The Monday Muse Week 25

22 February 2016

Region: London

The Monday Muse Week 25

We are delighted to introduce another guest muse this week from the fabulous Cheryl Newman.

“This week my dear friend and photographer Capa Gold medal winner Marcus Bleasdale became the father of beautiful twin girls. As they grow up they will be no strangers to the cameras lens. So this Monday I am musing on the treasured family photograph. As a child, my mother kept all of our precious family pictures in a battered old suitcase. On Sunday afternoons I’d get all the dog-eared snaps out and arrange them in different groups, weddings, family pets and babies. These old family pictures are where my love for photography started. I still have them in the same old case. These ancient tiny black and white objects with their wiggly border are my treasures. They are timeless. Technology allowed me to meet the baby Bleasdales who live in Norway virtually, just hours after their birth and has changed the way we enjoy and share our family snap-shots.  What is the family album now?"

So this week, we want to see either pictures of your family album – from leather-bound volumes to shoe-boxes under the bed or images that you would put in your family album.


Image © Cheryl Newman


Cheryl Newman is a writer, artist and photography consultant living in London. For more than fifteen years she was the Photography Director of the Telegraph Magazine, a glossy weekend supplement with The Daily Telegraph newspaper. She raised the profile of the magazine commissioning intelligent and inventive photography worldwide. She teaches workshops globally on, editorial and documentary photography. She has been a committee member of the Royal Photographic Society. She has served as a judge for many photographic awards including; PhotoEvidence Book Award 2015, the Flash Forward Award 2015 and the 2015 Moran Contemporary Photography Prize, Sydney, Australia. She is on the Faculty of the Bilder Nordic School in Oslo and a regular speaker on the photo circuit in the UK, US and Europe. At present she is curating, ‘Time To See’, a long-term project on avoidable blindness within the Commonwealth for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, ‘We Feed The World’, an exhibition and book project documenting small framers globally.


The Monday Muse is an ongoing initiative.  There are no deadlines and you don’t have to take the photographs in the week that the Muse is set.  Once you’ve set up your album, you can add to it any time.  A list of previous Muses can be found here. You don’t have to be a member of the London Region to participate - all-comers welcome!

Monday Muse Info

As the inspirational ideas we posted as part of the Bleeding London project proved to be so popular, we’re going to continue the theme with The Monday Muse.  Every Monday, we’ll be posting an inspirational idea for the week, with links to tips and suggestions on how to achieve the best images.  We’ll be featuring our favourites here on the blog and in our monthly eZine Capital Interest.  And just to add a bit of competition, we’ll be running a points league.  There is one point for posting an image and there will be occasional bonus points.  At the end of the year, whoever has the most points will receive a gift voucher to spend in the RPS shop. 

What to do next

Take your family album image(s).

EITHER upload it to your Monday Muse album in the RPS galleries and send the link to  

OR post the image (or a link to it) to the RPS London group on Facebook

OR tweet it (@ The_RPSLonfon; hashtag #rpsmuse)

OR upload to Instagram (hashtag #rpsmuse)

Don’t forge to tell us which competition you’re entering.


Small Print

Images must be taken after the topic has been announced.  By submitting to The Monday Muse, you agree that we can use your images on the RPS website and in RPS publications.  Copyright remains with the photographer.  Full accreditation will be given.