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.
The RPS group meets to support Club members and visitors who are interested in working towards the Royal Photographic Society awards. You are very welcome to come along to find out more about the group – there is no need to bring images, but if you have work you’d like to have considered in developing an RPS panel (that is a collection of images that work together) do bring them along. No need to make them full size, or mounted at this stage. 7.30 in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre, with a cost of £3 for members and £4 for visitors
Next week’s special interest group meeting is the RPS group. This group supports Club members and visitors who are interested in working towards the Royal Photographic Society awards. You are very welcome to come along to find out more about the group – there is no need to bring images, but if you have work you’d like to have considered in developing an RPS panel (that is a collection of images that work together) do bring them along. No need to make them full size, or mounted at this stage. 7.30 in the small hall at Tangmere Village Centre, with a cost of £3 for members and £4 for visitors