My second blog ,while stand-alone, is driven by the first. It’s difficult to ignore the desire to attempt a ‘second bite of the cherry’ when the dust has yet to settle from the ARPS. The sensible part of my brain say’s “you’re done really well, stick with what you have and give yourself a pat on the back”. But, during quiet times, ‘the half full’ area pops up and dares me to once again bare my soul to possible criticism or adulation; yes I’m going for the big one, the Fellowship.Why?’ why not? has became my mantra, after all I only in my 7th decade. Like the first blog, this is a description of my journey towards a second award from The Royal Photographic Society; the Fellowship.
What I’m up against?
One read through the RPS Fellowship requirements and ******* comes to mind.
A sample from the RPS Fellowship Criteria reads:
So what’s in the plan and how far has it progressed?
2nd part of the blog - The 1 to 1 review
2 September 2022
If you are planning on going for an award with the RPS then you MUST, I say again, MUST take up the option of talking with someone before you make your final choices. I sat with an advisor last weekend and talked through each proposed image picking out not only , the good, bad and ugly but also looking at the proposed layout. It must be remembered that they have seen a large number of submission and have remembered why the awards was not given. (Big tip, write down what you want covered before hand). I sent up 21 images plus 5 spares which we covered together.
My guy could not have been more positive if he tried. He suggested that some of my spare images would be better suited in the panel and it's not until someone else points it out that you see better ideas. Things like the layout is important and sometimes you cannot see 'the wood for the trees' until it's pointed out to you. We talked through the pro and cons of a print submission against a digital presentation and he helped me to decide 100% what to go for.
The suggestion of reverting one or two images helped to balance the panel layout as did the idea of matching complementary colours in the rows. A strong image placed in the centre was not what I had thought of before but after moving things around it became clear although, you must remember that most of the process is subjective. In my case (and I was aware of this), the Statement of Intent (SOI) was 'off target'. It failed to explain how and why I did what I did. Reading between his lines, he meant in other words don't use words that have little relationship to giving a good description. It was clear that this was in need of some TLC. From that I decided to write down main bullet points that I new had to be covered in the SOI; no 'fluff', just solid points such as 'your main aim', 'why you did this or that' and 'how did you do arrive at the final images'; all makes sense really DON'T IT!. We spent the best part of an hour in a two way conversation and I came away feeling more positive than before. In conclusion, I've changed the panel layout here and there, I've now written the SOI again. Big tip, make a list of bullet points you feel need to be explained before you start to write your SOI.
My advice for what its worth:
* Plan, plan and plan again until you are sure you have a photo subject that 'warms your enthusiasm'.
* Read and re-read the specs on the RPS web site to make sure you have it all sorted.
* If going for prints, check all areas. Use the 200% view; you don't want small issues getting in the way.
* Book an advisory session. Make plenty of notes both before, during and after the event.
* You can use Zoom or the phone; i went for the phone.. (don't want to many view of my ugly mug seen).
* If you feel you have made the wrong choice ie bookings etc, talk to the RPS, support is great.
* Be sure to include all the extra paperwork for the submission; all can be found on the RPS web site.
* Remember, if someone else does your printing and mounting, the quality is down to you.
* Remember the SOI word count allowance (140 in most cases) and use all of it if needed.
* Be sure that your panel needs a title, sometimes it's better to go solo and let others label it.
Time for Prints
My next move is to look into some of the options I've been given for good quality printers. I'm going for 8 inch square images placed on a 14x12 white background. By placing the images 2 inches from the top it give a good balance as the bottom becomes 4 inches; good for viewing hand held.
Assessment Date: I'm booked in for 1st December 2022 but i'll feedback before if and when it's needed. Thanks for reading this blurb.
Final Panel Layout: Below is the final (I think) layout that I plane to use.
Terence Jones ARPS
A photography enthusiast with a long and varied interest in taking pictures.
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