It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of my long term friend and co-photographer Roger Holman.
Since 1967 Roger and I have been photographing together on many audio visual projects and books.
Roger Holman (right) and myself at Wimborne's Allendale Centre preparing for an audio visual show
He was a great lover of the Dorset coastline and also had a considerable knowledge of rural Dorset. He was always enthusiastic at the thought of getting out in the landscape in search of pictures. Many times he got me out of bed at some unearthly hour to go off in search of early morning light and we would also stay out to capture any amount of setting suns and in all weathers I might add.
Although a few years older than me he would clamber over difficult terrain and slippery rocks with a backpack full of lenses and the camera always mounted on a heavy tripod. There were times when I couldn’t keep up and just sat it out until he returned. There were also a few moments when I lost him completely, eventually meeting up back where we had left the car, seemingly Rog was so engrossed in capturing his images he had completely forgotten I was with him. But then Rog was never well known for having a brilliant memory.
He was also very generous with his knowledge and was always keen to help anyone with problems with their camera or photography and I am quite sure there are many members of Wimborne Camera Club who are taking wonderful images today having received some helpful advice from Roger Holman.
For the publication of our first two books 'Landscapes of Dorset
' and 'The Villages of Dorset
', we teamed up with local writer Roger Guttridge and became known as 'The Three Rogers'.
Roger Holman,Roger Guttridge,Roger Lane
Roger and I didn’t just travel around Dorset, there were many occasions when we set off to Cornwall, Wales, the Lake District and overseas to France, Germany for the Photokina Exhibition in Cologne and in recent years to Italy where we photographed Venice and the islands of the Venetian Lagoon including the beautiful and colourful island of Burano where once again I hasten to say Roger suddenly disappeared from view leaving me talking to myself. I looked back to find him photographing a number of young ladies on one of Burano’s many canal bridges. He found Burano so inspiring on out first morning there I remember him saying ‘Gosh I’m like a kid in a sweetshop’ The main image at the head of this feature is of Rog taking an amusing rest on the seat of Atilla the Hun on the island of Torcello.
Roger on Burano
Rog many thanks for your company over the years, it has been great knowing and working alongside you on our projects and books. Your images are timeless and you will never be forgotten.