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David F Cooke ARPS - Oct 2013
Moments in Life
1 - 30 October 2013
Dr David F Cooke ARPS EFIAP:
My interest in capturing people going about their everyday activities started at school where I became involved in taking images for the school magazine. This interest continued at Leeds University as a photographer and Pictures Editor for the weekly student newspaper.
Subsequently, however, because of other responsibilities, photography became a low priority for many years until, in 2006, I was given a second-hand Nikon D70. This rekindled my love for the medium and I returned to my favourite subject of ‘street photography’. That year, I joined the RPS and the RPS Digital Imaging Group and started work on putting together a panel for the Licentiateship, which I was awarded in 2008.
In contrast, my Associateship panel, on The Church of St Thomas the Martyr in Bristol, did not include people. Although restricting, this was a deliberate decision based on the thought that exploring a new subject would be a greater learning experience. I was awarded my Associateship in 2009 and since then, I have returned to photographing people but focusing on producing artistic candid images and experimenting with digital manipulation to help produce the feel of ‘Visual Art’ which I want in them.
Although my work is essentially ‘street photography’, I want it to be more than a record of existence and activity and to have a sense of a story. Choosing titles for these images forms an important part of this. Rather than using descriptive words, I try to use titles which leave the story to the imagination of the viewer.
I find this kind of photography very engaging as going out with a camera not knowing if anything worthwhile will be there to capture is both challenging and exciting. As nothing is set up or pre-arranged, there is a great dependence on chance. On occasion, the story is easily captured as it plays out before you. At other times, an image takes post-capture work to draw out the story. Sometimes, there is just no story to be told and the image has to be abandoned.
I hope that you will enjoy the set of images I have put together for the exhibition and that you will make up your own stories about them.
For more on my photography, please see my blog at: www.davidfcookephotography.co.uk/blog
Monday – Friday. 9.30 – 16.30
The Royal Photographic Society
122 Wells Road
Bath BA2 3AH
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