For different but related reasons August 2016 was a great month for me.
Firstly I had a comprehensive portfolio of my photographs published in the online magazine f11::for PHOTOGRAPHERS AND AFICIONADOS.
Secondly I gained my Master of Photography (M.Photog) status with the (AIPP)
The first achievement was the result of over nine months of submission and collaboration with the f11 Publisher and Creative Director, Tim Steele.
With some gentle (and often times not so subtle) prodding, Tim was able to move me away from a grab-bag of retrospective images culled from a lifetime of photography into displaying a targeted and curated array of complimentary shots. For this I will be eternally grateful. Whilst I have a fair record in curating photographic shows for other people this was proof positive that the artist should rely on the input of a dispassionate party in such an exercise.
As a long time exponent of the black and white process and genre, it was an eyeopener to me that not a single monochrome image was included.
The wonder of colour was never more evident than in this portfolio.
Issue 57 commencing at page 98 gave a comprehensive survey of my more contemporary photographs. The supporting essay alluded to a voyeuristic photographic eye – a statement that I don’t shy away from, albeit not in the wide angle, camera in the face documentary style that is employed by some practitioners of so-called street photography. I am no Vivian Maier!
What this project did do for me was to isolate a not strongly held view that I was attracted to people and place. Having been fortunate to travel a few times over the past few years it was obvious that I would document those moments. But it was the urban landscape (with its attendant population) that attracted my lens more than “the landscape”. It took an analysis of various submissions for Tim to make this point so strongly – a fact with which I am pleased.
The second part of the bookending of the month of August was my gaining my M.Photog. The road to this achievement has been paved with many challenges (I Earned a 73 ……. and a few other scores) and (Failure) and (The 2015 APPAs). In this 40th year of the APPAs (Australian Professional Photography Award), it was a nice co-incidence for me.
I had attended the “test run” of the APPAs 41 years ago at the HYPO Convention at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, and entered the second APPA and earned a Silver Merit. Having decided early in my membership of the AIPP that I was a better Judge than an Entrant I chose for a long period to restrict my involvement to the judging table – UNTIL! Some six years ago a few of my Institute “Friends” took me aside at an Awards Dinner and monstered me. “Put Up or Shut Up” was the demand. Thank you Mike Langford APP.L GM.Photog FAIPP, Jackie Ranken, Peter Eastway APP.L GM.Photog FAIPP FNZIPP Hon. FAIPP Hon. FNZIPP, Ian van der Wolde APP.L M.Photog III Hon. FAIPP, Andrew Campbell APP.L GM.Photog and David Oliver AAP.L GM.Photog. So, with the exception of the disastrous 2014 Year of the Bronzes, I steadily worked my way through gaining my Associateship and then Masters.
This year’s Award images also contributed to my gaining a Master of Photography within the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Iris Award system.
Huge thanks need to go to Living Image Print and Andrew Merefield (and Darren Jew who was away swimming with whales) for the care and professionalism given to putting these pixels onto paper. A skilled job for a pair of skilled professionals.
……and a final comment must be made to my talented mentor Adam Finch M.Photog. Adam has continually challenged, critiqued and encouraged my photographic output. No good photographer can exist without a mentor (or an Editor). Thanks.