Michael Jackson as he arrived
in this country in the 1980s. She also had her photo of Jenny
Seagrove, coming out of court after her divorce, printed on the
front page of the Today newspaper. She was on the scene for many
major incidents, including the Kegworth crash, Lockerbie, the
Poll Tax riots, Clapton train crash, and Hungerford.
our own Jan Horsnell as a model, Deborah demonstrated how many
cameras were necessary for a good photographer. Long range,
close range, a large bag for all emergency articles, including
knickers, in case she had to travel, and even a lightweight
ladder for getting a better view of the subject.
Then, at the age of 33, Deborah had an about turn of career.
She did a degree in countryside management and now her talents
have turned to wildlife photography. She also lectures at Denman
College and tours the country giving talks about her journalistic
life. Deborah displayed some of her brilliant photos, mainly
in black and white, portraits of some of the people she meets
in her work. A most entertaining talk from an obvious enthusiast.