Friday 20th January was down in our Handbook as an ‘informal discussion evening’ and everyone had an opportunity to put forward ideas to make life more exciting at APS. A suggestion to improve the content and quality of the Handbook by including images from the previous season was quickly taken up and Karen will now be our Handbook Co-ordinator.
For the second half of the evening Stuart Thompson ARPS talked us through his ARPS panel entitled The Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Project. A love of steam trains, as well as photography, saw him taking almost three years to put his 15 prints together, starting with walking the route from Hythe to Dungeness during which time he got to know not only the railway but also the people involved. Stuart explained the help given by the RPS judges in putting his panel together, showing rejected images as well as the ones finally chosen. Stuart’s panel was in black and white, converted from colour, and was entered in the Applied category. Different angles and viewpoints were required and Stuart discovered the joy of lying down in ditches to make this possible. He was advised to find something that hadn’t been done before. Keep it simple said the judges, and although this might apply to the final images it certainly didn’t apply to the time, energy and dedication on Stuart’s part to achieve his ARPS. We were all most impressed.
You can see Stuart's ARPS panel here http://ashfordps.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/congratulations-stuart-thompson-arps.html