For those of you who don’t know The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, it is a wonderful organisation of about 11,000 members. It was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of Photography’.
In October 2010 I received the distinction of Associate of the Royal Photographic Society with this panel.
The Society recognises and awards 3 levels of distinction, the Licentiateship, the Associateship and the Fellowship. I got my Licentiate, awarded for competence in practical photography, back in 2002, see my LRPS panel here.
The Associateship, the second highest distinction is more specialised. The RPS states that an ARPS ‘is awarded for a high degree of proficiency and the demonstration of a high technical and visual competence in particular categories’. My chosen category was Visual Art.
My submission for the ARPS consisted of a panel of 15 mounted prints, a hanging plan and a ‘statement of intent’, describing my vision behind the body of work.
Statement of Intent:
Still Life on City Canvas
In modern times we rush around our busy urban landscape, often without observing our environment, missing the art in our daily life.
I am struck by streets and buildings worn by time, their strong geometry and their textures. I study the contrast between the textures of reflective windows and worn, discoloured, wet and dry concrete and the interplay of light on these surfaces. Abandoned or utilitarian objects form still life studies in this context. I see beauty and a weight of emotion in the decay.
In this visual art panel, I try to create crafted still life images, designed to evoke curiosity and emotion, from the canvas of everyday urban scenes.