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  • #2164
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    wbaxter
    Participant

    This link takes you to the slide show of the Members  competition

    http://www.rps-biennial.org/competition/finalist/14354/

    Something to aspire to, I entered but had none accepted, there is always 2014.

    Wallace

    #2166
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    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    I hope many members take the time to view these images Wallace, some wonderful work there and refreshingly different.

    #2168
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    Ian McNab
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    I can see why the RPS judges would go for these three images as winners, though to my mind, the images have the look of photos that have been constructed for a competition, by which I mean that the photography draws attention to itself, and seems more important than the content and meaning of the image: photographs upstaged by the photographer.

    I prefer the following…

    Winslow Edge – Ann Miles
    Sarah Bardwell, Director Handel House Museum – Jil Orpen
    Street Life, New Delhi – Michelle Chaplow
    The Butcher of Barbecoa – Jake Sugden
    Trampolinist – Ray Massey

    These five seem subtler, concerned more with what the image communicates than with the virtuosity of the technique.

    But perhaps this competition is more about the photography than the photographs?

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    #2171
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    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    That’s a very interesting viewpoint Ian, but it is hard to draw the line.

    They certainly represent a wider viewpoint than “club photography” which is often high on style and low on content. The judge on Saturday said, before he started, that we are all “image makers now” and I took it that we were going to see him favour the contrived. This is a sad trend in club photography. I like many of the “creations” and enjoy making them myself but the more content orientated stuff is being really pushed out and this is upsetting a lot of people.

    The RPS has a better balance.

    #2174
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    Ian McNab
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    Yes, I agree that the RPS has a better balance, witness the fact that the five images I cited were indeed in their shortlist – surely a good sign that this kind of subtle and poetic image still finds a place.

    But that still leaves us with the judges’ choice of 1st, 2nd and 3rd, a set of images that seem to me indicative of a prevailing aesthetic. To put it starkly, it represents a view of photography that would prefer Gregory Crewdson and David LaChapelle over Nadav Kander and Chris Killip (and it’s telling in this regard that the latter is the only real photographer in the Deutsche Börse short list – a competition he almost certainly won’t win).

    As you may have gathered, I’m not a great enthusiast for ‘conceptual’ photography, nor for much of what gets called ‘fine art’ photography, which – however sophisticated technically – can all too often be at best merely clever and at worst vacuous. (And don’t get me started on the gross misuse of the title ‘surreal’ to describe whimsical photographic silliness!)

    Am I right in feeling that as making and manipulating images gets easier, artiness gets more common, but making photographs with inherent depth and artistry seems ever rarer – even among winning images in RPS competitions?

    #2175
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    wbaxter
    Participant

    This may be a better link as the winners are shown on there own page, with the option to switch to the slide show of the finalists.

    http://www.rps-biennial.org/competition/finalist/Members-Biennial/winners/

    There were 8500 entries. There is certainly some thought provoking images. The point made previously is very pertinent. When is it about the photographer and when is the photograph taking center stage.

    Wallace

    #2185
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    Peter Robinson
    Keymaster

    There some fascinating photos there and I like the two black and white images Mac choose. I think they are graphical and well photographed.

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