11 February 2014
SIG: Doc and Visual Journalism
Welcome to the DVJ blog on the new RPS website. We’ve been waiting a long time for it and hopefully it will be a better experience for all of us and easier for your volunteer committee to manage our information and events. We’re really encouraging everyone to use the website regularly to keep in touch not just with the DVJ but with the RPS generally.
It’s taken a couple of weeks to get the blog up and going. As you might imagine after taking over as Acting Chair on 1 January I’m having a steep learning curve, as well as planning for this year. The AGM will be in April and details will be published in the coming weeks. Cheryl Meek is the Acting Deputy Chair as well as Webmaster with Justin Cliffe as Treasurer and Wan Fan as Secretary. Del is around and providing lots of support.
For the next few months we’ve decided to use the blog instead of producing Candid, with a short monthly update by email. This means that we’ll be able to bring you information, articles and images on an on-going basis. If this doesn’t work well we’ll go back to the emailed Candid e-journal. Let us know your views.
We’ve lots of things in the pipeline right now - which will be advertised under ‘events’ as they are finalised. The good thing is that all events can now be booked on line – both free and paid for. You’ll find the DVJ risk assessment under ‘About’ and it is a pre-requisite of booking that you have read the risk assessment. So boring I know but it is important that we know you are fully aware of it.
As 2014 is the anniversary of the centenary of the start of the First World War we will be doing a series of events, and promoting individual members to set up their own projects to commemorate the event. In the coming days we’ll start a series of articles on the History of War Photography writte by John Cogan. Lots more information on what we’re doing to commemorate this in the coming weeks .
We had set a challenge of ‘Then and Now’ some months ago, but have never really taken it anywhere. We’re now waiting to hear if the new web site will permit us to set up joint member galleries or if we still need to use a members only flickr site and we will relaunch this. If anyone has ideas on other photo challenges we can set up please do let us know.
We’re also looking for images to go with blog entries – so if you would like your image posted on the blog you can email it to me at email@example.com (jpegs only please).
We will also post successful distinctions panels from DVJ members here too. Justin will be in touch with those of you who gain distinctions. We’ll try and get something on the blog every few days so do keep an eye on it and we hope that you’ll all be active on the Forum to facilitate discussion between members on subjects of interest to some or all of us.
For those of you who might be in London DVJ member Carol Storey has an exhibition at the Pullman London St Pancras,100–110 Euston Road, London NW1 ‘CROSSINGS the journey to peace’ images capturing the work of peacebuilding charity International Alert. These images explore the struggle women face when trading across borders in the Great Lakes region of Afric and how small-scale crossborder trade can not only improve the economicsituation of local people, but can also help to build peace and create tolerance and respect in this divided region.
Good snapping, Mo Connelly LRPS