Photographing buildings and places is a natural extension of my work in urbanism.
As I observed daily life in public buildings and places, I became intrigued by the idea of using the public realm as my “studio” and the public as my unwitting “models.”
I sought out places where people created visual interest in an otherwise sterile environment. I waited for those illusive moments when an unsuspecting stranger became the element needed to complete a composition, terminate a view, act as a focal or pivoting point, highlight the scale of a building or the spatial character of a place. I delighted in finding unusual vantage points to observe my “models” and looked for different ways to portray the human presence to reflect the diversity of the real world.
The resulting panel reflects my photographic journey through the public realm, inspired by the visual relationship between people and the built environment.
For anyone thinking of submitting for ARPS, based on my experience, I would advise attending an assessment day as an observer so they can see first hand how the judges respond to different panels of images - especially those that are universally supported or rejected - and hear the reasons why. I would also recommend running at least one potential panel past an RPS mentor to get informal feedback well before submission (and then show that you have taken at least some, if not all, of the advice into account!) Make use of OPS members to get more feedback, but don't be surprised if the advice is conflicting! When all said and done, it's your submission, your choice of images and your decision.
Other key things:
time - allow plenty.......you will need more than you think
technical quality - don't let a good image be let down by the quality of the printing and mounting, as some were on the day of my assessment
achieving consistency and cohesiveness without repetition is not as easy as you might think - beware of working to a theme that's too narrow to show a range of work
personal style - the panel wants to see the individual photographer's eye in content and approach, mood and feeling.