If you have struggled to think of a subject for your own RPS Associate project this talk by professional photographer Stewart Wall might give you some interesting insights.
Stewart’s career began in 1978 when as a schoolboy he was offered a job as press photographer on the Brentwood Gazette in Essex. Over the next 40 years he worked in many different areas of professional photography including commercial, sports and social photography.
His interest in journalism stayed with him throughout the years and he got involved with Cardiff University as the concept of hyper-local online journalism developed and for the last 5 years he and his wife Shona, herself a professional journalist have run an online newspaper for the small town they live in.
When it came to choosing a subject for his associate project Stewart chose a documentary approach to tell the story of a local stonemason Colin Wood.
During this talk Stewart will discuss how he initially broke the ice with Colin, how he went about taking the images and then how once he had gained his associate distinction with the Royal Photographic Society was asked to curate an exhibition of the images which attracted visitors from all over the country. He then went on to produce a book of the whole story of how he gained his RPS Associate.
Stewart now also volunteers for the RPS as a Regional Organiser and Distinctions Assessor, as well as being part of the Distinctions Committee.
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