Brigg school reunion dinner - last chance to book tickets
The deadline is fast approaching for those wishing to attend the annual dinner of the Briggensians' Assocation for former pupils and staff of Brigg Grammar School, Brigg Girls' High School, Sir John Nelthorpe School and Brigg Sixth Form College.
The closing date for ticket applications is Monday, March 4, the cost being £22.
Contact Sir John Nelthorpe Upper School, Grammar School Road, Brigg, DN20 8AA (Tel: 01652 656551).
The reunion dinner will be on Saturday, March 16 at Elsham Golf Club (7pm for 7.30pm).
Dave Brittain, of the Briggensians, says there is a fantastic speaker lined up - renowned wildlife photographer David Jones.
Also planning to attend is former headmaster HB (Brian) Williams, who served Brigg Grammar and latterly SJN.
Guest speaker David is the last surviving member of staff that "HB" met at his first staff meeting in Brigg - we think in 1959.
David Jones, former member of staff, is a much published photographer and a popular speaker.
Apart from his own books Faces of Kenya and Shepherds of the Desert, published in London by Hamish Hamilton, many thousands of his images have been used worldwide in books, magazines, calendars and newspapers. The Telegraph, Guardian, Times, Observer, Daily Mail and others have used his images. Reader’s Digest Books, Rough Guides, Insight Guides, BBC Books and National Geographic are amongst hundreds of publishers who have used his work.
He has published thousands of calendars using his own images and has sold 3 million postcards.
David started his professional life teaching Physics at BGS (under NC Matthews) and was in the Boarding House with Jack Moore. He was a keen mountaineer and took up photography to record the beauty of the mountains and met his Italian wife Carla on an alpine holiday. Since then they have done many alpine routes together and David has become fluent in Italian.
But his real expertise is Africa; given the chance to go out to Kenya for two years to teach Physics on a Government aid project both David and Carla fell in love with the country and stayed for 15 years. In that time photography became more and more important and eventually David decided to switch professions and become a full time photographer/writer.
Returning to England he set up his business Images of Africa Photobank selling images for publication world wide. The prestigious travel company Abercrombie and Kent gave David many assignments to photograph hotels, scenery and wildlife for their high quality travel brochures and lead their top of the range safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In total David has lived and worked in Africa for over 30 years.
Recognised as an expert on African travel David has lectured to many audiences in the United States including the Rockefeller University in New York, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, the Chicago Zoo and the California Academy of Sciences.
Following publication of his books he has had exhibitions at the Photographer’s Gallery and the Africa Centre in London and at the New Stanley Gallery in Nairobi.
He became a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society – a distinction awarded for his African wildlife photography – and an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers in 1991.
He now markets his work in association with Alamy where he has over 11,000 images available on line with more being added on a regular basis. On average he sells a picture a day for publication somewhere in the world with sales occurring regularly to clients in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil, China and Japan.
More recently he has been adding images taken in Europe, Asia, Australia and Antarctica to his collection and has had two exhibitions in Ste Foy les Lyon, France; the first in 2011 on the theme of European traditions and culture, and again in 2012 during the biennial Caravane des Cinemas d’Afrique where he lectured on Les nomades du Kenya and exhibited portraits of traditional African people.
Now semi-retired David enjoys sharing his love of photography with Camera Clubs and Photographic Societies.