Make a list of stuff to do and work through it. The cup is empty. Time to move off and do stuff.
I have been studying the work of the Herschel family and early Welsh photographers. Like them, we can continue to learn through our connections.
The work of Denis Thorpe HonFRPS is an inspiration during lockdown and a prompt to consider nominations for our 2021 Awards.
I came across the parts that made this camera. It was held together by blu-tac but you learn a lot by building stuff this way.
Photography and imaging alike can record and change events. Our Charter can and should embrace all of these. As we near the end of 2020 a laudable ambition for 2021 is to redefine the destiny of a child.
As the UK enters another phase of lockdown it is important to keep busy. Do you have a box of old camera gear?
Sometimes an article or event catches me at the right moment, making me think again about images I have taken and prints I have viewed.
I modified a compact camera for infra-red work and wrote it up for the RPS Journal. Sometimes my "best" camera is not my best choice for an image.
I found inspiration from a fellow member Catherine MacBride who describes herself as "daydream doodler | paper artist | creative photographer".
With sadness I have to mark the sudden passing of one of our stalwart volunteers, Rhys Jones. He did it well.
I tend to take my time over the RPS Journal. What did I see, appreciate and learn? My favourite article this time came from a completely unexpected direction.
I find it important to get satisfaction from completing some of the steps in a project and the joy of just getting stuck in. Get stuff done!
Some thoughts from a year ago, informing my views on governance and permanence of institutions.
An on-line conference presented images taken by a young photographer. It is my privilege as RPS President to welcome people like Ila to the world of Photography.
Practical skills documented in the 1950s, before the "maker" movement took to 3D printing. Supporting other areas that matter too.
Think about restarting that old project and set to with the things around you. All part of finding stuff to do in the present situation.
Looking at photography of art and pondering images of artworks that are no longer in existence, and their relevance to me.
It is easy to fall into the trap that lockdown means no photo opportunities. I am finding inspiration in the everyday. See stuff and consider the imagery.
For those who have not started out on this process yet, here is stuff to do in lockdown. Try gaining an RPS Distinction certificate.
Do you have a professional workflow? This was a challenge posed recently and it was a worth a little reflective practice.
A Medical Group event led me to consider some other uncomfortable images I had seen, in this case some 1860s prints used to portray the reality of brutality in slavery. They tell the story to the eye.
Back in lockdown so plotting stuff to do. Taking inspiration from photographers who have gone before us. Build, see, study and share. Stay well and do stuff.
On Armistice day, some reflections on the sacrifice of others. With an image taken just over 100 years on from groundbreaking photographic expeditions affected by warfare.
An event with a focus on the contribution of young people. We can be rightly proud to support work such as this. A natural event on an unnatural day!
Starting with a quote from a past on-line event, some thoughts on familiarity with your tools of the trade.
It is my sad duty to mark the passing of Alan Elliott, one of our more senior and venerable members from Australia.
Photography is more than just taking the image - it how and what we perceive in the recorded image. Exploring this in the work of a student.
How do we store, collect and make heritage images available? Are we documenting the present for the future and storing it in a form that will remain accessible? A focus for some of my International Standards work.
Conference attendance serves as a prompt for reflective practice. The Collodion conference reminded me of the value of artefacts in images.
A journey around the world, despite never leaving my desk. Visits to the RPS AGM followed by the International Audio Visual Retrospective.
My particular creative genre is twilight photography; substantially affected by light pollution. The RPS has a role representing photography and photographers on issues like this.
Amélie Guillot-Saguez was trained as a painter and one of the first women to own a Daguerreotype studio, active in Paris by 1844.
A number of recent events had me pondering the portrayal of reality in photography. The first was the current copy of The RPS Journal; the second one of our on-line talks.
Looking at some of our International work in the Benelux Autumn eJournal. In there I found the work of Anna Atkins, a leader in the field of photo illustration.
I refer to myself as a functional photographer, one who uses photography as a part of their work but where the image forms only part of the workflow.
The RPS AGM will be held on 26 September 2020 at 1000 GMT online. I am planning to return to the tradition of delivering a President’s address at this event. Hope you can join us!
I was pleased to hear that my paper had been accepted for the "Don't Press Print - the collodion process" online conference. This image came to mind for a number of reasons.
A little personal symbolism taken from a trig point atop a Pennine hillside at around midnight in July. A journey from Jupiter to Saturn.
Two food based competitions for you. With personal thanks to Benedict Brain for a fun and worthwhile effort on Potato Photographer of the Year.
I have been enjoying some of the creative work of photography students in the new look RPS Journal. Here is an example of those whose studies take them into the Science of Photography.
Considering the issues of identity in the Graduates section of the new look RPS Journal of July / August, looking at the work of MA and BA students.
Ever paused for thought when you "set the ISO" setting on your camera? What does ISO actually mean? Let's take a look.
Saying Goodbye to Mike Taylor as Chief Operating Officer of the RPS. This image is a testament to his achievements. From all at the RPS, Thanks!
I am still studying the new look RPS Journal and I have spent some time considering connections with the Science images. This is Photography too!
This week we bid welcome to Evan Dawson who takes up his post as RPS Chief Executive Officer. He comes from the performing arts charity sector but is an accomplished photographer too.
We all have different reasons for doing photography. Photography is my route to seeing my unseen and on this occasion a comet in the night sky.
I had recently taken part in an online meeting of the Australia Chapter. I was particularly taken by the image of bioluminescent fungus.
I have a background in print quality so as I had recently received the new look RPS Journal I was interested in taking a closer look.
Linnaeus Tripe was appointed "Artist in Photography" on an official expedition in the mid 1850s. I found his title as fascinating as the print.
A rhetorical question but one I found interesting this week, prompted by three recent events. Why do you do photography? And what do you get out of it?
The new look RPS Journal has just dropped through my door. Time to get out the reading glasses, pour a cup of tea and get stuck in.
I came across story of Sojourner Truth, who sold her photographs as cartes-de-visite to raise money for abolitionist and women's rights causes.
Do what you can do as well as it is possible for you to do. That should be your ambition. Do it well.
Taking inspiration from working together.
This was a day when three strands of creative thought came together as I reflected on portraits in print and stone.
The rain has arrived, putting an end to twilight photography for a while. So time to look for different sources of photographic inspiration, starting with an RPS online event.
A quick exercise in understanding. As the sun rises through a gap in the trees I should see a change in the starburst effect from sharp to diffuse spikes.
I will look on contrails in a different way when all this has past. And images like this will be part of my memory journey of the pandemic.
Katie led one of the software efforts to produce the iconic black hole image featured in The RPS Journal. I was lucky in that I heard her describe this work at a conference I attended in San Francisco earlier this year.
A thought experiment. Take an RPS Journal article and rewrite it without the use of printed photographs. It would certainly look very different.
I am fascinated by the ways in which different photographers choose to represent their sitter in portrait photography. Here are some examples I have spotted recently.
An inclusive project that will work anywhere and even if for whatever reason you are cannot venture out for your photography.
The aim of this part of my Aperture project is to generate the knowledge I need to enable the creative use of starbursts. Here is a series of five all taken on the same evening.
Studying stuff and learning from our on-line events. The past informs us; what we do next is up to us. On-line events are part of our present and of great potential for our future.
After a day interacting across communities viewing conditions for twilight skies looked good. But I had a little interloper!
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.
A study from a long standing interest in photobooks. Modern and historical perspectives of the genre - stuff to do and study!
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.
Gustave Le Gray was primarily an artist, mixing the art of composition with the then emerging science of photography.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Moving on with ideas for Potato Photographer of the Year, this time in the style of Ruth Harriet Louise, early Hollywood photographer.
Today nations together shared moments of reflection. To the whole RPS community on this day I wish you safety, peace, and good health.
The interactions across the RPS community community are important to me. Examples of doing stuff with members old and new.
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.
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.
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.
Sharing of knowledge is what membership is all about and goes right back to the origins of the RPS.
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.
One of the great virtues of The RPS comes from the connections across photography. An example of a common project with a fellow member.
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.
I have been studying stuff in the work of Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, a leading proponent of Photography as Art. "Integrating art and science, photography.."
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
Just a DSLR image sensor, a 2000mm f/6 mirror and a little persistence. First light achieved for this telescope!
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.
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.
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.
On a journey studying stuff around how the changes in equipment, materials and intent have changed across the ages.
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.
I visited the John Kobal Foundation exhibition "Hollywood Icons" in Portugal. One photographer from the early days caught my eye - Ruth Harriet Louise.
The sense of imprisonment as we are confined to our homes. And the release that photography brings for me encapsulated in this image.
A calming moment on a quiet evening with the Moon and Venus. Look out for them and join me in their serenity.
One of my favourite objects for photography is our Moon. Try some moon photography from home. Aim for a focal length around 400mm.
"I found photojournalism at its finest, exploring world issues with a combination of the decisive moment and technical excellence."
"Study a picture and imagine yourself placed within it. Where would you put yourself? How would it change the message?"
"A lot of my professional work has involved photography to establish truth, for academic papers and to document identity."
"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..."
"Just like Layers in photo editing software artists leave details not visible in the final image."
"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."
"Off to join the RPS South East region AGM today. Not helped by Storm Dennis passing through but made it eventually..."
"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..."
"Our president, Alan Hodgson, writes about visiting both the London Region Print Exhibition and International Garden Photographer of the Year."
"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..."
"At present 79% of plastic is discarded. To meet recycling commitments by 2025 we need to increase recycling rates 3.5 times..."
"We cannot afford to criticise pictures just because they are not taken on a high end DSLR..."
"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..."
"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..."
"We heard on the 15th January that Walter Benzie, 63rd President of The Society, had died after a long illness."
"Do you ever pick up a magazine and find so much interesting content there that it stays on your table for ages?"
"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."
"Creating new role models is important for us if we are to encourage more entrants to photography as a profession or an interest."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Reading the visitors book from a couple of recent and complementary exhibitions at RPS House."
"As a child I had a curiosity about how things worked. This was a significant driver that guided my early interest in photography"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"Visited the "Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt" exhibition at the Hillwood Estate, Washington DC."
"Shortly after the AGM I left for 2 weeks of meetings in Shanghai, China. Around 4000 of us descended on the city"
"I attended the opening event of the RPS Science Photographer of the Year exhibition, currently showing at the Science Museum in London until 5 January 2020."
"We passed a number of resolutions at the AGM, including one to consider the Society’s position with regard to climate change."