David F. Cooke Presentation and Image Discussion Evening

David will be the first outside speaker in a new format for this year. The first half of the evening will be a presentation by David and in the second half David will lead an image discussion evening of members’ images based on a theme to be set.

David has long been a keen photographer, learning from his Dad when he was young and going on to be a photographer for his school magazine and for the student newspaper at Leeds University, when he was an undergraduate there.
After graduating and subsequently getting his PhD in combustion engineering, he worked in industry and local government before joining the UK Open University. During this time, photography took a back seat until he was given a Nikon D70 for his birthday in 2006 – and the love of making images was rekindled.
He joined the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) that same year and has worked his way up the distinctions ladder, gaining his FRPS in 2015. David has been an active member of the RPS, having been a Trustee and member of the RPS Council between 2012 and 2017 and Chair of the RPS Education Committee (2013-2015). He also Chaired the RPS Digital Imaging Group (2011-2014) and was editor of the Group’s quarterly magazine, ‘DIGIT’ (2010-2014) as well at the RPS Visual Art Group magazine ‘Visual Art’ (2010-2016). Currently, David is Vice Chair of the RPS Creative Eye Special Interest Group.
David uses a Nikon D810, mostly with Nikkor 28mm, 50mm, 85mm prime lenses. His photographic interests are wide-ranging but his main interest is in photographing people in their environment.