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CREDIT: Polina Plotnikova

Polina Plotnikova FRPS: Flowers, Still Life and Lensbaby CANCELLED

Event info

Presented by Digital Imaging: Thames Valley

We regret that we have had to cancel this event, owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. We will be in touch with all ticket holders.

Morning, part 1: Starting from a blank canvas - Flowers
The approach to flower photography that Polina takes is somewhat similar to that of a portrait photographer - for every flower and plant that she photographs, Polina always tries to find its unique look, study its mood and character, and ultimately unlock the hidden beauty of her models.
Polina says "While appreciating the natural beauty of plants and trying to stay true to their original look, I do not limit my point of view to purely botanical. Instead, I try to lift a flower off its typical setting and put it into indeterminate space, where its beauty can be seen in all its purity."
Morning, part 2: Starting from a blank canvas - Still Life
Polina says "Still life photography is great for a perfectionist - no one fidgets or makes faces, no sudden gust of wind or some other quirk of ever-changing weather can spoil your shot. But, by the same token, you cannot count on something interesting that just happens all of a sudden - it is all up to you; the choices are infinite, and the final result is entirely in your own hands."
Afternoon: See in a new way - my journey with Lensbaby
While fully appreciating the 'what you see is what you get' approach, Polina is much more interested in chasing an ever-elusive image that appears in her mind's eye, an image that conveys her feelings and emotions, rather than remains a mere statement of fact. 
Polina says "Lensbaby for me was truly 'love at first sight' - in that I loved the way in which the world could be seen through my viewfinder. Creative focusing and partial blurring are wonderful tools for highlighting areas of my image that I want to draw a viewer's attention to. And visually, Lensbaby optics allow me to introduce a translucent, dreamlike quality, which is often exactly how I feel about things, places and people that I photograph."
Biography: Polina holds ARPS and EFIAP distinctions, and has received many prestigious photographic awards, including eight Gold and Silver Gilt medals at the RHS photography competitions, category winner of Food Photographer of The Year competition, various distinctions at each of the International Garden Photographer of The Year competitions, and multiple medals and distinctions awarded by various Photography Salons. Polina is a member of the Arena Photographers group.
We don't yet use the online booking facility on this page, owing to the complexity of offering Season Tickets for Thames Valley Centre events.

Early Bird (payment received by the Wednesday before the event)

  • DIG member: £8.00
  • RPS but not a DIG member: £12.00
  • Not an RPS member: £15.00

Day Ticket - pay at the door (or payment received after the Wednesday before the event)

  • DIG member: £10.00
  • RPS but not a DIG member: £14.00
  • Not an RPS member: £17.00
We open the doors at 10.00am, to allow time to check-in, have some refreshments, and be ready to start the formal presentations at 10:30am.
In order to allow us to set up our equipment in a safe and orderly way, we ask you to remain in the foyer or outside the building until 10.00am unless you are a designated helper.
There is a mid-morning break, and a break for lunch. The event usually finishes about 3:30pm.
Free tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. We suggest you bring a pack lunch, or you can purchase sandwiches etc at Morrisons Supermarket next door.
For those wishing to pay on the door or buy raffle tickets etc, please note there is a cash machine at Morrisons.

Event Organiser

Alan Bousfield ARPS


Venue Information

Hearing: Our Announcers and Presenters use radio microphones and a PA system at our events.
Access: The Hall has two ‘Disabled’ parking bays with sloped wheelchair access to the ground floor venue.

Cancellation policy

If you have purchased a Day Ticket but are unable to come, and don't tell us before the event, we will not normally offer refunds; however, we will look sympathetically at each situation. Refunds requested at least 3 days before the event will normally be granted.


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