RCPS Press Report 12th Jan 2017

Well after the festive season, it’s back to business with the second half of our photographic meetings season.

There’s a change to the published programme with speaker Richard Spurdens DPAGB, EFIAP/Silver, now coming to us on Monday, 16th January rather than a week later when that slot will now be taken up with Members’ Lecturettes. Richard will be talking about ‘Landscape to studio and a few bits in between.’ Richard states that he likes to photograph whatever gives him an emotional response, resulting in very personal photographs that contain the essential element of visual beauty that is important to him. He describes himself as a ‘hobbyist photographer’ with an academic background in Fine Art and Fine Art Nude figure studies. He enjoys working with models to show the female form in an ‘elegant and timeless form.’ Richard started taking pictures in the days of film, chemicals and dark rooms when motor sport, especially rallying, was his main interest and so good was he that several of his images made it to the pages of the motoring press of the time. When asked about the letters after his name, Richard replied that he has received Distinctions from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) and EFIAF, the International Federation of Photographic Art).  He obtained distinctions in the PAGB and EFIAF in successive years, this being quite an achievement and also a recognition of his work being at national and international standard.

Interestingly, in our recent survey of members, of the 29 that responded, 70% ‘Enjoyed entering competitions’ but only 52% thought that ‘Judges comments are helpful’ – a bit like ‘stay or go?’ all over again! Thankfully, around 80% of members found our programme to be ‘interesting and stimulating’ and ‘Well balanced between practical sessions, speakers and competitions’; 90% feel that RCPS keeps them ‘Well informed’ and 93% ‘Enjoy what RCPS has to offer.’ Thanks to those members who completed the survey.

The 16th January is also the closing date for our competition, Motion, so get a move on (get it?) and get your entries in. The judging for this is the last Monday of the month. The brief rules for the Motion competition are as follows: “Images that capture or suggest any kind of movement. The images themselves must be static, not animated GIFs.’ Later on, on 6th February, entries for the Monochrome competition become due so now is the time to be sorting through your B&W portfolio or to get out there, or even stay indoors, and capture your best monochrome yet!