“Panel F5 was successful”
Today was the distinction sitting for the Irish Photographic Federation, held in the University Of Limerick. Since January, I’ve been working towards my fellowship panel, which is the IPF’s highest award and it was up for judging today.
To be brutally honest, I wasn’t that nervous because I really didn’t expect to be successful, but I’m delighted/chuffed/honoured/amazed that the panel was accepted In all today there were 62 licentiateship panels with quite a high pass rate, 9 associateship panels, where only 3 were successful and finally 5 fellowship panels, with only my one being accepted Not only was mine the last f-panel to be shown it was also the last panel of the day, so when I heard the magic words “Panel F5 was successful” I was stunned. I’m still very much on a high from it
Each F panel (and associateship panel) must be accompanied by a written statement which describes the thinking behind the panel of images to give an insight into the photographers vision. This was mine:
The naked human form has been a subject for artists, throughout history. The Venus de Milo, created around 100BC, is a larger than life marble sculpture, depicting Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love, as a topless woman, proud in her beauty. The Statue of David, sculpted by Michelangelo in the early 1500′s portrays the Biblical King David, again in the nude. Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Picasso; all masters of their art, have all created masterpieces depicting the naked human form.
In more recent times, in addition to sculpture and painting, photography has become another medium where artists can share their creations with the world around them. Henri Carier-Bresson, a founding father of photojournalism, whilst more famous for his portraiture work has also captured the naked female form in his images, as have other great photographers like Annie Leibovitz, David Bailey amongst others.
Whilst I draw no comparison of my work to the ancient or indeed modern greats that I have named, I do hope that this panel follows on in the tradition that they have set. My goal was to capture the beauty of the naked female form; combining the use of colours and textures, with natural light and amazingly beautiful models, I have created this series of photos, which I hope translates artistically and more importantly, hope you enjoy.
The panel was displayed as two rows of 10 images, printed 11×11 and window mounted into cream 13×13 mounts. I’ve uploaded all the individual images as well as the main panel image in my gallery section. So you can click view it there in full if you wish.