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Mark Stothard MA ARPS
CREDIT: © Mark Stothard MA ARPS
Mark Stothard MA ARPS

Regional  Organiser

Hi there, I'm Mark, a Visual Practitioner, who specialises in capturing stories through my lens.

My passion for photography lies in my ability to use images to tell compelling narratives and I believe that every photograph should convey a message and strive to create images that not only capture a moment but also evoke emotions and convey a story, capturing the essence of the subject, telling their story in a way that words cannot.

I hold a Master of Art in Photography, from the University of Plymouth and have received the distinction of Associate from the Royal Photographic Society. I'm returning to university to study for a PhD in Photography, researching emotion and affect theories relating to posthumanism and psychogeography within my practice.

Today I share my years of knowledge, experience and research as a Visual Practitioner within my mentoring programme, adventures and workshops, together as a guest speaker at Universities, Colleges, and Camera Clubs.

Email Mark : western@rps.org

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Deborah Hammond

Regional Secretary

I am excited to become the new Secretary for your region, simultaneously to "give something back" and to learn more about and participate more in my region. I firmly believe that we only get out of anything that we put in. Since taking up photography about 10 years ago  (not long after retirement)  it has become a most fulfilling hobby, but I appreciate there is always more to learn and enjoy. 
My working life was in finance, the last 20 years within the Prison Service, where there is little scope for creativity. During this time I did a lot of textile work, dying, screenprinting and stitching and the love of colour formed here has led to my Photography. 
I achieved my LRPS in 2019 and am now working on my ARPS. My main interests lie in Nature and Landscape, but I recently had an old camera converted to Infrared and I find the "false colour" acquired in post-production the most appealing. Another current interest is Slime Molds, so small they are almost invisible to the naked eye. They take some finding so they are challenging my photographic skills, another learning curve! 
I look forward to meeting many members in our region and making new friends in the process.

Email Deborah : westernsecretary@rps.org