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Perkin Elmer 1010A microdensitometer
CREDIT: Microdensitometer. From a technical paper by Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS

President's news

News from RPS President Dr Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
The Arctic Regions #36
CREDIT: Dunmore & Critcherson. Gift of Mary and Dan Solomon to National Gallery of Art Washington DC
Travel, documentary and fine art
Studying stuff in the work of others; then and now

When studying the work of others I always find it useful to compare and contrast. I see travel, documentary and fine art in the works of Chloe Dewe Mathews and Dunmore & Critcherson.

Cator Family Ablum
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Photobooks - now and then
Stuff to study and stuff to do

A study from a long standing interest in photobooks. Modern and historical perspectives of the genre - stuff to do and study!

Phototherapy Prints
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Photo-Therapy
Stuff for a social purpose

The Photo-Therapy Day online symposium, a joint event with the 'GRIFO' Photo-Therapy Research Group contained wonderful examples of photography with a therapeutic purpose.

The Great Wave, Sète 1857, Gustave Le Gray
CREDIT: Victoria And Albert Museum, London
Leaders in their field - Gustave Le Gray
Studying stuff - layers the hard way

Gustave Le Gray was primarily an artist, mixing the art of composition with the then emerging science of photography.

M81 82 HST Subaru S
CREDIT: Robert Gendler, Roberto Colombari, Hubble Legacy Archive, Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Spitzer Telescope
Happy Birthday Hubble!
30 years in photography; stuff of inspiration

The Hubble Space Telescope images have been an inspiration to many. Here is my list of stuff to do as it may help you with your thoughts.

Venus As A Banana
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
On the shoulders of Giants
An exercise in capturing stuff

A challenge for my Aperture project. Can I ride on the shoulders of Galileo and record the phases of Venus with a standard camera lens and DSLR? Just about!

Blue Filtered Landscape
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
In search of skies
Stuff to study in the past and present

Thinking about the difficulties that Landscape photographers must have had with early photographic materials. I find I learn much better if I try stuff out and here is a little project anyone can try.

Venus And HIP18508
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
A project on Aperture
Illustrating stuff with overexposure

One of the less extensively explored use of aperture control is the production of starbursts features. Try it out as a creative use of gross overexposure.

Ruth Harriet Louise Potato
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
In the style of Ruth Harriet Louise
Stuff to do for a social purpose

Moving on with ideas for Potato Photographer of the Year, this time in the style of Ruth Harriet Louise, early Hollywood photographer.

Punishment Hooks Sachsenhausen Memorial
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
A moment of reflection
75th anniversary of VE day

Today nations together shared moments of reflection. To the whole RPS community on this day I wish you safety, peace, and good health.

Full Moon
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
A sense of community
Doing stuff together at this time

The interactions across the RPS community community are important to me. Examples of doing stuff with members old and new.

Agfa Billy 1
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Just some old camera?
Stuff to see and build

Stop and see some possibilities for stuff to do. IR conversion for analogue use, digital conversion for monochrome photo. And Potato Photographer of the Year.

Project Aperture
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Study stuff - my Aperture project
Sharing some thoughts on camera lenses

Like many photographers I have amassed a set of lenses over the years. The aim of this project is to gain a greater insight into these lenses and why they exhibit such individuality.

Potato Family in the style of Viscountess Jocelyn
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Food for thought
Stuff to do and study for a social purpose

I have two "Photography of the Year" awards to share with you, both with a strong social purpose. I recommend both to you as worthy of your consideration as stuff to do and stuff to study.

Interior Of Room
CREDIT: Viscountess Jocelyn, National Gallery of Art Washington DC, R. K. Mellon Family Foundation
Sharing knowledge - now and then
Studying stuff with members past and present

Sharing of knowledge is what membership is all about and goes right back to the origins of the RPS. 

The Great West Illustrated In A Series Of Photographic Views Across The Continent 1869
CREDIT: Andrew Joseph Russell, Avalon Fund and New Century Fund, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Photo books the hard way
Studying stuff in the work of others

Cool and wet this evening so no sky photography. The sky is plain and grey but reminding me of some older work I had studied.

Venus In Pleiades
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Sharing our ideas
Doing stuff (sort of) together

One of the great virtues of The RPS comes from the connections across photography. An example of a common project with a fellow member.

Steel Mirror Mount
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Weight and see
Building stuff - moon camera part 5

A lesson in staying safe at this point in time and in my photography. Please join me in the same thoughts, stay safe and find stuff to do.

The Eye Of The Sun
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Giants of Photography - Lady Elizabeth Eastlake
Studying stuff in the writings of others

I have been studying stuff in the work of Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, a leading proponent of Photography as Art. "Integrating art and science, photography.."

Mission Moon David Eicher
A journey through 3D images
Studying stuff on my bookshelf

Being locked down is a chance to spend time studying stuff. Take a browse around The RPS Shop for a book or gift that motivates you

Trees At A Distance
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
My camera as an image sensor
Building stuff - moon camera part 4

Just a DSLR image sensor, a 2000mm f/6 mirror and a little persistence. First light achieved for this telescope!

A Chimney In My Mirror
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
My camera as a camera
Building stuff - moon camera part 3

When I built optical instruments in the past I got into the habit of a quick proof of principle before exploring the full capabilities. Here is an example with my moon camera prototype.

Camera Self Portrait
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
My camera as a measurement tool
Building stuff - moon camera part 2

Using a camera as a measurement tool. While I was doing this, one selfie of my DSLR, shot in an unusual manner in a telescope mirror.

Camera Configuration
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
My camera as a notebook
Building stuff - moon camera part 1

I have been promising myself I would build another really big camera. Here is the first step on the way. I get a lot of satisfaction and learning from building stuff. Give it a try.

Crescent Moon
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Leaders in their field - Warren De La Rue
Studying stuff in moon photography

On a journey studying stuff around how the changes in equipment, materials and intent have changed across the ages.

Egeria
CREDIT: RPS Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Giants of Photography - Julia Margaret Cameron
Seeing stuff in the work of others

I was recently studying the work of Ruth Harriet Louise and concentrating on seeing beyond the print into the intent of the work. I was  taken by the parallels with the work of Julia Margaret Cameron.

Ruth Harriet Louise
CREDIT: Self portrait by Ruth Harriet Louise
Leaders in their field - Ruth Harriet Louise
Portrait photography in the Hollywood machine

I visited the John Kobal Foundation exhibition "Hollywood Icons" in Portugal. One photographer from the early days caught my eye - Ruth Harriet Louise.

Hollywood Icon
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Phototherapy
Stuff to share

The sense of imprisonment as we are confined to our homes. And the release that photography brings for me encapsulated in this image.

Moon And Venus
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
In search of serenity
Stuff to see and share

A calming moment on a quiet evening with the Moon and Venus. Look out for them and join me in their serenity.

Kaikoura Moon
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Now and then
Seeing stuff in Moon photography

One of my favourite objects for photography is our Moon. Try some moon photography from home. Aim for a focal length around 400mm.

Mother And Child
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Plight and pleasure
Learning by sharing stuff

"I found photojournalism at its finest, exploring world issues with a combination of the decisive moment and technical excellence."

Irene And Frederic Joilet Curie
CREDIT: A reflection in a Cartier-Bresson image - Tete a Tete Portraits exhibition
On the shoulders of giants
An exercise in seeing stuff

"Study a picture and imagine yourself placed within it. Where would you put yourself? How would it change the message?"

Hunter & Penrose Camera
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Truth and Photography
Studying stuff for inspiration

"A lot of my professional work has involved photography to establish truth, for academic papers and to document identity."

IR Conversion
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Stuff to do
…phototherapy

"We are all facing the prospect of a period isolated from normality due to the infection outbreak... A passion for photography has its place in this..."

Virgin Of The Rocks
CREDIT: © National Gallery, London
Going beneath the surface
The diversity of photographic applications

"Just like Layers in photo editing software artists leave details not visible in the final image."

Cartier-Bresson Portraits exhibition
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS HonFRPS
Giants of Photography - Henri Cartier-Bresson
A masterclass in portraiture

"On view were portraits that capture the who's who of a generation. The power of a portrait before digital and without colour through the work of a maestro, capturing the essence of the sitter."

Ready Steady Jump
CREDIT: Bryan Roberts ARPS
SE region AGM
Another chance for print viewing

"Off to join the RPS South East region AGM today. Not helped by Storm Dennis passing through but made it eventually..."

no.12 The Uncanny
CREDIT: Chirag Jindal
The ground beneath us
And the diversity of Photography

"I have been looking at some interesting, useful and beautiful images of the ground beneath our feet. The first was by the Under 30s IPE award winner Chirag Jindal..."

Image Power
CREDIT: Sandra Roberts LRPS
Out and about with The RPS
The diversity of photography

"Our president, Alan Hodgson, writes about visiting both the London Region Print Exhibition and International Garden Photographer of the Year."

Christina Lewis 2
CREDIT: Christina Lewis
Photography for social purpose
Students making a difference

"I mentioned in a previous entry that I had sat in on a series of presentations at RPS House from local students. I will share with you the creative intent of the student photographer Christina Lewis..."

CREDIT: Mandy Barker
Plastic recycling
And the role of cameras

"At present 79% of plastic is discarded. To meet recycling commitments by 2025 we need to increase recycling rates 3.5 times..."

Smartphone And DSLR
CREDIT: Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS
Smartphone photography
...how good is good?

"We cannot afford to criticise pictures just because they are not taken on a high end DSLR..."

Portrait Of Two Boys By William Edward Kilburn,
CREDIT: Robert B. Menschel and the Vital Projects Fund, National Gallery of Art Washington DC
3D Imaging
... then and now

"Back in the USA again, this time San Francisco for the Electronic Imaging conference. I am here mainly for the smartphone imaging content but there is a lot on 3D imaging and holography too..."

Portrait Of The Wife Of William Ward Booth Junior
CREDIT: Victoria & Albert museum collection
Then and now
And a focus on our future

"Still looking at my copy of the December 2019 edition of The Journal arrived. IPE LiDAR image, Robert Gendler who I met at the 2019 Awards evening  but this time my gaze was drawn to 2 images of climate activist Greta Thunberg."

Jaguar E Type
CREDIT: James Mann FRPS
Photography in motion
Automobile photography as a profession

"In a previous item on the diversity of photography I noted my view that we need more examples of real role models to encourage more entrants to photography as a professional..."

Walter Menzie and Derek Birch
Walter Benzie Hon FRPS
Past President, died 15/1/20

"We heard on the 15th January that Walter Benzie, 63rd President of The Society, had died after a long illness."

Identity
CREDIT: Jamie Horrigan
The Issue of Identity
... and its many facets

"Do you ever pick up a magazine and find so much interesting content there that it stays on your table for ages?"

Cafe Art logo
Photography, homelessness
...and charitable status too

"We will all be aware of the issue of homelessness within our communities. I have seen a couple of examples recently where photography can make a difference."

Заяц (zayats), Russian for rabbit
CREDIT: Lin Jermakova
The diversity of Photography
The role of education

"Creating new role models is important for us if we are to encourage more entrants to photography as a profession or an interest."

Happy Birthday ISG
CREDIT: Unknown
Happy Centenary ISG!
…and a little reflective practice

"I have been a member of The RPS Imaging Science Group for around 15 years but this is a mere fraction of the Group history. Their first meeting took place 100 years ago this month."

M42 From Oliver Van Zwanenberg
CREDIT: Oliver Van Zwanenberg
Good Picture 2019
A discussion with a Photography student

"The RPS Imaging Science Group runs an annual meeting called Good Picture. Through this event the Group endeavours to show how photography works, and how this can help make you a better photographer."

2019 Awards Al Bovik
CREDIT: Derryn Vranch Photography
Giants of Photography - Al Bovik
Literally and metaphorically

"The Giants of Photography do not all have to be photographers like Fenton and Eisenstaedt. There are giants out there that make an immense contribution "behind the scenes"."

Bristol Royal Infirmary at night
CREDIT: Bristol Royal Infirmary at night © Alice Kenny
Print viewing
And the benefits it brings

"With the move to Bristol we were keen to create links with the Clinical photography unit there and to build the linkage with the RPS Medical Group."

Masters of Print poster
CREDIT: Smartphone photo by Alan Hodgson
Print viewing
And the joy it brings

"I have a background in photo printing and the viewing of prints is a pleasure that has never left me. A few recent events have allowed me to exercise that pleasure to the full."

Perkin Elmer 1010A microdensitometer
CREDIT: Microdensitometer. From a technical paper by Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS
Long road to digital
...tell your story

"I list myself as one of those lucky people that has made a career out of digital imaging. Over the years I have shared the experience across RPS events, international conferences and camera clubs."

Kristjan 9
CREDIT: Jack Latham / National Archives Iceland
The power of photography
Author: Dr Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS

"Reading the visitors book from a couple of recent and complementary exhibitions at RPS House."

Monochrome Camera
CREDIT: Monochrome camera board @ Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS
The heart of the camera
Interested in exploring?

"As a child I had a curiosity about how things worked. This was a significant driver that guided my early interest in photography"

Celebrating Our Heritage
CREDIT: UNESCO World Heritage celebration © Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS
Photo connections and communities
…where do your pictures go?

"I am interested in our photo connections and other communities using photography. I worked in astrophotography for a while so images of the night sky catch my eye."

Fruit And Flowers
CREDIT: National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Paul Mellon Fund
Giants of Photography - Roger Fenton
...a century old lesson in still life

"I have been travelling recently and in 2 very different locations I was able to admire the work of Roger Fenton, a photographer who features strongly in the history of The Society."

Science In The Society
Science in the Society
...how Science need not always equate to Scientific

"A couple of recent RPS events have for me served to illustrate the breadth reached in Photography, our educational remit and our connections to other communities."

191113 RPS Awards 2019 0373 HIGH RES
CREDIT: Derryn Vranch
Denis Thorpe - memories rekindled
...connections across Photography

"There was a lot to admire about the Awards and here I want to concentrate on one of the deliverables that we bring to our community"

Alfred Eisenstaedt
CREDIT: Alfred Eisenstaedt exhibition. Smartphone photograph by Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS
Giants of photography - Albert Eisenstaedt
...a lesson in photojournalism

"Visited the "Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt" exhibition at the Hillwood Estate, Washington DC."

Shanghai Skyline
CREDIT: Shanghai Skyline © Alan Hodgson ASIS FRPS
Thoughts from China
...image display, inkjet printing, sustainability

"Shortly after the AGM I left for 2 weeks of meetings in Shanghai, China. Around 4000 of us descended on the city"

AGM 2019
CREDIT: AGM 2019 © Janet Haines ARPS
The 2019 AGM
...and our route to a Sustainable Society

"We passed a number of resolutions at the AGM, including one to consider the Society’s position with regard to climate change."