For she’s a jolly good Fellow – Angela Adams FSWPP

DAPA member, John Powell, asked me to share a blog from my own site here.  It didn’t take much persuading!

For she’s a jolly good Fellow, and so said… The five judges who scored my panel at the recent SWPP Annual Convention.  Having just returned from a luxurious stay at the Hilton London Metropole, now home to the SWPP Convention, I’m proud to announce my achievement in becoming a Fellow.  The culmination of around 14 months work, to create a panel of 20 pictures which were then entered into the portrait category for this prestigious distinction (achieved by less than 1% of UK photographers), the highest qualification by submission in the UK.

My aim has always been to take ownership of this body of work and not photograph another’s creation. With this in mind, I undertook a 500 mile journey to attend a two-day course in basic foam design with Foam Wizard, John Davis. Over the ensuing months I hand-crafted all the armour, helmets, collars, cloaks and accessories portrayed in these pictures.  Enabling me to maintain the integrity of my initial concept. My intent was also to use camera-craft and technique to create each image in-camera. The pictures were shot in my garden and garage, and at a friends home in Nogdam End.  The people featured are all family and friends, who gave freely of their time to share my photographic journey.

Featuring key members of a monarchical society, this story of this panel drew its form from a combination of historical narrative and science fiction, both loves shared between my father and I. I threw myself into creating a story and bringing to life my cast of characters. This brought much joy, frustration, sleepless nights and self-doubt. With each completed photograph ideas changed and grew – it seemed, at times, as if the panel was creating itself and taking a direction I hadn’t initially intended. The two young sisters featured, became beacons of hope, not only for their journey within this piece, but also for me, it began to feel as if we travelled the path to enlightened hope together.  A fan of the Chiarascuro device, I attempted to include its strong contrasts between dark and light wherever possible,  aiming to reinforce the thread of hope hand-stitched into the fabric of my story.

My choice to display the images in 4:3 format, was one born of nostalgia, influenced by my parents love of silent movies and early television – I know this would have made them smile. I chose to portray many of my characters large within the frame, aiming to add a feeling of claustrophobia and restriction and to portray a sense of self-obsession. The absence of bright colour was a device employed to depict the darkness associated with a war-torn society. The paper chosen to print this panel was not left to chance, I trialled nine and selected the one I feel works best with the tonal range, along with mounts to add to the overall darkness of the piece.

Finally, I made a storybook album in scrapbook form to accompany the panel, which was presented to the five judges on the day of judging.  I’m happy to say my panel received a unanimous pass, with all five judges giving a thumbs up!

The images below show some behind the scenes pictures of the process.  Followed by my panel and its associated story.

Angela Adams F Panel

Angela Adams Fellowship

Above: behind the scenes at the judging.  Below: the layout of the panel.

AA Fellowship SWPP Panel 1

And so the story begins…

Front

Hayley

Prophet Pulford

Shaman

Moeder

Daughters

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Margaret

Mark

Hood

Carly

Paul

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Left:  The Awards Ceremony at the Hilton London Metropole, with Phil Jones of The Societies.

My only sadness is that my mother didn’t get to see the pictures, she was always a great advocate of my work. It was apt I achieved this qualification on the first anniversary of her death. This panel is dedicated to her – Maud May Felgate (1926-2015).

My thanks to:  Mark Butler, Jessica Tuohy and her Posing Ponies, Lisa North, Hayley Bird, Carly Moskwa-Margiotta, Joanna Swan, Al Pulford, Kayla and Lauren Moggach, Paul Parker, Maggie Parker and Damian McGillicuddy.   I couldn’t have done this without your support.

 

1st Bishnupur International Photography Salon 2015 – India

FIAP salons still feature in some of our member’s portfolios, but are a more personal journey with regards works entered and over what time frame.  Member Cherry Larcombe was enticed to enter the 1st Bishnupur International Salon of Photography in India, which paid dividends as she was awarded, Best Still Life.
‘The image itself contains a glass bottle, which I bought as part of a job lot of about 20, from a junk shop in Deal,’  Cherry tells me.  ‘It was full of dirt and muck, but I decided to keep it dirty as I felt it added a bit of interest to the shot.’   Cherry created the background to the vase with several textured layers, including one of clouds.  Well done Cherry!
Awarded Best Still Life - by Cherry Larcombe

Best Still Life – by Cherry Larcombe

 

The 21st Shrewsbury Open Photographic Exhibition 2015

Let me start by thanking judges Peter Clark FRPS EFIAP/p APASA MPSA, Louise Hill LRPS MPAGB and Bill Preston LRPS DPAGB BPE3* for their time in judging the 21st Shrewsbury Open Exhibition this year.  Many DAPA members have been entering BPEs for a number of years now and are taking time out from some exhibitions to gather new works.  That said we’d like to congratulate Alan Ranger for his three works that received the following awards:  Atlantic Sculptures – Commended.  Winter Dusk – Commended. Hartland Dusk –  Silver Selector’s Medal.    We’d also like to congratulate Dave Shrubb for his two works that received the following awards: Up on the Rings – Commended.  Grand Central Terminal – Highly Commended.  DAPA members totaled 14 acceptances and 5 awards from the 4 members who entered this exhibition.

Grand Central Terminal by Dave Shrubb

Grand Central Terminal by Dave Shrubb

Up on the Rings by Dave Shrubb

Up on the Rings by Dave Shrubb

Winter Dusk by Alan Ranger

Winter Dusk by Alan Ranger

Atlantic Sculptures by Alan Ranger

Atlantic Sculptures by Alan Ranger

Hartland Dusk by Alan Ranger

Hartland Dusk by Alan Ranger

 

DAPA Meet – Birmingham Zombie Walk

The Birmingham Zombie Walk, 2015 was a charitable event in which members of the public could, for a small donation, get themselves made-up as, you’ve guessed it, “Zombies” and in doing so walk the streets of Birmingham with all the funds raised going to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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This year’s walk took place on Saturday 8th August in Victoria Square right at the heart of the City Centre. Several DAPA Group members were in attendance, masquerading not as zombies, but as photographers, doing their utmost to capture all the fun of the day.

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Due to the hard work and dedication of the event organisers the Birmingham Zombie Walk has grown in popularity each year attracting over 2,000 ‘zombies’. Since 2009, when the event was first staged, over £26,000 has been raised for the Children’s Hospital.

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If you happened to have missed this years event it’s still not too late to make a donation. You can donate by text:

Text ‘ZOMB88 with £2, £5, £10 or £20? to 70070.

Or, you can donate online by visiting:

www.justgiving.com/birmingham-zombies

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DAPA Group consists of around 20 members. Despite being small on numbers we make up for it in passion. Our members have a broad range of interests and therefore cover several genes of photography.

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If you would like to know more about our group, or perhaps you would just like to join us on our next outing, please, by all means – get in touch today: info@dapagroup.com

 

Beyond Group National Exhibition 2015

The results are in, and as always Beyond proves a tough nut to crack.  As the years pass DAPA members don’t always enter all BPEs… some cherry pick their favourites, others take time out to build a portfolio of images, and some of us (me included) simply take a break.  That said Beyond has always been a favourite and most consider themselves lucky to achieve an acceptance, let alone an award.  Many forget that an exhibition differs somewhat from a competition, as a well-rounded selection of images are needed, from each genre, to produce a balanced exhibition catalogue.   Member Alan Ranger was Commended for his work Atlantic Sculptures.

Atlantic Sculptures by Alan Ranger

Atlantic Sculptures by Alan Ranger

 

Winchester National Exhibition 2015

The Winchester National Exhibition is a new digital photographic images exhibition.  Organised by Winchester Photographic Society, who are affiliated to the British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE), the exhibition is one of many which photographers wishing to gain BPE Crown distinctions may enter to accrue acceptances.  A number of DAPA members gained acceptances at this exhibition with  Harry Wentworth being awarded a Certificate of Merit for Foolishness of Youth.  Cherry Larcome was also awarded a Certificate of Merit for Snow in Cumbria and Alan Ranger was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Winter Dusk and came 3rd in the Landscapes category with Hartland Fingers.

Hartland Fingers by Alan Ranger

Hartland Fingers by Alan Ranger

Winter Dusk by Alan Ranger

Winter Dusk by Alan Ranger

Snow in Cumbria by Cherry Larcombe

Snow in Cumbria by Cherry Larcombe

The Foolishness of Youth by Harry Wentworth

The Foolishness of Youth by Harry Wentworth

 

Alba Photographic Exhibition 2015

With some different interpretations of categories in this exhibition, it was interesting to see the images that were accepted and awarded.  Five DAPA members entered this competition and achieved 20 acceptances and 7 awards.  Alan Ranger was Highly Commended for Desole and Rivers of Snow.  Dave Shrub was Highly Commended for Clarkes Anemone Shrimp and Bubble Coral – special congratulations also, to Dave Shrubb who achieved his BPE2*.  John Powell was Highly Commended for Andy Capp.  Harry Wentworth was Highly Commended for The Foolishness of Youth and Commended for Harvest of The Skies and Devotion.

Desole by Alan Ranger

Desole by Alan Ranger

River of Snow by Alan Ranger

River of Snow by Alan Ranger

Clarkes Anemone fish with Bubble Coral by Dave Shrubb

Clarkes Anemone fish with Bubble Coral by Dave Shrubb

Andy Capp by John Powell

Andy Capp by John Powell

Harvest of the Skies by Harry Wentworth

Harvest of the Skies by Harry Wentworth

The Foolishness of Youth by Harry Wentworth

The Foolishness of Youth by Harry Wentworth

Devotion by Harry Wentworth

Devotion by Harry Wentworth

 

The Robin Hood Open Exhibition 2015

Well done to all who entered and commiserations to those who weren’t awarded any acceptances – the competition was high! ‘Despite all the awards DAPA members have gained in this exhibition – well done each and everyone of you, all very well deserved, ‘ said John Powell.

DAPA members achieved 18 acceptances and 3 awards.  Harry Wentworth received the Peter Yeo Selectors Awards for Working Girl.  David Meredith was Highly Commended for Gloucester Cathedral.  Dave Shrubb was Commended for Grand Central Terminal.  Harry Wentworth was particularly please with an acceptance of his new work: ‘Selling My Soul… got it’s first acceptance this is good news as it is a new image and I spent many hours putting it together!’

Working Girl by Harry Wentworth

Working Girl by Harry Wentworth

Gloucester Cathedral by David Meredith

Gloucester Cathedral by David Meredith

Grand Central Terminal by Dave Shrubb

Grand Central Terminal by Dave Shrubb

 

Photography News Magazine, Absolute Camera Club of the Year 2015

We didn’t win, but were just 8 points behind the winners – a superb achievement which included entries from seasoned and new members just learning their craft.  Well done to the winners, Amersham Photographic Society and all those who entered. Thanks to Will Cheung for organising and arranging the judging.

I’ve included our highest scoring entries from each of the five rounds below.  The competition took place over a number of months and 5 different members were required to enter an image relating to a given theme, over a total of 5 rounds. A list of participants is shown below… you’ll see by the scores that it was a close-run race, with just a single point between first and second place.

The first theme was water, Jon, John and Harry achieved 17/20

Flood of tears by Harry Wentworth

Flood of tears by Harry Wentworth

Immersed in Action by John Powell

Immersed in Action by John Powell

Vertigo by Jon Baxter

Vertigo by Jon Baxter

The second theme was weather, Jon and Cherry achieved 17/20

Skyfall by Jon Baxter

Skyfall by Jon Baxter

Raining Again by Cherry Larcombe

Raining Again by Cherry Larcombe

The third theme was close-up, Alan achieved 19/20

Poppy Seed Head by Alan Ranger

Poppy Seed Head by Alan Ranger

The fourth theme was travel, Alan achieved 17/20

Holy Cow by Alan-Ranger

Holy Cow by Alan-Ranger

The fifth theme was trees, Cherry achieved 18/20

Light through the Forest by Cherry Larcombe

Light through the Forest by Cherry Larcombe

 

Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition 2015

The competition was tough in this exhibition with many DAPA members drawing a blank – will it disillusion them?  No!  They’ll be creating and tweaking as I type and will live to enter another day. DAPA members achieved 11 acceptances and 3 awards.  Harry Wentworth received a PAGB Ribbon for Working Girl, Dave Shrubb was Highly Commended for Up on the Rings and Alan Ranger for Front Runner.

Up on the Rings by Dave Shrubb

Up on the Rings by Dave Shrubb

Working Girl by Harry Wentworth

Working Girl by Harry Wentworth

Front Runner by Alan Ranger

Front Runner by Alan Ranger

 
 
 

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