11th April 2018 - "Astro-Photography" by Stephen Banks - the Dorset Scouser

For our April presentation we enjoyed an evening of spectacular astro-photography with Liverpool-born Stephen Banks - the Dorset Scouser.  In 2010 Stephen moved to Bridport in Dorset and this is where he is now based as he reported that the clarity of the night skies in this area is far superior for his type of photography.  Also there is an amazing supply of outstanding landscapes here which can be so effectively developed into 'night-scapes'.  Stephen's short film titled 'Bridport by Night' was the first film shown to us as he explained how he initially became addicted to time-lapse photography and this in turn developed into landscape astro- photography.  'Dorset by Night' was another of his short films which was created for the 2018 'Spirit of Bridport Festival of Culture'.  Stephen has an obsession with the Milky Way and in 2013 he submitted 2 'Durdle Door' images to the 'Astronomy Photographer of the Year' and these were used as poster boys for the competition and subsequent promotional material.  His image 'Archway to Heaven' was selected as the cover image of the 2013' Years collection book and the 2015 calendar.