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Starting from a Blank Canvas Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP

Event info

This is a day with Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP, and is a talk in the Auditorium at RPS House.

It will feature flower portraiture, still life, use of special effect lenses and filters from Lensbaby family and various in-camera creative techniques.

Break down of day:

10.00: Attendees check in to meet and chat over tea and coffee

10.30: Morning presentation first part, until 11.30am approx

11.30 - 11.45 approx: comfort break, free tea & coffee available

11.45 - 12.45 approx: Morning second part of presentation or a 2nd presentation

12.45 - 1.30 approx: Lunch break- please bring a packed lunch or use local facilities

1.30 - 3.30 approx including time for questions at the end

The Tutor:

Polina describes her approach to flower photography as “somewhat similar to that of a portrait photographer – for every flower and plant that I photograph, I always try to find its unique look, study its mood and character, and ultimately unlock the hidden beauty of my models”. While appreciating the natural beauty of plants and trying to stay true to their original look, Polina does not limit her point of view to purely botanical. Instead, she tries “to lift a flower off its typical setting and put it into indeterminate space, where its beauty can be seen in all its purity”. 2017 – RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Photography Competition: Project “Past Perfect”: Gold Medal 2016 - Pink Lady Food Photographer of The Year:  Image “Unstill Life:  Category winner

2016 - International Garden Photographer of The Year: Image “The Last Dance: Commended and appears on the book cover


Address: The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3AR

Please visit https://rps.org/contact/  to help plan your trip. Please be aware that the car park in the Paintworks on a weekday is limited to three hours.  Weekends, and evenings after 6pm are unlimited.

Bristol Temple Meads is a 30-minute walk to Paintworks.

Buses running from Bristol Temple Meads to Paintworks are: 1, 178, 349 or the X39, but please check before leaving.

A Park & Ride service is available from Brislington Park & Ride. More information can be found at www.travelwest.info/park-ride/bristol/brislington  

Local Parking

If you need to bring your car and don’t want to use the Park and Ride Buses, you can book a place to park at a nearby supermarket using this link yourparkingspace.co.uk

You can also park all-day for £5 at Arnos Manor.  Visitors will need to go to the hotel reception to purchase a ticket to display on their windscreen. 


Image © Polina Plotnikova ARPS EFIAP


Event Organiser

RPS HQ Emma Delves-Broughton


Venue Information

Wheelchair Access


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.


RPS House

337-340 Paintworks

Arnos Vale



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