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About Us

We are not a genre

Meet our Team

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Sue Wright
Chair/Web Editor:  wipchair@rps.org

I have been a volunteer in the RPS for nearly four years, mainly as working the web editor and running the group's competitions.  My passion for photography stems from my love of travel.  In the pre-digital 1980’s, I took the Trans-Siberian Express from Russia to Beijing. I then made my way overland down to Hong Kong where I eagerly walked along Nathan Road darting in and out of its many camera shops, haggling for the best deal on an Olympus Trip 35.

I have organised and lead three Photography expeditions to Iceland for a charity called Blesma, the limbless veterans which included two blind vets, the aim was to ‘reframe their lives through a lens’.  It was very challenging but a whole lot of fun!

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Louise Knaresborough LRPS

Secretary wipsecretary@rps.org

Louise is a photographer who loves to shoot nearly all genres of photography, ranging from macro to landscapes, as well as portraits and animals. She enjoys the personal connection of portrait photography and represents that energy and passion in her work.    Louise also enjoys working on and experimenting with post-process manipulation of many of her images.

Louise has been lucky enough to live overseas for much of her adult life.  This has given her the opportunity to embrace many different cultures, languages and people. It has expanded her horizons and has enabled her to learn a lot about herself and her photography from some amazing people.

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Rachel Nixon

WE ARE Magazine Editor wipmagazine@rps.org

Rachel is a British-Canadian fine art photographer – and former journalist – based in Vancouver, Canada. 

Having lived and worked across continents and cultures, Rachel’s work explores issues such as a desire for connection with one’s heritage; secrecy; isolation; and memory.

Photography is Rachel’s “second act”. Previously she had a 20-year career as a digital journalist, editor and news executive in the UK, US and Canada for the BBC, CBC and Microsoft, amongst others. 

In 2019, Rachel graduated with honours from the VanArts professional photography program. Her work is exhibited internationally and has received accolades including three Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. 

Rachel loves to travel to new places and is passionate about many forms of art – music especially. She finds inspiration in the urban and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, which she calls home.

www.rachelnixon.com

Emma Le Blanc
Emma Le Blanc

Events Manager:  wipevents@rps.org

I am proud to be volunteering with the RPS Women In Photography group as their Events Manager. As, a female photographer I believe that women photographers need to be at the fore like their male counterparts. I am inspired by many female photographers; some of my all-time favourite female photographers are Julia Margaret Cameron, Vivian Maier, Linda McCartney, Joy Gregory, Sally Mann, Ingrid Pollard, Sian Davey, and Maud Sulter.

My photographs are predominantly in the genres of Street Photography, Documentary Photography and Portraiture. Photography for me is not only an art form it is a way that I connect with the people and the world I inhabit. I enjoy meeting new people, visiting new places and taking photographs in response to the interaction of ‘people’ and ‘place’. 

Victoria Stokes, ARPS
Victoria Stokes ARPS

Socials: wipsocial@rps.org

Victoria divides her time between the UK and the remote, often uninhabited, regions of the world which has fostered her deep connection with the environment and a passion for conservation.

Her love of the environment is reflected in her practice, which comments on the beauty and plight of the natural world, as she aims to engage audiences in ways which will encourage the preservation of nature.

www.victoriastokes.com

Alice Chapman

WE ARE Magazine Assistant Editor

Alice is a documentary family photographer and mentor in Cambridge, UK. She has a family which is growing up too fast, a house full of Lego and a garage full of books she might yet read. Her own family photos help her enjoy the moment once the dust has settled. 

Alice believes in embracing the chaos of real family life, and that being photographed shouldn’t feel like going to the dentist. Driven to bottle character and to champion individuality, Alice photographs people being themselves: best behaviour optional.

Through her photography, Alice aims to make order out of chaos and to make art out of the ordinary. 

www.alicechapmanphotography.co.uk

Poppy French
Poppy French

WE ARE Magazine Assistant Production

Poppy French is a documentary and portrait photographer. She focuses on the everyday, the places and people familiar to us and experiences often associated with the domestic and maternal.  One of her main subjects is often herself and likes nothing more that taking her own portrait. A notorious show-off, she'll use the biggest camera with the most expensive film. She approaches the self with humour and honesty but also love aiming to defy any shame connected to the body. 

She has produced work for Vogue International, Huffpost and been shortlisted for the Portrait of Britain. 

www.poppyfrench.com

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Dr Eli Pimentel, ARPS

Book Editor

I am a documentary photographer (ARPS; MA Royal College of Art)  from the Dominican Republic. I also work as an economist (BA,MPA, MSc) on policy issues concerning human development and material and physical security. Some time ago, I turned to philosophy (PhD) to think on what fuels the underbelly of human intelligence and disposition. 

My latest projects give visibility to the work of social reproduction – whether in the raising of children, in social care or in the nursing profession – as essential to human wellbeing.

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Frankie MacEachen

Project Support

I first picked up my camera in 2016 after performing onstage for many years. As an actor, much of my preparation focused on stillness. Capturing the essence of a character and building a narrative from within.

In making the transition from one creative medium to another, this process became a driving force in my photography whether it was portraiture or landscape. I strived to get under the skin of my subject.

I was diagnosed with a mental health condition in 2019 at age 49. On a personal level the diagnosis finally gave me answers but it subsequently inspired me to dig deeper in my photography with an emphasis on putting ‘the inside on the outside’ so to speak and to convey a deeper story through a still image.

During lockdown, I had no option but to turn the camera on myself. I started to consider how light and shade could be utilised to capture different moods within one image. Moving forward I want to explore further the impact of managing the highs and lows of a mental health condition through the stillness of an image.

 

 

Julie Derbyshire
Julie Derbyshire ARPS

Member Adviser

Photographic artist Julie Derbyshire’s constructed images are the final distillation of her creative process, encompassing acts of making, manipulation and disruption. Captured through the medium of photography, the objects and materials she chooses to engage with become more compelling than the original; transient moments of precariousness and suspense are held within the frame. Informed by the complexity and fragility of lived experience and inspired by art historical references, Julie invites the viewer to reflect upon the fusion of beauty and disquiet that her work conveys. And so to question what lies beyond the image. 

www.juliederbyshire.com

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Irina Petrova Adamatzky 

WIP Science  :WSPoTYcomms@rps.org

Irina Petrova Adamatzky is an internationally published and award winning photographer and artist. She specialises in wildlife micro-photography and science fiction inspired installations organically integrating living and artificial entities. A unique feature of her work is she mostly uses retro manual focus lenses to share the wonders of the world. She has won a substantial number of awards and prizes, including MUSE Photography Awards 2022 and 2021, BIFA 2021 and BIFA 2020, New York Photography Awards 2021, winner of FEP Awards 2021 Nature Golden Camera and ND Discovery of the Year in category Nature 2019. 

www.irina-petrova.com