Well last night there was a very well attended opening of this years Landscape Photographer Award on the New Mezzanine Level at Waterloo Station in London. All pictures that were either commended or received an award are displayed along the Mezzanine, entry is free.
Seeing my image on the huge sign above the platform gates was a surreal experience! My thanks to Russ Barnes for this picture.
It was also a great opportunity to meet some other photographers although I did not meet all I had wanted to. I did though have the opportunity to meet and congratulate Mark Littlejohn the overall winner of the competition with his wonderful image from Glencoe. A worthy and well deserved winner.
I would not like to be a Judge of this competition, well actually I would, I think what I mean is that it is possibly a thankless task or at best extremely difficult. The quality and range of subject matter is enormous and once sub-standard entries have been dismissed at an early stage the serious work begins. Having spent the last 5 1/2 years selling pictures and listening to what people say about them there is no doubt that any one picture can draw some many diverse opinions. What one likes an another will not and so it goes.
Having entered the competition on previous occasions I know only too well the disappointment of not even making the short-list so it was especially satisfying for me to have made the book and more importantly for me having my 'Winter' image selected as Judges Choice by the head Judge, Charlie Waite. He said some very, very nice things about it. For a photographer of his calibre to comment in the way that he did means, I think, that I am getting something right. The effort and sacrifice of the last few years has not been in vain. It was especially nice that my wife Elaine was with me to enjoy the evening as she has given up much to support me.
Where now for me? Well it's funny you should mention that as I've just finished preparing some new work for Spitalfields Arts Market which starts on 4th December and runs for 4 days. Two weeks later on 18th December my final event of the year gets underway, also at Spitalfields. I will have a broad selection of some of my favourite prints available to buy, mounted or framed, and I can now offer a limited framing service while-you-wait.
This year has also been my best for sales of Stock images, handled on my behalf by one of the leading stock agencies, Alamy. They now offer almost 5000 images of mine for sale, all carefully keyworded by me when they are uploaded, which reminds me I have a few more to deal with before they are put on sale. I enjoy shooting for stock, whilst some are traditional landscape shots, others are diverse and seemingly mundane but no one knows what a picture editor may be looking for. Recent sales have included images to be used on a book cover, published in January when I might get to find out what the book is! Images for newspapers, corporate web sites, magazines and so on. Below is just a small selection recently sold. While Alamy act on my behalf I can and do sell direct if so requested so if you are in market for images for commercial use or would like to discuss a commission please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
I need to start giving some thought to the images of mine which will form part of Totally Photographic V to be held at Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, Suffolk early in the new year. Structure I believe is the theme. So not really much time to stand still!
Looking forward to Spitalfields and it would be nice to see you there, great art and a wonderful atmosphere.