After battling cancer for several weeks, our good friend and staunch supporter of the Richmond Photo Club, Derek Applegarth died peacefully at home on July 28, 2021.
Derek was a long-standing member of the Richmond Photo Club (15+ years). Having retired from a position as professor in the medical genetics department at UBC in 2003, he was elected Vice President of the photo club in 2006 and President in 2008. He was a generous mentor to many and his recent interests included facilitating a photography program for the Association of Professors Emeriti at UBC, and being a member of the planning committee of TALK, the third age of learning programme at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Derek was a creative and logical thinker who enjoyed the art of photography and sharing his work and enthusiasm with others, usually with a bright twinkle in his eyes, and he will be missed by all of us who knew him.
In Derek’s own words (from his Flickr account):
“I seem to enjoy photographing things and use processing to show what I want others to see in the thing that I photographed.”
“I live in Steveston, BC, Canada and photograph mostly on Pender Island BC and in Sedona, Arizona - or wherever I am lucky enough to be.”
“I use a Sony RX100 mark 6 camera which is small enough to be wherever I am.”
To celebrate Derek’s photographic eye, and his view of the world, the gallery on this page presents a selection of the photos he shared with us at the club over many years, featuring especially Pender Island and Sedona which were both like a second home to him.
He may be gone, but we can still appreciate a look at the world through Derek’s lens...