Christine Widdall MPAGB EFIAP FBPE
I was brought up taking pictures and learned how to process them in the darkroom from the age of about 5, but embraced digital technology in the 1990s. Photography is as familiar as sleeping and eating…in fact I seem to do much more photography related things than I do sleeping and eating these days! I am never happier than when I’m pressing the shutter button, unless it’s being in front of the computer, editing images.
My aim is very simple – to try to capture places, people and moments in time and make them as beautiful and interesting as possible. Some of my images are “competition” pictures, others just an expression of my enjoyment of a day, an area or a subject.
I love to capture my beautiful local area of Saddleworth, especially its hills and waterways and, in recent years, I have added wildlife photography to my interests. In my creative work, I try to go beyond the objective recording of fact and to use self-expression to provide an interpretation of my subjects. I love experimenting to see what I can achieve with blends of images from different times and different places.
Photographic Qualifications and Distinctions
I hold the Excellence Award (EFIAP) of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique and the Master Award (MPAGB) of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, which just over 100 people in the UK had achieved at the time and I was only the second woman in the North West to do so. My MPAGB panel is available for viewing here. In April 2015, I was awarded the Fellowship BPE (FBPE), the highest award for Photographic Exhibition work in the UK…and was the 22nd person to do so. My total tally was 667 images accepted In British Photographic Exhibitions and 123 separate (different) images that had received BPE awards. I’m glad I don’t have to do it all again!
Initially a hobby, photography has now become a major part of my life, as a lecturer, exhibitor and judge. In 2011, I was accepted as one of about 20 Lecturers in the UK who are supported by PermaJet. I was appointed to the Photographic Alliance judges list and greatly enjoy judging at national and international level, throughout the UK and have been very fortunate to have also been invited to judge in France, Belgium and Malta, where I have found working with judges of other nationalities to be educating and enjoyable.
I serve on the committee of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union, where I have also held the offices of Minutes Secretary, General Secretary and as President Feb 2010 to Feb 2012. I was then Lecturers and Judges Secretary for the Lancashire and Cheshire Federation until Feb 2018 and I currently organise and take part in a mentoring scheme to help club members to achieve their goals in the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) awards.
I am a member of one of the oldest surviving photographic societies in the UK, Oldham Photographic Society, which was founded in 1867 when photography was in its infancy. I have held most offices there over the years. 2016-2017 I was proud to have served my fourth term as President to co-incide with the society’s 150th anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary, I wrote a history of the society, “A Victorian Society”, putting it in context with the growth and decline of the cotton industry in Oldham. This book is available to view and buy at Amazon. I have also published “Saddleworth, through my Lens”, a book of photographs of Saddleworth.
After a long career in the NHS, I was a partner in a photographic business for seven years, until retirement. I still provide images to one of the big UK stock agencies. A large selection of my stock photographs is available for rights managed and royalty free licensing at Alamy via the link below.