There will be a celebratory mood at our December RPS group meeting which takes place on Tuesday 17th December in the small hall at 7.15 for 7.30pm as Jeff Owen who has recently achieved his ARPS will be bringing along his successful panel.
You’ll be very welcome to join us to find out more about the group and – if you are ready – to bring along prints you are thinking about for the RPS distinctions.
In keeping wit the celebratory mood and being close to Christmas, there will of course be mince pies too!
There is excellent news on the Royal Photographic Society front with Jeff Owen achieving his associateship. Jeff was awarded his ARPS with his intriguing panel “Bark Beetle Tracks” .
This prestigious RPS award requires applicants to submit 15 related images that sit harmoniously together and meet the aims set out in a statement of intent. Jeff’s panel was created from macro images of the tracks made by bark beetle larva feeding on the trees. In the trails the larva left behind Jeff saw, patterns that ‘reminded me of ancient art, Nazca lines in the Peru desert, cave paintings, hieroglyphs and aboriginal art. In some I could see strange figures locked together.’
Jeff processed the images to bring out his interpretation but notes that we each see something different and asks what do you see? One of Jeff Owen’s successful ARPS panel images
Another recent RPS success was for Jonathan Fiske who entered the monthly competition for the first time and was short listed. To make the final 20 out of 738 entries is a very good result, and especially pleasing for a first attempt.
Jonathan Fiske’s image that was short listed in the October RPS monthly competition
The November meeting of the RPS group will be on Tuesday 19th, as usual in the small hall at Tangmere Village centre with a 7.15 for 7.30pm start.
The group meets to support both Club members and visitors who are interested in pursuing the accreditations offered by the Royal Photograph Society at Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship levels.
This supportive group has helped many over the years to attain these highly regarded accreditations so do come along to find out more. There’s no need to bring work to begin with – you’ll be very welcome just to join us to see if this might be something you’d like to follow.
The cost per session is £3 for Club Members and £4 for visitors.
The featured image is Home from the Market by Sarah Nichol and was one of the images in her recent successful LRPS submission
The RPS Group welcomes all those who are interested in finding out more and working towards the distinctions offered by the Royal Photographic Society. We meet for our second session this season on Tuesday 15th October when we will be looking at some recent LRPS (Licentiate) and ARPS (Associate) awards and the underlying principles of making panels (that is a cohesive group pf images) at those levels.
You are welcome to simply come along to find out more, and when you are ready, to bring along a good wide selection of your photographs. These do not need to be full size (A5 or so is fine), but do please tack them onto some card as this helps keep them upright on the print stands we use.
Other members of the group are already well on their way to completed panels and our discussions of those will demonstrate further how to go about applying for these highly regarded distinctions.
You don’t need to be a member of Chichester Camera Club to join this (or indeed any of our Special Interest Groups).
The featured image is by Sara Nichol and formed part of her successful LRPS
The RPS subgroup will be meeting next Tuesday, 19th February, at 7.30 pm in the Small Hall.
Apart from our usual discussion of members ‘Work in progress’ we will also have a presentation of a recent successful Fellowship Panel from Daan Olivier FRPS who will tell us how he approached his Fellowship Project and what was involved.
We are short of volunteers to give the vote of thanks to our judges and speakers on the following dates. Dec 6th, Jan 10th & 24th, Feb 7th & 21st, Mar 7th, 21st & 28th, Apr 11th, 18th & 25th, May 9th & 23rd. This is important for the club so please be kind enough to let either Mike Hancock, Mike Harris or Glyn Edmunds know by email if you are willing to give a VOT. Obviously we need someone for this coming meeting on the 6th.
Now for the fun and games. On Dec 13th we have our Christmas special, Ho Ho Ho, which is a fun evening where we can enjoy ourselves by dressing in our favourite Christmas attire, enjoy some Christmas fare and drink while competing as teams in a Christmas quiz so I do hope as many of you as possible can attend. We need prizes donated for the raffle which can be brought to our next meeting on the 6th or on the night of the Christmas special on the 13th. For those who plan to attend could you also bring some finger food and drinks on the night for us all to enjoy.
I’m delighted to be able to tell you that both Lynne Owen and Tony Baverstock have achieved their Associateships with the Royal Photographic Society, a real accomplishment.
They will both admit that one of the hardest parts of gaining and ARPS is that the panel – of 15 images – has to have a theme. That the highest standards of photography are required is a given, but finding and delivering a themed panel is a real challenge.
Tony had considered all sorts of projects, and then one day was just crushing a drinks bottle for the recycling when he saw how beautifully the light played on the plastic. From that, he created a superb panel of black and white abstract images, as you can see from the examples below.
Lynne too had tried out a few ideas – and you might have seen something of her eventual successful panel at North Mundham earlier this year. A truly creative idea around windows that really open to reveal the interior – and again you can see a couple of these below.
It’s congratulations to both Lynne and Tony, both awarded ARPS in the Fine Art category. One with a deceptively simple idea, that required first rate mono photography and printing skills; the other with a more complicated concept that also took some construction skills!
Many Members will know I’ve been away on a family holiday in the Lake District, arriving in Cumbria via a circuitous route including Bath, Wells, Tintern, Hereford and Shropshire.
The reason for that was the starting point in Bath at the Royal Photographic Society headquarters where my ‘Botanicals’ panel was assessed for Associate membership. I’m delighted to say this was successful, and my panel was very warmly received by the assessors who were most complimentary.
As you can guess, I’m thrilled to achieve this, and very grateful to everyone who helped me along the way. Graham Sergeant who runs the RPS Group with Iain McGowan and John Bradshaw top that list of course, but Dave Abbott’s quiet encouragement – and careful checking of the Latin names (no more Freesia incidents!) was also valuable. One of the real strengths of our Club is the support we give each other and the generous sharing of skills, so thank you to David Harris and Stephen Marsh from whom I learnt technical skills and to Ross Laney for the loan of the copy stand! And finally, a thank you also to Glyn Edmunds who put me in touch with Chris Palmer, an RPS assessor who was so encouraging.
To find out more about the RPS distinctions, do come along to the next group meeting on Tuesday 15th November at 7.30 in the small hall at Tangmere.
We had rather a good RPS week as Graham is featured in the Society’s November Journal receiving the RPS Grand Prix Trophy and Gold Medal for his AV Beeswing from RPS President Walter Benzie, and Glyn ‘s forthcoming presentation with Dianne Owen to the RPS Creative Group in Cambridgeshire.
Lorna Brown’s ‘Bluebells’, from her successful Creative ARPS Botanical Panel
The first RPS Group meeting of the season on Tuesday 20th September is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the art of creating panels (co-ordinated sets of images) as well as the criteria for achieving the Royal Photographic Society accreditation. These are Licentiate, Associateship and Fellowship, awards now held by a good number of Club members, many of whom who have been supported through this group. Do just come along to observe to find out if this might be something you would like to pursue.
7.30 in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre, £3 for members, £4 for non-members.
Graham Sergeant FRPS who runs the RPS Group
Patron: The Right Worshipful Mayor of Chichester. Affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Southern Counties Photographic Federation.