Now we know who Jamie Peters is!
On the evening of Monday 13th March, Jamie Peters presented “Who am I?”. He started the evening by giving us some of his background. Growing up in the Scottish Borders surrounded by hills, woodland and wild places Jamie became passionate about the world around him. As a child he would spend his free time exploring the area, fishing the rivers and lochs and walking the hills. When he was 20 he joined the British Army as a Royal Engineer and during this time he completed a basic photography course at the Defence School of Photography. Finding he enjoyed it he then began a long course earning an NVQ in Photography and then learning Video. During his first post as a photographer he was sent to Afghanistan 3 times including 6 months on the Combat Camera Team as well as jobs in Cyprus, Germany and recently East Africa. When not capturing the everyday life of the military he spends his time photographing wildlife and more recently horses.
The first part of the evening was a showcase for his day-to-day work in the Army. This range included images of guard dogs, equipment, action on the front, publicity and the Queen. Quite a range! Even though his role is that of photographer he still has to stay fit and be a soldier. When he is at the front he has to carry all the normal equipment a soldier would but on top of that is all the camera gear, laptop etc. he uses. With his training (you cannot become a photographer until you have at least attained the rank of corporal) he can anticipate the action about to take place so can be ready for that fleeting moment he wants to capture. Not all the images he takes are from the front, though. There were many shots from his time In Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak in 2014/15 showing the people and the work being done. He has used quadcopters (or drones) for some of his video work and showed some impressive recruiting material which combined the video and still images to great effect. He finished off the first half with what he called his “softer” subjects – often showing the people and environment where his work took him. In particular he had a series of images all of children and all in “difficult” areas e.g. Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. They were wonderful images of children being happy in the most trying of circumstances.
In the second half of the evening he concentrated on his own personal interests of wildlife and nature photography which he uses to unwind. There were superb shots of owls, spiders, badgers, deer, foxes and praying mantises. The skills he has honed in the “day job” had been brought to bear to create a series of arresting images. Recently he has been moving into urban landscapes and from the images we saw it looks as though it will be another string to his bow. There were plenty of questions during the evening from an appreciative audience and Jamie received a deserved loud round of applause at the end.