October got off to a flying start with news that I had won the September photo competition on Damian McGillicuddy’s website: http://www.damianmcgillicuddy.com/win-an-e-pl5/september-s-winner
The theme was “architecture” and the winning image was Brise Soleil, taken in June on our trip to Marseille and the south of France. According to the website “Once again the team had a really hard job to narrow all the entries down and choose an eventual winner, it really is time well spent though as it shows what a great standard of photographer we have visiting our website and entering our competitions, so thanks! The eventual winner was picked by Damian who had this to say,
‘This is a really cool image – I love the broken rhythmic symmetry. It’s a fresh look at Architectural photography and it definitely deserves to win’.
It is with some irony I note that the prize, an Olympus E-PL5 camera, was said to be “on its way” to me back in October. It is now the last day of November and it has yet to arrive, in spite of two chase up e-mails!
Later in October, a message was left on the answer phone telling me I’d been awarded a commission to photograph some public art at Pioneer Square, Bicester – a new shopping precinct not so many miles from where we live. Another exciting project…..but I’m still waiting for the brief!
One thing that did happen very quickly after the initial approach was a feature in an online magazine called Hot Shots, published by CameraPixu: http://issuu.com/camerapixo/docs/hotshots-camerapixo-01-online
My image Lady in Waiting appears on page 52
I was also delighted to have three images featured in the Fotoblur community gallery and two in the 1X gallery during October.
Here are the Fotoblur selections:
Renovation was created in response to a photo challenge set by Martin Gremm, curator of the 1X Fresh Ideas Group. The challenge was to take at least 100 images in an hour and arrange in a 10 x 10 grid. We were in the middle of a renovation project at the time, so I simply took the camera into the room we were working on and shot away at the fresh plaster on the walls, the painting equipment lying about the room, some details of the fixtures and fittings and the first few brush strokes of white paint used as an undercoat. I was very pleased when it was one of the images selected by Martin, who wrote
“Trust Linda to figure out how to completely subvert the idea behind this challenge while complying with the brief and producing an astonishingly interesting result. My goal was to see how people tame complex subject matter by forcing it into a grid. Linda decided instead to take simple subject matter and make it complex by forcing it into a grid. Aside from that, this grid is visually appealing. Iit has a couple of themes that get taken through a good number of variations. It has enough variability to engage but not so much that the parts dominate the whole. It fails completely if the goal was to describe the chaos and dirt of a renovation, but it does a great job as an study of aggregate beauty”.
The 1X features were Lighting the Way and Look at This
Lighting the Way was shoot at Windmill Hill on the Waddesdon Manor estate. The new building houses the Rothschild Archive and is rarely open to the public. We were fortunate to be able to visit on one of the open days.
Look at This was shot on location at the South Bank, at the London Calling meet up of 1X photographers which took place in September. It shows one of the “parcours” practitioners strutting his stuff in front of a wall with irresistible graffiti which gave the image its name!
Many of my photography subjects are inspired by the built environment – perhaps to be expected given my professional background in urbanism and love of pattern, shape and form. What was unexpected was an invitation from fellow photographer Harry Leiber to become joint admin of the 1X Architecture Group, a role which (after a bit of arm twisting and flattery) I agreed to take on in October – with the caveat that life is unpredictable and we spend a lot of time way from base, so my presence would be a bit hit and miss….
I was delighted to agree that one of my images, Alone in a Crowd could be used by the Royal Photographic Society to promote the RPS 365 competition on its Facebook page, for the October theme “narrative”.
The most enjoyable photographic event of October was a trip to Budapest to meet up with fellow photographers from Fotoblur (past and present members). It is one thing to admire the work of others, but something extra special to meet them face to face, for the first time in most cases! My images Ziggurat and Message Received were both taken in Budapest. However, it is the people we met on that trip who stay in my mind. What a wonderful group you are!
I finish November on a high, with one of my images published today in the UK national press – the Guardian Weekend Magazine in fact.
The magazine runs a weekly theme to which readers are invited to submit photographs in response. This week’s theme is “snacks”. My image of visitors to the Victoria and Albert Museum taking a break to refuel with an indoor picnic lunch was selected as the main picture. What a nice way to end the month!
And so to Passion!
A few days ago, I received my copy of Passion, the coffee table photo book published by 1X.com. I am honoured to have my image Chose Me included alongside the work of other photographers whom I admire greatly.
You can find out more about the book, see a preview and order a copy by following this link: Passion
I’ve been fortunate to have three images published in the 1X gallery this month. Two were from a photo shoot at the Bishop Edward King Chapel, Ripon College near Oxford. This is a wonderful building which was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture.
The third is another architectural abstract, this time from France – an artwork installed on the roof of the Unite d’Habitation in Marseille designed by Le Corbusier.
Other images of mine featured on photography websites include Elliptical on ArtFreeLife
and Ziggurat on Photodream Indonesia
24 hours in Bristol was a photo shoot competition that we took part in during October. An exhibition of the best images submitted to the competition opened in the Guild Hall, Bristol in November, including my photograph of one of the perforated steel towers in the city centre.
Although we weren’t able to attend the launch of the 24 Hours in Bristol exhibition, we did get to London for the opening of the Royal Photographic Society‘s International Exhibition of Images for the Screen, which included two of my photographs; a different view of the string sculpture on Corbusier’s building in Marseille, and a street shot from London featuring a giant hand on a hoarding around Kings Cross Station, with the finger pointing at an innocent passer by!
The Finger Points was one of two images on show as part of the Oxford Photographic Society‘s Annual Exhibition at the North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford in October-November. It has now be bought as a Christmas present for someone who saw the exhibition and was very taken by it! The other image was Brise Soleil (below).
Last but not least, a few days ago I was approached by Digital Camera magazine who want to use two of my photos to illustrate a feature on shooting urban colour abstracts. That will be published in January 2014, so something to look forward to in the New Year!
So that’s what’s been happening to me photography-wise in November – in the course of one month I’ve had work featured in the UK national press, an international photo book, three exhibitions and three photographic websites. I’m happy!
It is with some embarrassment that I look back and see my last post was in December 2012. Some catching up to do!
Rather than start the review with January, I’m going to take a backwards look at 2013.
As this is the last day of November, which better month to start?
I hope that before the end of the year, I will have worked my way back to the beginning and have caught up to December…..
November’s post up next!
In 2011, my main focus was to enter photographic salons with the aim of both improving my images and, in the process, to achieve internationally recognised photographic distinctions. This investment paid off in 2012 with awards by both the Federation International de l’Art Photographic (AFIAP) and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB).
I’ve exhibited in several local group shows this year. Three of my images were published in the Guardian Weekend Magazine in 2012. 18 images have been selected for the IX gallery in the last 12 months. As well as numerous features in groups, seven of my images have been featured in Fotoblur’s Community Gallery, and I was honoured to accept an invitation to be one of Fotoblur’s three gallery administrators.
In addition, I joined the judging panel of Best Shots international photographic competition which runs through until April 2013 and was invited to give a talk on architectural photography.
Last but not least, in the post last week I received copies of Issue 63 of Advance Images Photography Magazine, the first and reputedly the premier English language photography magazine promoting the art of photography, published in Malaysia. This includes an 8 page interview featuring my work in the Artistic License series, including 15 colour and black and white images. What a wonderful way to finish the 2012 photographic year!
Success in any competition is a great confidence builder. Photographic competitions are no different.
Having your work selected by independent judges, particularly people whose work you admire, boosts your self-esteem as a photographer no end. It can kick start flagging enthusiasm and act as a spring board which helps you take your photography to the next level.
Well, it worked for me! After winning the Abstract section of the International Color Awards 2nd Photography Masters Cup I was hooked…..more competition success followed: Royal Horticultural Society Photographer of the Year, Urban Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year, Black and White Spider Awards….Different competitions, different subjects, each one widening and deepening my photographic experience and adding to my portfolio. The prizes were an incidental bonus!
This year however, I’m doing something a bit different. Rather than entering competitions, the boot is on the other foot. I accepted an invitation to join the panel of judges in the Best Shots Photography Competition.
It’s a bit overwhelming to see my name alongside some of the great and good of UK photography – Joe Cornish internationally acclaimed landscape photographer; Amanda Berry BAFTA Chief Executive; Roger Tooth Head of Photography at The Guardian newspaper; Prof Michael Malony, Britain’s most decorated press photographer; J Collingridge International Architectural Photographer of the Year; Jonathan Beer, a still life and product photographer with an international clientele of manufacturers and advertising agencies, as well as American Steven Braker, a commercial photographer who has worked for Time Life and Sears Roebuck, amongst others.
Best Shots is a bit different to most photographic competitions in that it supports a charitable activity. The aim of the competition is to raise funds to support “The Station”, originally a Victorian railway station in Richmond, North Yorkshire, now restored to provide a wonderful venue housing a cinema, restaurant, heritage centre, meeting rooms, offices, six local artisan food producers and a large gallery space where art and photography are exhibited.
Quite by chance, we visited The Station in April 2011 when staying with friends who have a house in Richmond. It never crossed my mind that in 2012, I would be playing a small role in helping raising funds to support this self-sustaining charitable business at the heart of a wonderful community….
The competition has ten different categories: landscape, portraiture, still life, food and drink, sport, photo art, travel, animal life, phone photos and “young snappers” for those age 12 or under, so something for everyone. Each category will share up to £1000 in prize money (£500 1st prize, £300 2nd prize, £200 3rd prize) plus extra prizes are awarded throughout the competition, which closes on 30 April 2013. This month, December 2012, the photographers with the three highest scoring images will each win prizes a Hama Olbia Camera Back Pack.
The 100 “best shots” will win a place in the exhibition which opens at The Station on 14 July 2013, before traveling to Scotland where works will be on show at Kellie Castle, near St Andrews. From there, it will move on to Wales where works will be displayed at Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw, a gothic Victorian Mansion on the Llyn Peninsula and finally back to England, at Michelham Priory in East Sussex.
Members of the public visiting the exhibition will be able to vote for their favourite image. The image voted ”Best of the Best” will win an extra £1000!
You can register now and submit your images at any time up to the closing date by following this link: http://www.bestshots.co.uk/how-to-enter
You can submit up to 5 images for just £30, or one image for £10. For that, you get a chance to win prizes, have your work exhibited at four beautiful venues throughout the UK, support a worthwhile cause AND have individual feedback on your images from members of the judging panel.
Looking forward to seeing your best shot
This had been a good year for getting work published in the Guardian Weekend Magazine! ”Purple Haze” in June (when the weekly theme was ‘purple’) and “Four Square in August (when the weekly theme was ‘square’). I completed the hat trick in October with “Lady in waiting” (for the theme ‘signs’).
The strap line reads “How convenient: signs that transcend the language barrier at the Cinematheque Francaise, Paris”
Since then, opportunities to take and make images have been limited by other priorities: supporting my husband while he has second line chemotherapy (six cycles of treatment which started in October and is due to finish in February 2013) and working with the rest of the family to help my mother -in-law get the help she needs following a long spell in hospital. However, I am still actively involved in photography in a different way – as one of the judges in the Best Shots photographic competition which opened at the start of November and runs through until the end of April 2013. More of that in my next post!
As summer comes to an end, I realised that a couple of months have passed without a single post. Time to catch up, with the first of several bits of news!
In my last post, I talked about finding the right “home” for an image, and how Purple Haze had been selected for the Guardian Weekend Magazine. Well the Guardian has turned up trumps again, this time giving a home to another of my images “Four Square” which took pride of place to images on a theme of (you guessed it) Square which was published last Saturday.
In the past, I have simply reproduced the published image. This time, I have scanned the whole page, so you can see the fun that someone had with the layout. Isn’t this good way to display the group of selected images on the square theme?
Unlike many photographers who work in a particular genre, I hate to restrict the subject matter of my images. As a result, I have a very diverse portfolio and have to think hard about where to share my work. For example, photographs which are likely to be accepted in salons patronised by organisations like FIAP and the RPS are unlikely to find favour on fine art photography sites, and images which are popular in stock libraries will rarely do well in a photographic competition. I often have images which I like very much, but find it difficult to find the right “home” for!
Purple Haze was one such image – a view out of airplane window taken as we flew back from Marrakech at twilight, last month. A minimal, almost abstract, image where colour is the key component. Although it appealed to me, it’s not the sort of image to share on most of the online photography sites I use. So it was with great delight that I read two weeks ago that “Purple” would be the theme for photographs in a future issue of the Guardian newspaper’s Weekend Magazine. And it was with even greater delight that I found out it was published in today’s magazine, some 11 months after “Hot Dogs” appeared in the same publication. I had found a home for it!
“Un-posed, un-staged photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationship between individuals and their surroundings”
This definition of street photography is on the London Street Photography Festival website. I don’t think of myself as a street photographer. However, when I read these words I realized that many of images I have taken of people in public places fall under this broad definition, being spontaneous captures, with minimal interaction between the subject and photographer. I decided to put together a small group of images from a larger body of work, inspired the British seaside.
There aren’t that many places in the UK where people of all ages come together in the same place with the main aim of enjoying themselves, regardless of the inclement British weather. We flock to the beach sometimes alone, often with family and friends, armed with buckets and spaces, windbreaks, blankets and folding chairs, a flask of something hot to drink and a bite to eat, a newspaper or magazine to read, MP3 player to listen to and stay there until the light fades or the rain gets too heavy……A photographer’s paradise!
As we’re in the depths of winter here in the UK, I thought it would be a good time to remind myself of summer seaside holidays. So here’s a selection of my “street” images from the beach at Southwold, a charming town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast – a bit of a change from the urban images usually associated with street photography
As 2011 comes to an end it seems like a good time to take stock of my photography and remember what’s happened over the last 12 months….
Being one of the featured photographers in Issue 9 of Fotoblur Magazine (Spring 2011) and having work selected for Issue 12 (Winter 2011) have to be amongst the highlights of the year. You can read the interview here Photographer Interview: Linda Wride and check out the latest magazine here: Issue 12 Preview
My work will also be included in the soon-to-be published Urban Photographer of the Year book, along with all the winners of the 2008, 2008 and 2010 competitions.
Mustn’t forget having an image published in the Guardian national newspaper’s weekend magazine in June!
Fourth Dimension – a solo exhibition in March (another highlight of my photographic year!)
Artspool – group show in May as part of Oxford Artsweek
Coast – group show at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot also in June
Horti-CULTURE - group show, The 03 Gallery, Oxford Castle in July
Art4Wards – group show, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford in August
London Salon of Photography Centenary Exhibition – group show, London, in September
Oxford Photographic Society Annual Exhibition – group show, Town Hall, Oxford, in October
AOP Open Awards Exhibition – group show, Truman Gallery, London, in October
Touring exhibitions: Royal Photographic Society Members Exhibition
Honours and Awards
Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) June 2011
Highly Commended Welsh International Projected Image Salon 2011
Two FIAP gold medals: Bor International Salon (Serbia) and Banja Luka Interanational Salon (Bosnia Herzegovina)
FIAP patronized International Salons
35 acceptances of 22 different images in 11 different salons from 5 different countries
Two nominations (one in Abstract and one in Architecture) in the 6th Annual Black and White Spider Awards
One nomination (Abstract) in the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup
Some of the images that form part of the bodies of work above have already featured on the blog. Here are some of the others:
In 2012, I will try to carry on changing the world one image at a time……
Happy New Year to you all and good light!