The London Salon of Photography – Update!

The London Salon of Photography 100th Annual Exhibition, 2011.

The London Salon was founded in 1910, but before that it existed as the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring, a photographic society that was established in 1892. The original Linked Ring members were a breakaway organization from the (Royal) Photographic Society, who at that time placed more emphasis on the science of photography than photography as a form of art.

Days of Despair © 2010  John Powell EFIAP DPAGB BPE4*

Today, like back then, the aim of the London Salon is to exhibit only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct evidence of artistic feeling and execution.

Membership to the London Salon is still by invitation only. However, their annual exhibition is open to all photographers. You can also lend your support in the form of an annual subscription (friend of the London Salon). Friends receive a personal invitation to a private viewing of the exhibition along with a free colour illustrated exhibition catalogue.

Waiting in Vain © 2011  John Powell EFIAP DPAGB BPE4*

I received confirmation today that 2 of my prints have been accepted, these are: Days of Despair and Waiting in Vain.

The exhibition will be showing at two venues. The first at The Mark Mason Hall, 86 St James’s Street London SW1A 1PL on Saturday July 30th (doors open at 2pm). The second venue is a the Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands on Saturday August 20th (doors open at 1pm). All accepted images will be on display on the Salon website shortly.

Useful links relating to this post: The London Salon | Brotherhood of the Linked Ring | Photo-Secession | Royal Photographic Society

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

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29th Rushden Open Photographic Exhibition 2011

For some strange reason the Rushden organizers posted the statistics for their 29th Open Exhibition on their web site ahead of sending out individual results. Maybe this was there way of warning photographers to expect a poor set of results, who knows?

The statistics didn’t make very good reading. Out of a total of 3613 entries, only 518 made it into the final exhibition, just 14.3%, which for a digital only exhibition is a bit on the mean side, but that’s just my opinion!

Judges for this exhibition were:
General & Creative
Les Nixon DPAGB
Malcolm Ranieri FRPS MPAGB
David Steel

Nature & Monochrome
John Lacy ARPS CPAGB
Barbara Lawson FRPS DPAGB
Tony Wharton FRPS AFIAP

My entry consisted of 4 colour images (general section) and 4 monochrome. The score given by the judges are in brackets.

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Living in the Past (10)
Muddy Hell! (11) accepted
Muddy Water Blues (11) accepted
There’s No Going Back (11) accepted

A Time Gone By (12) accepted
Contemplation (10)
Foot Loose (9)
Monty (9)

The exhibition is being held in the village hall at Irchester, Wellingborough on Sat, 7th May, 2011 at 6pm and can be seen at the following venues through out May, June and September.

Peterborough PS – 3rd May
Desborough & Rothwell PS – 13th May
New City PS – 26th May
Kettering & Dist. PS – 20th June
Burton Latimer & Dist. PS – 14th Sept, 2011

Damson Blossom (Prunus domestica)

 

Damson Blossom, originally uploaded by dotcomjohnny.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The damson or damson plum (Prunus domestica subsp. insititia, or sometimes Prunus insititia) is an edible drupaceous fruit, a subspecies of the plum tree. Sometimes called the Damask plum, damsons are commonly used in the preparation of jams and jellies. The plum spirit slivovitz is made from fermented damson fruit. The tree blossoms with small, white flowers in early April in the Northern hemisphere and fruit is harvested in late August or early September.

The name damson derives from the Latin prunum damascenum, “plum of Damascus”. Damsons were first cultivated in antiquity in the area around the ancient city of Damascus, capital of modern-day Syria, and were introduced into England by the Romans. Remnants of damsons are often found during archaeological digs of ancient Roman camps across England, and ancient writings describe the use of damson skins in the manufacture of purple dye. Prugne damaschine figure in the long list of comestibles enjoyed by the Milanese given by Bonvesin de la Riva in his Marvels of Milan (1288).

The damson was introduced into the American colonies by English settlers before the American Revolution and are regarded as thriving better in the eastern United States than other European plum varieties.

The term “damson” is often used to describe red wines with rich yet acidic plummy flavors.

Nikon D2Hs/Tamron 70-150mm f2.8 (varisoft) lens @ 1/640 sec – f4.0

Tamron’s fast 70-150 F/2.8 constant aperture zoom lens was specifically designed for portrait photography, and was the first compact telephoto zoom lens ever produced by any manufacturer which featured a built-in softness control. This lens is extremely sharp at all focal lengths when not using the softness control since a total of six lens elements are used in the variator and compensator groups to reduce zoom dependent aberrations to their absolute minimum. Although the optical performance is somewhat optimized for 105mm (the ideal portrait focal length), this lens’s optical performance nevertheless is very good throughout the entire zoom range.

From A to E . . the complete portfolio

Since the beginning of 2008, having rekindled my passion for competitive photography, my ambition was to reach the standard required to gain an EFIAP distinction.

For those of you who are reading this an EFIAP is the second distinction awarded by the International Federation for Photographic Art for “Excellence”, their first distinction being an A (Artist), which I gained in March, 2010.

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The minimum requirements for EFIAP, set by FIAP , is as follows:
The candidate must have held a AFIAP distinction for a minimum of 12 months and to have gained a minimum of 150 acceptances in at least 30 FIAP approved exhibitions, using no fewer than 50 different images, in 15 or more countries.

FIAP also require a portfolio of prints, minimum of 5, maximum 10, for their archive in Belgium.

My EFIAP distinction was granted on 14th March, 2011, having gained a total of 206 acceptances, using 53 different images, in 57 salons across 19 different countries. I also gained a total of 22 International awards, including 2 FIAP Gold Medals in Scotland and Argentina.

Applications for any FIAP distinction must be made through your countries FIAP Liaison Officer.

Useful Links: FIAP | PAGB | PSA |

The London Salon of Photography

The London Salon of Photography invites you to submit prints to their 100th Annual Exhibition, 2011.

The London Salon was founded in 1910, but before that it existed as the Brotherhood of the Linked Ring, a photographic society that was established in 1892. The original Linked Ring members were a breakaway organization from the (Royal) Photographic Society, who at that time placed more emphasis on the science of photography than photography as a form of art.

Today, like back then, the aim of the London Salon is to exhibit only that class of photographic work in which there is distinct evidence of artistic feeling and execution.

Membership to the London Salon is still by invitation only. However, their annual exhibition is open to all photographers. You can also lend your support in the form of an annual subscription (friend of the London Salon). Friends receive a personal invitation to a private viewing of the exhibition along with a free colour illustrated exhibition catalogue.

My entry into this years salon is:

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Days of Despair, Urban Existence, Waiting in Vain and Savage Landscape. The closing date for all entries is: Monday 25th April, 2011 – see the London Salon website for more details.

Useful links relating to this post: The London Salon | Brotherhood of the Linked Ring | Photo-Secession | Royal Photographic Society

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

VECC National Internet Exhibition, 2011

Photo2011 – www.photo2011.net is the 13th National Open Exhibition hosted by the Vale of Evesham camera club.

Each year the exhibition grows, this year it attracted over 3,370 digital entries.

The Judges; Sandy Leland FRPS, Peter Gennard MFIAP EFIAP/p, Graham Hodgkiss MPAGB and Colin Smith FRPS were supported by the VECC team to create another spectacular on-line digital exhibition featuring no fewer than 670 breathtaking images.

My acceptances for this year were:

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There’s No Going Back .. PAGB Ribbon
Muddy Water Blues
Contemplation
Monty
Foot Loose.

This now brings my total BPE acceptances too: 245.

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.

3rd Great British International Small Print Circuit, 2011

The 3rd GBISPC is an International Photographic Exhibition for un-mounted prints up to a maximum size of A4.

The competition comprises of four exhibitions, known as a circuit, these being; Arddangosfa International (Wales), Carlisle International (Scotland), Hoylake and West Cumbria Internationals (Great Britain).

Muddy Hell

Photographers, both amateur and professional, from all around the world are invited to submit their work.
No fewer than 36 judges took on the task of selecting the best prints from each section.

Two’s Company

Having competed the criteria required for EFIAP this exhibition started my journey towards EFIAP Bronze (75 further acceptances from 25 new works with 3 awards gained from 3 different countries).

Remember Them

I entered just 2 sections, Open Colour and Monochrome and gained the following 15 acceptances:
Arddangosfa International (Wales)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Remember Them
Mono Prints: Wychbury Heights

Foot Loose

Carlisle International (Scotland)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell
Mono Prints: The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

The Lightening Tree

Hoylake International (GB)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Two’s Company
Mono Prints: Foot Loose, The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

Wychbury Heights

West Cumbria International (GB)
Colour Prints: Muddy Hell & Two’s Company
Mono Prints: The Lightening Tree & Wychbury Heights

Images © John Powell, 2011 All Rights Reserved.