The RPS was founded in 1853 to «promote the Art and Science of Photography».The Society has some 11000 members world-wide.
I became a member in 2012 and was awarded the distinction «Licentiateship» in 2013 after submitting a panel of 10 approved images.
After working for 2 years on a new project, I applied for an assessment for the next distinction level in April 2016. This time I attended the assessment day at the RSP headquarters in Bath and was awarded the "Associate" distinction, as the only successful applicant among a total of 7 applicants on that day.
"Percussion" was included in the RPS International Exhibition for Projected images in 2012
"The Go-between" was selected for The Society´s 156th International Print Exhibition in 2013.
"Strolling", an image captured near Beachy Head in Sussex, won the RPS Membership Card Competition for 2015.
The Norwegian Opera and Ballet
This is my successful application for the distinction of Associateship to The Royal Photographic Society in the UK. The required project with 15 images had to be presented with a "Statement of Intent". This is my statement:
"The Norwegian Opera and Ballet building appears to rise out of the Oslo Fjord. Its most characteristic outdoor feature is the inclined ramp allowing the public direct access to the roof with its panoramic views of city and fjord. Some visitors are in a hurry, anxious to get back to their cruise ship on time; others are more relaxed, content to soak up the last rays of the evening sun, taking a “selfie” perhaps, or a romantic stroll in the twilight. The ever changing light reflects on the glass, the marble, the white aluminium and the people. It is almost as if a strange symbiosis takes place between this unique architectural landscape and its admirers. I have been here countless times in all weathers, in all seasons and at all hours, pursuing my intention to capture the interplay between the landscape and the light, the people and the place".
This image was awarded a silver medal at an international exhibition in Kragujevak, Serbia, the theme "Shadows".
I try to get back to my roots in England twice a year, mostly to visit family. The occasional photo safari with like-minded friends is an added bonus.
Red roof, Rye Harbour, Sussex. Accepted at The International Exhibition of Art Photography, Kragujevac, Serbia.
The Light Railway at Dungeness. Accepted at The International Exhibition of Art Photography, Kragujevac, Serbia.
Birling Gap, Sussex.
English oak, Great Chart, Kent.
The Lines to London.
The bell of the beach, Folkestone.
Some people are just natural models, my mother Sylvia Mills at 94, is top of the range and a born entertainer.
94 and still blowing strong!
In the attic.
One week old.
Stealing the limelight.
New technology in the old town (Gamle Stan, Stockholm).
My mates Davy and Douglas.
Summer days are long in Norway, and the light can be fantastic!
"A Midsummer Nights Dream" was accepted at "The Belgrade Salon" in 2014.
Hoddevika, Western Norway.
A cemetery by the sea at Ervika, Norway.
Trekking towards Molladalen, Sunnmøre, Norway.
Walking to a wedding, Øye, Norway.
A Night at The Opera, Oslo.
Hoddevika, Western Norway.
Just before sunrise from Lista Lighthouse, South West Norway.
Early morning, Kvalvika, Sunnmøre.
"Framed" was accepted at "The London Salon" 2016.
Ullekleiven Beach, Lofoten, Norway.
I love the simplicity of the subdued winter color palette, and how the snow muffles the sounds in the landscape. Comfort and clothing can be a challenge, not to mention battery life in the camera.
A (very) quick dip! Awarded a bronze medal at the International exhibition of Art Photography at Kragujevak, Serbia.
Thin red line, Norefjell, Norway. Accepted at The International Exhibition of Art Photography, Kragujevac, Serbia.
Into the light . . .
126 Birds on a Wire. Thanks to Leonard Cohen.
2 images from a car-breakers in Sweden.
A light snowfall on the local football pitch.
Night Sky in Winter, Rauland, Norway.
A winter day, in the forest North of Oslo.
New life and colours appear nearly every day, so no time to lose. Sometimes there is a false start, we think the winter is over and then suddenly, (after we have put summer tyres on the car), the winter is back again.
An early bloomer.
Just a few pockets of winter resistance in the hills by the Holmenkollen ski-jump.
Over the top.
A wood pigeon in spring.
Between a plank and a hard place.
"Framed" has been accepted at "The London Salon of Photography 2016".
The Akerselva river in Oslo during the spring thaw.
A "crocodile" in the forest!
The days are shortening and the shadows are getting longer. The first night frosts arrive and speed up the autumn colours.
"Sunset on The Oslo Opera Roof" was accepted at the Belgrade Salon 2014
The Oslo Opera House.
Derelict cars in the forest in Sweden
More derelict cars in the forest . . .
Early October in the garden
Autumn skyline at Helsfyr, Oslo.
Autumn trekking at Blefjell, Norway.
Late autumn fog at Lindeberg, Oslo.
The perfect combination of exercise, travel, beautiful scenery, adrenalin (sometimes) and good company.
Early season trip on Bunnefjord near Oslo.
Returning from a day trip, Storesand, Norway.
Approaching storm, luckily she appears to have a lightning conductor on her kayak!
Late autumn kayak trip to Grebbestad, Sweden.
Oslo Kajak Klubb prepare to leave on a day trip from Kvalvika, Norway.
From Urke, Hjørungfjord, Norway.
Kayaking towards Øye, with the mountain Slogen in the background.
Midsummer night paddling, Oslo.
A summers night in Bohuslän, Sweden.
Photographs of people I see on the streets, sometimes captured Paparazzi style, sometimes after talking to them and asking permission.
The wood carver.
"Stripes", accepted at The London Salon, 2018.
Akershus Fortress, Oslo.
To Have and to Hold.
A nap at The Opera.
The Great Escape.
Jogger, Funchal, Madeira.
Ice-cream above the Arctic Circle
A few images from my 365 project, one shot published for every day of the year.
I started in September 2014 and finished one year later. I am now planning to use all of the images in a book. here are a few favourites.
In the elevator
Thin red line 2
Cross-country skier, Østmarka, Oslo, Norway
Østmarka, Oslo, Norway
Birch trees at night
Ekeberg skulpture park, Oslo, Norway
Geese and offices, Helsfyr, Norway
Early morning, empty streets.
Raindrops on a window.
An amazing holiday in Peru. The colors, the contrasts, the altitude, the altitude sickness and of course Machu Picchu.
Santa Caterina Convent, Arequipa, Peru
Go for your gun!
The Pan-American Highway cuts straight across the UNESCO World Heritage Nazca Lines!
Pelicans at Paracas.
Machu Picchu seen from The Sun Gate.
Lima, Peru. Say Cheese does not always work!
The railway café at Dungeness.
On the beach 2, a black and white version of this was awarded a silver medal at the New York - Manhatten International Exhibition of Art Photography in 2017.
The old lighthouse and the nuclear power station.
Bird watcher's hide.
Sunrise on the beach in April.
Fisherman's hut and a winch.
Cause and effect
Deep within a Swedish forest, located just across the border from Norway, lie the wrecks of some eight hundred cars dating from the 1930s to the 1970s. These are the remnants of a car breaker’s yard, owned and operated for many years by two brothers.
The cross-border sale of used cars and spare parts to the primary market in Norway declined when the Norwegian government lifted its import restrictions on new vehicles at the beginning of the 1960s. The cars left in the yard were gradually reclaimed by the natural environment. In a simultaneous process of decomposition and renewal, the passing years have relentlessly imposed layer upon layer of their seasonal palettes upon the derelict vehicles.
The close-up images shown here are part of a larger ongoing project showing the forces at work during this process - the cause, and closely examine some of the resulting abstract graphic qualities of line, texture, shape and colour - the effect.