Last Thursday, after procrastinating for too many years, I finally submitted a panel in the hope of upgrading my qualification with the BIPP to Associate. It’s something that I have struggled with for a while, really wanting to produce something beautiful, but never being entirely happy that I was getting to what I wanted. Last year I finally had an idea that I thought I could develop and I started shooting in earnest in March of this year.
The last few weeks have flown by in a bit of a daze of late nights and long hours, trying to get everything prepared in time. Because of the nature of the work the files had to be perfect and the printing even more so. I would like to thank Victoria Bampton and Paul Williams for their involvement. In the same way that photographers worked with expert darkroom practioners in the days of film, we have the same option in the digital darkroom and I was lucky enough to have these two experts work with me. I know Paul that you must have wondered if you had been unlucky enough to find the fussiest person on the face of the earth, so I really do thank you for your understanding, the prints are beautiful.
I travelled to Newcastle for the assessment. It seemed somehow right that I should be going home for something so important to me ~ maybe like a good luck charm. Thankfully my appointment was in the morning, I’m not sure what I would have done with myself if I had been rattling around for too many hours! I handed over my panel and sat and waited to be called in to be told of the outcome. I had expected it to feel like forever, but it didn’t and I was soon greeted by Chris Harper FBIPP with the lovely words “I am pleased to tell you that you have gained your Associateship” followed by an expectant pause, then ” and we have decided to upgrade you to Fellowship” ~ or something along those lines because to be honest at that point I went in to a bit of a daze and it didn’t really sink in, which was then commented on several times!
Needless to say when I left the building there were several phone calls made, not least to my Mam and Dad who have supported me endlessly in everything I have ever done. My Dad was very choked and was again yesterday when he actually saw the work for the first time. I am so proud that he is so proud, it means the world to me. My Mam, the practical one who has taught me well in most things, bought me a bottle of Bombay Sapphire to celebrate ~ see what I mean 😉
My Fellowship is in Fine Art ~ and it is this diversion from my day to day work that has really given me the chance to experiment and develop ~ and happily my new skills and ideas have also transitioned back to the business, so a real win, win situation.
There are a couple of additional thanks, to Sally and Denise for assisting me with the shoots, patiently moving flags and lights half inches and tiny degrees ~ and for basically keeping me sane every day. To Joceline, Katy & Joel, the dancers with whom I worked; their enthusiasm for what we were doing was fantastic, it felt like a real team effort. And lastly ~ in a keeping the best till last type of way ~ Kevin Wilson FBIPP FRPS, my mentor for the last four years, whose patience, generosity in teaching, guidance, advice, honesty and integrity have led me to be able to produce a body of work that I love ~ and I hope you do too.
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