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Interview with Ken Holland ARPS

Ken has shared some of his thoughts and processes of his photography with us, along with a few images from some of his projects, you can view more on his website


What is your involvement with the Royal Photographic Society?

I joined the RPS in 1988 and gained my ARPS in 1990.  I became a member of the Contemporary Group soon after it started, and embrace the fact that it’s an approach to photography that covers all genres.  I lay out and design the CG online newsletter Concept,  I attend SW Region functions when I can, and, being a member of the Licentiate panel, I attend assessment days and advisory days.  I was a shortlisted finalist in the first RPS Photobook Competition.


What is your photographic involvement outside the Royal Photographic Society?

As well as RPS involvement, I regularly visit Camera Clubs as a lecturer and judge.  I am a member of the WCPF team that trains new judges. I lead local photography courses, I’ve published a number of books (including one of the few about judging), and I’m an honorary life member of Dawlish and Teignmouth Camera Club.  I still take on commissioned work: most recently, music festivals.



What is your favourite or most useful piece of equipment?

My most useful camera accessory is built-in.  Due to arthritis, I have bought a micro four-thirds system to save weight.  My small Lumix camera has a superb flip-up touch-sensitive screen that saves bending, changes my viewpoint for street photography (and makes it less obvious), and has a facility to focus and shoot with a single touch.  Magic!




Who is your favourite photographer or one who has influenced you?

I admire many photographers, of all genres.  Most of all I have been influenced by Elliott Erwitt for his sense of fun, keen observational skills and masterful timing.  Sebastiao Salgado has shown me that documentary, social and environmental work can also be made with compassion and empathy: something I have always tried to achieve.

CREDIT: Ken Holland ARPS



What type of photography do you enjoy or specialise in?

I will photograph almost anything I find interesting.  I always prefer to work on projects, particularly involving documentary/people/travel.  My approach is that of the RPS Contemporary Group: photography which is about rather than of.  I use very little manipulation in my images beyond what I previously used in my darkroom.  I aim for simplicity, which is why the majority of my images are monochrome.

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