My main intention when starting DPP was to learn more about how I could tweak and enhance my images to look the way I had intended them to look when I pressed the shutter button. Little did I know that it would conclude with me having framed and exhibited some of my work in an art gallery, the old fashioned way!
In an earlier post I mentioned that I was intending to enter the Nuneaton Festival of Arts. It’s a fantastic opportunity for artists, dancers, musicians, writers, and photographers to have their craft displayed to a wider audience.
Photographers are allowed to enter a maximum of 6 ‘classes’, with 1 photograph allowed in each class. Now that the DPP course has encouraged me to archive my images more methodically, I was able to review a variety of different photographs quickly and easily find the ones I wanted to enter.
For me the greatest obstacle I needed to overcome was producing prints from my images. This is something I have to ashamedly admit that I rarely do. Since the entries were going to be displayed in the art gallery I realised that I might need to think bigger than my small HP printer! In an edition of Advanced Photographer magazine there was a feature about the quality of online printing services. Loxley Colour appeared to offer a reasonable quality of depth, colour and contrast. It wasn’t the cheapest, but seemed to worth the money. In other words, you get what you pay for. I decided to choose 16 x 12 prints, realising that they would need to be mounted and framed.
When my prints arrived it felt very satisfying to know I had created them and a sense of completion, in that they would be shared for others to see instead of being stored on a hard drive.
Last Friday the competition was judged and I was overwhelmed to hear that I had won 3 classes, came second in 2 classes, and third in 1! To have had my work acknowledged in that way was highly rewarding. All entries will now be exhibited during May for the public to see, which I find really exciting.
Photography can sometimes be very much a solitary past time, you go out with a particular subject/scene in mind, and invest a lot of thought in how that image is portrayed. If the final image is to remain with it’s taker, then photography would be a very soulless activity.
DPP Blog Posts
- Project 1: Workflow
- Project 2: Digital image qualities
- Project 3: Processing the image
- Project 4: Reality and intervention
- Project 5: The final image