The RWA Open Photography exhibition returned in Spring 2011, with over 400 photographs on display by amateurs and professionals alike. We were pleased to be working alongside the RWA to bring you an exciting series of events.
BFOP also sponsored a prize for the RWA Open Photography show – congratulations to the winner, Colin Powell. Colin’s prize was exhibition space in the Grant Bradley Gallery during the Bristol Festival of Photography 2012, a £50 voucher for developing and printing services at Photographique, plus exhibition advice from professional photographer Martin Edwards.
Saturday 5 March
Run in conjunction with Bristol photography collective Second Look, a PhotoMarathon challenges you to think creatively, meet new people and have some fun. Each entrant receives a disposable camera and a list of topics to capture in just one day. We had over 100 entrants, resulting in an exhibition at The Showroom on College Green. Check out the winners and the exhibition.
Saturday 26 March
Photography and Ritual: The photographic art of Tamany Baker
Tamany Baker has been making photographs and worked in many areas of photography for over twenty five years. She currently works as artist and university lecturer and holds an MA in documentary photography. Her series Living with Wolfie won the Conceptual and Constructed Fine Art category of the 2009 Sony World Photography Awards and she has been selected for a number of prestigious awards and exhibitions.
Tamany’s photographs examine layers of the psyche and the tension found between the natural world and our modern existence, whether in the ice fields of Iceland or her own back garden. She works instinctively to respond to her personal experience, using subconscious narratives to engage the audience and challenge the “disembodied eye” of Cartesian rationality.
In this talk Tamany discussed the role of ritual in relation to her work and examined the influences and cultural iconography that resonate within her photography.
Portfolio Review Session with Tamany Baker
Participants brought their own work to these quickfire one-to-one sessions where Tamany Baker offered a critical appraisal of their photography and suggested ways to improve its technical and conceptual content.
Saturday 2 April
Film Photography in the Digital Age with Martin Edwards
Now that the world has ‘gone digital’ some photographers persist in using silver based and alternative photographic processes. Martin gives his personal views on why silver still works for him, and will also be considering analogue photography and processes from a selection of local photographers.
The photographic dinosaur is alive, well and very busy.
Colour Management with Andy Johnson from Calumet
Andy Johnson who will be discussed colour management from a photographer’s perspective, teaching how to maximise the potential of your images and use colour profiles to prepare images for printing.