During the 1890s, photography had become simpler and more
popular, and the membership of Edinburgh Photographic Society increased
was a prominent member of the society, winning many awards, leading Saturday
rambles and judging exhibitions. In 1899, he was described as 'Lantern Slide
Medallist, Edinburgh & London'.
lectures to the society between 1883 and 1902, most being on the subject of
Photography and Fine Art or Travels through Fife.
In 1894, he
gave a lecture titled Rambles through Fife with a Camera to one of the
EPS Popular Evenings. These evenings were held in Queen Street Hall about
four or five times a year. The cinema was not to arrive for about another
decade, so the EPS lectures tended to be both educational and popular with
attendances sometimes reaching a thousand.
The lecture, Rambles through Fife with a Camera, was illustrated with
about 120 slides made from James Patrick's photographs and shown through the
Magic Lantern. The words were read by James Patrick but written by his
sister, Jessie Patrick Findlay who had written several books and wrote a weekly
column for The Scotsman for many years. She also entertained the
audience on the evening by singing several songs to illustrate the fishing
industry of Fife.