The Royal Photographic Society runs a year round competition for members (RPS-365) with a new theme every month. The theme for March was shadow. 22 images were shortlisted, including three of mine. You can see a lll the images and vote for your favourite by clicking THIS LINK! Voting closes 16 April.
L’Ombre de la chaise:
March got off to a good start with another image published in the Guardian Weekend Magazine to illustrate the theme “local”. The image was taken in Marrakech medina, looking down from the roof terrace of Riad Nesma, our base for the trip. Great place to watch the local people going about their daily business!
I have started posting to two photography groups on Facebook which specialise in minimal images. “Bodyline ” was selected as Photo of the Week February 23-March 1 : Minimalisms Award
Tangent was selected as Best Urban Minimal on 2 March:
And “Unwrapping” was included in the Minimalisms Awards “Simple Shape, Complex experience”
My images Curve, Tangent and Hommage to De Chirico have gone on sale in the 500PX Prime Gallery (see blog entries 2 March and 14 February).
An exhibition inspired by Port Meadow, one of Oxford’s wild green spaces, opened on 22 March in the Gallery, Oxford Town Hall. The exhibition runs until 21 April. It includes my image “Equine Grid”, 36 images of some of the horses which graze on the meadow:
Because of family health issues, I haven’t been able to get out and about much with my camera this year. However, I have managed to take and post one photo a day using my iPhone. Below are some of my favourites. Here is a link to the iPhone 365 Project Album on Facebook which is usually updated on a daily basis!
There are some images that punch above their weight in terms of the amount of attention they attract. One of those is “Look at this”.
First published on 1x.com in October 2013, it was then used by Digital Camera Magazine in January 2014 to illustrate how to capture colour abstracts. In February, it was exhibited in the Oxford Photographic Society’s show at Linacre College, Oxford and was used by the Royal Photographic Society London Region to promote “Best of 2013″ Exhibition at The Cave, Linear House, Greenwich in London where it will be on show until 18 April. I have also been invited to write a tutorial about it for the next 1x Tutorial Book.
Two of my abstract architectural images have been featured on the “Minimal Urban Photography” Group page on Facebook – “Linear in Silver and Blue” and “Cut Outs” which was won the Best Urban Minimal Award on 17 February.
The online edition of the Guardian Weekend Magazine featured my image “Bling Bling Shoes” in images selected for the “Trend ” theme,
while “Intertwined” was published on 1x.com
and Rectilinear in Silver (taken with an iPhone) was selected for the Community Gallery on Fotoblur.
More interest from 500px, with requests to license two more images Curve and Tangent.
More of my architectural images were uploaded on the new RPS website, and my Architecture Portfolio was featured on the Thames Valley region page.
I was aslo delighted to have a number of images included in a daily “Flood Blog” run by our local newspaper, the Oxford Mail, to illustrate what was happening on the ground in real time as the flood waters rose in our part of Oxford.
Arcaid Images a specialist architectural stock library has expressed an interest in the possibility of including me as one of its contributors – discussions are ongoing…. and I have also opened discussions with Kozu Books about possible publication in a future volume of its high quality limited edition litho printed photography books…
Last but not least, I often get Facebook “Friend Requests” from photographers in different parts of the world. Sometimes they say where they have seen my work. Two such requests in February referred to seeing an article on Steve Huff Photo website , the other had seen my work on O Mundo da Fotografia Digital a Portuguese photography magazine. I knew nothing of these articles. Small world!
December got off to a good start with another featured image in ArtFreelife:
and another image published in the Guardian Weekend Magazine under the theme Decorate. The image was called “The thin white line” and it was taken on holiday in Crete.
A few days later, “Fast Track” was selected as Curators Choice by See in Mono (SIM)
and “The Other Side” was Stark Magazine Curator’s Choice.
In the middle of the month, I heard that my image “Lady in Waiting” was one of the 16 finalists in the Art of Building competition sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Building.
You can view all the other finalists by clicking here!
The Oxford Photographic Society (OPS) published its annual yearbook, which included two of my images:
The year ended with the sale of “The Finger Points” which had been spotted at the OPS Annual Exhibition:
In January, I embarked on a new venture – a 365 project, taking and posting one image a day for the whole year. However, this project had a twist. Instead of using a “proper” camera, I decided to get to know the camera on my iPhone (about time too!) and post direct to an album on my Facebook page. You can look at this work in progress by clicking on this live link!
The start of the year also saw the start of a new exhibition by the Oxford Photographic Society in a gallery at a local hospital. I decided to exhibit three bright and cheerful architectural abstracts:
Also early in the month Digital Camera Magazine (Issue 47 – February 2014) featured a one page spread of my work in the series “Ten things to try right away, to illustrate the theme “Capture abstract colour – how to spot city shots with bags of impact:
To my delight, two images were published on 1X.com, Blue Gate:
and Walk the Line:
I was also approached by 500PX to license an image for inclusion in the 500px Commercial Licensing Marketplace which goes live shortly:
That’s a good way to start the year. Let’s hope it continues in the same way!
The beginning of 2013 was a difficult time for our family. My husband underwent the last two cycles of a six cycle chemotherapy regime. Life was dominated by hospital visits and dealing with the side effects of chemo. Going out and taking photographs was a non-starter, so I mined the archive. Looking back at images taken in 2012 proved fruitful. Three images were selected for the 1X gallery -
Right Turn Ahead:
In February, I sold a copy of “Lady in Waiting” to the German Innovation and Information Design Company OOSE to display in the office reception
“Rain on Waves” was featured in the FotoUp gallery
Barrier and Yellow Wall were selected for the Fotoblur Community Gallery
“Seeing Red” was featured in the Fotoup gallery
“Choose Me” and “Tangent” were both nominated in the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup International Colour Awards (although I have since heard that the reputation of this competition is questionable)
By the end of February, my husband’s chemo was over and the side effects of treatment were begging to wear off….we were looking forward to getting out and about again!
Last but not least, Oxford Photographic Society published its 2012 Yearbook – just a bit late! Including my works Choose Me (above) and “Blurred Vision” below:
Although originally published in November 2012, a feature about my work which appeared as part of the Artistic Licence series in “Advanced Images” (Indonesian photography magazine) became available online in April….well, some of it did! You can see pages 14 -17 of the article (including nine colour and black and white images) by clicking here
My image “The Other Side” was published in Stark Magazine:
The Other Side was also featured in the Fotoblur Community Gallery in March, together with “Seeing Red” below:
No less than seven images were featured in the 1X gallery during April and May, many of which had been taken on a trip to Spain in April, including “Triangulation” a facade detail of the Museo ABC in Madrid
“Eight Skylights and a Window” inspired by the Reina Sofia Art Gallery, Madrid:
“No Right Angle” from the Caixa Forum, Madrid:
“Eyes in the Sky” which was taken at Madrid Airport:
“Ascension” taken at the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia:
Also featured in the 1X gallery were two images taken in London, the “Finger Points” and “Weave”. I imagine you can work out which is which!
Another image taken in Spain was the Curators Choice in See in Mono (SIM) Magazine. “Solo” was inspired by the memorial to those who lost their lives in the Madrid train bombings in 2004. This images was also featured in the “Week in review” blog of inspiring photography on 13 May on the 500PX blog Click here to see the post
Also in May, I finished the first round judging for the “Best Shots” photography competition and had two works exhibited in the “Oxford Open” exhibition held at the Jam Factory, Oxford during Oxford Artweeks, “Curve” and “Wave” :
Something unexpected happened in May. Earlier in the year, I had approached by Unbound Games (a kick starter project) about the use one of my images as an “Incantation Card” in a fantasy game called Serpent’s Tongue. The image in question was Alone in a Crowd and it was transformed into a “Stalling Tactics” card in the game. The agreement was finally signed in May and the game has just been launched. If you want to be a Magi or find out more about it, please click here
Original image – Alone in a Crowd
As used in the “Stalling Tactic” game card:
My image Discworld was selected for the Fotoup “Hall of Fame”
Last but not least, in May I finished my role as guest admin on the Fotoblur website – a relatively short but fascinating experience, choosing which images to feature in the main Community Gallery and deleting images which failed to meet Fotoblur’s guidelines. Thank you Lance for the opportunity!
The summer months of June, July and August were relatively quiet in photographic terms, so I’ve covered all three in this “Summertime” post.
I was delighted to be invited to the launch of the “Best Shots” inaugural exhibition at The Station, Richmond in Yorkshire. I had been a first round judge in this competition and was curious to see whether any of my favourites images had made the final selection. Some didn’t, but many did. It was good to see them in the flesh and also to present a prize to the winner of the “Young Snappers” category for photographers of 12 years and under (I’m the “grown-up” standing on the left of the group!) You can view the 100 winners by clicking here . The exhibition is now on tour round the UK. Find out if it’s coming to a place near you by clicking here
I was honoured and delighted to have a tutorial included in the 1X book “Visions” Photographic Visions and How they Were Made, which was published in June. The tutorial book is described as a “treasure trove of world class photography that will motivate photographers of all levels”. You can look inside and order from Amazon by clicking here
I was also invited to write two tutorials for the next 1X tutorial book (Volume 3) , which have now been done although I don’t know when it’s due to be published.
Three images featured in the 1X gallery in June and July:
Last but not least, I finally got round to updating my set of images in the Members Gallery on the Oxford Photographic website. You can see my 12 representative images by clicking here
A few years ago, I entered the “Everyman” photography competition reached the final cut two years running. This September, I was invited to be a judge. Whilst honoured by the invitation, my other commitments meant that, sadly, I had to decline on this occasion. However, I did agree to judge a photography competition in a local village show – more fun than serious photography, but nevertheless well supported by the village participants who were delighted to receive awards in several classes, including things like “My Pet”, “What is this?” and “Pests”. Even more entertaining was watching the judging process for the best cake, jam, largest vegetable, longest runner bean……
It was also fun to meet up with other more serious photographers from the 1X community in London one Saturday in September. I was slightly in awe of these people, having seen their work on the 1X website. However, it was as much about being sociable, eating and drinking as it was about taking photographs and I was soon put at ease.
One of the images taken on this occasion (a “Parcours” practitioner doing a handstand against a bright blue wall) has since gone on to be featured in the 1X gallery (see October) and is due to be published in a photography magazine early in the New Year.
September brought the good news that one of my images “Four Square” had been selected for the Royal Photographic Society’s Portfolio 3 , the RPS’s triennial publication which showcases the best of photography and image science associated with the Society over the last three years.
In the same month, I also heard that two of my images has been selected for the RPS International Exhibition of Images for the Screen, which would open in London in November then tour the UK.
Last but not least, the website Photo One featured a selection of 20 of my architectural images to exhibit to the public and students at the Faculty of Architecture, Kocaeli University, Turkey to celebrate World Architecture Day. You can see the exhibition online by clicking here
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!