What does it take to win the RPS International Print Competition, a competition seeped in history?
In 2017 a highly qualified panel of judges (see http://www.rps.org/IPE159) chose the work of Saltaire based photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn who will visit RPS East Midlands who will talk about her work as an artist and explore the process of developing personal photography projects by examining her own practice and focusing on her most recent project ‘Being Inbetween’. How she has taken the starting point of an idea and developed it and brought it to fruition; to online exhibition and exposure in gallery exhibitions.
The focus of Being Inbetween is the complex transition between childhood to young adulthood. ‘Being Inbetween’ explores the ages of ten to twelve where you are no longer “child’ and not yet young adult; an age where girls are often unintentionally rendered invisible or unimportant.
The series of portrait studies combine photography with interviews, to form an exhibition containing images representing young women as they want to be seen; powerful photographs align with words exploring dreams, hopes and fears for the future.
The series has been featured online Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed. The articles having been ‘re-tweeted’ by UN Women and Malala Fund. Selected work has appeared in the Sunday Times, Yorkshire Post, the BJP, F2 Cameracraft, Click Magazine, Professional Photography Magazine and Amateur photographer.
Two of her portraits from her series were chose to tour with the RPS International Print Exhibition one Alice having been awarded the gold medal.
In the morning, the recently retired RPS EM treasurer, Geoff Blackwell ARPS will be returning the East Midlands to be our speaker. Initially, he will talk about Photographers, Photography and Postage Stamps – a talk he describes as a photographic entertainment. After a coffee break he will talk about the life and work of Nottingham artist and photographer Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) the first photographer to work in the high Himalayas. There will be an opportunity to view a small exhibition of vintage prints by Bourne.