With the sad story of the 2014 Canon AIPP Professional Photography Awards now behind me – well almost!!! That was the year that the Judges turned their backs on my entries and threw them all into a shredder; but I did front up again for the 2015 event. For a moment it looked like a repeat of last year with an outrageous non-award “bronze” for the sweet and cute Kewpie Dolls.
Storm Over Constantinople was one of those magic moments that you see shaping up in front of you and you make snap decisions on the fly; and then run like crazy to get out of the rain and the hail. No raincoats of course!
Le Marais Self-Portrait was the result of sadly looking through the doorway of the Parisian apartment that we were departing after a few glorious days in the city of light. The passageway that I wanted to photograph could only be seen by using my reflection to mask it – this is how easy it is to find masterstrokes.
Barbès-Rochechouart was the result of looking for a shot like this at several Parisian stations. I started to see the theatre of the occasion forming in front of me and so I stayed and shot and shot and shot. Not being able to art-direct was frustrating, but eventually this tableaux dropped into place. Speaking French and using a megaphone may have lessened my blood pressure, but patience is essential.
Whilst I did judge in the Illustrative Category it must be declared that I did NOT judge my own work. The rules are stringent in that regard. But the judging process that I have enjoyed for so long is just that little bit better by having a few of your own images being considered by my judging peers. Frustrating sometimes, but still a nice feeling.
And of course John Ansell must be congratulated for his stunning set of tintypes that won him the title of 2015 Canon AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year.
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