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Len Deeley FRPS

21 July 1946 - 17 June 2016

Len Deeley
Len Deeley FRPS

Sadly Len Deeley was taken ill on Wednesday evening 15th June 2016, with aortic dissection, he was operated on at St Georges, Tooting but suffered a massive stroke. Len passed away on Friday 17th June 2016.

Our condolences and thoughts are with his wife Pat and his family.

Len began diving as a member of 562 Para Sqn. T.A. back in 1970 with BSAC London Army 328 Branch. When Len left the T.A. in 1975 he joined BSAC East Ham Branch 604. However, Len really settled into serious diving when he became a member of the Billericay Sub Aqua Club (1620) in 1980 when it formed.

His first camera was a Nikonos IVA. A couple of years later Len moved on to a Canon F1, which he housed in an Ikalite housing, accompanied by an Ikalite 225 flashgun. In 1998 Len changed again to a Nikon F90, housed in an Aquatica Housing, using a Nikon SB26 flashgun, twinned up with a Nikon SB28 . Both of these were housed in custom made Housings'.

In 2006 Len made the transition to digital by purchasing a Nikon D70s, which he housed in a Sea and Sea housing. Len also changed the flashgun arrangement to Inons. In 2010 Len upgraded to the Nikon D300 in a new Sea and Sea housing.

In 1981 Len joined the British Society of Underwater Photographers, where he got to know many underwater photographers, some of international status. This was an invaluable part of a learning process, which helped him develop his underwater photography.

At a BSAC Diving Officers Conference in the early 80's Len saw an audio visual presentation of an expedition to Norway and was totally knocked out by the power of the medium. Before long he had his own A/V equipment and enjoyed bringing together three of his delights, photography, diving and music. Len’s audio visuals are now totally digital, although he started in pre digital days, using two and three Kodak Carousel projectors. His audio visuals include underwater sequences and details can be found on the Audio Visual page of his website. In 2001 Len obtained a Distinction with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB).

In 1986 Len moved from Essex to Surrey and joined Cranleigh Sub Aqua Club and Godalming Photographic Club, with whom he developed an interest in other forms of photography and printing techniques. This led to his own darkroom and, latterly, digital imaging. Len also joined The Royal Society of Photography (RPS) and earned an ARPS distinction in the Applied Category using underwater images taken with slide film. This was followed in 2006 when Len achieved a Fellowship distinction with the RPS in the Nature category with digital prints.

Having the right type of diving is so important for underwater photography and that is unlikely to be found with a normal diving club. In 1988 therefore, Len formed Photosub Underwater Photography Club. This club, with a membership of circa 50 people, provided the backdrop for much of his diving. Len have been on the lecture circuit of the Surrey Photographic Association since 1993 and regularly give talks, slide shows and lectures, including photoshop technique and how to produce digital audio visuals.

In February 2000, after 29 successful years with an American bank, Len took redundancy, which has gave the opportunity to concentrate on his photography and diving. Len regularly organized diving trips for underwater photographers to locations worldwide, such as Red Sea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, Galapagos, Cocos Islands, South Africa, Mozambique, Philippines, Cuba, etc.
By building up successes with entries in various British Photographic Exhibitions affiliated to the BPE Crown Awards scheme Len achieved the BPE1 award certificate in March 2007, BPE2 in April 2007 and BPE3 in May 2008.

In 2009 Len was commissioned with a dive friend Karen Gargani to produce a book. The book, called Ultimate Diving Adventures, was released in UK in October 2009 with world wide publication thereafter.

In March 2011 Len was awarded AFIAP distinction with the Federation Internationale Del'Art Photographique.

In May 2015 Len was awarded EFIAP distinction with the Federation Internationale Del'Art Photographique.

Len was Chairman of Mid Thames AV Group and a regular attendee and entrant of AV Festivals. He was well known for his incredible underwater photography. His most recent success were for 'Thistlegorm Remembered' in the 2016 Peter Coles IAC International and for 'A Compasionate Man' in the 2014 Great Northern Festival. Both sequences received Special Judges Mentions.


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