It is a while since I blogged, so I have not really shouted about my fantastic news – that I am now a qualified craftsman with The Guild pf Photographers! It’s so very exciting for me. Something I never imagined being able to submit for let alone achieve! Amazingly (and I am very proud about this) – I am now one of only around 10 people in the UK to hold this title, which shows how good an achievement this is!
Being out of the UK, I sent my panel for judging without being there in person, and so received the news over a Skype call from Lesley and Steve Thirsk – Directors of the Guild. It was very nerve-wracking making the call to them to find out my result, but they seemed as delighted as me at achieving it, which was lovely. A very happy dance then ensued followed by a lovely dinner out with my family to celebrate.
Becoming a ‘Craftsman’ with the Guild involves a very rigorous assessment process as not only is photographic talent assessed but customer service as well. The award is granted only to photographers who can evidence that they deliver high quality images, products, and customer service. The Guild has very demanding standards when judging photographic qualification. The judging is undertaken by a panel of internationally recognised experts from a variety of photographic backgrounds
Two years ago I gained my qualification with The Guild of Photographers for my portrait work. A year ago I gained my wedding qualification, and this recently for my landscape photography is the icing on the cake. In 2012 and 2013 I was named as the Guild’s multi genre photographer of the year. Together with these prestigious awards and my qualifications, I believe with all certainty that I can offer a photographic experience to my clients that is unique.
To attain the Craftsman qualification I submitted 36 images within one genre of photography – ‘landscape’. Around a year ago I started a project here in the Netherlands – photographing the Dutch landscape, events and wildlife that I found unique and beautiful to this country. It was these images which I used – many which now hang on the walls of my home, and some which I sold and which now hang in homes around the world as far away as Australia!
Choosing my 36 images was a HUGE challenge! Of course I was looking for perfection, but I was also looking for a selection of images that complimented each other. That when viewed together really answered the brief for this qualification regarding technical competency, the ability to tell stories and evoke emotions and showing that I was a true master of the craft of landscape photography.
Once the 36 were chosen – I then had to narrow this to 12 images that would be professionally printed and mounted for the panel of judges to scrutinise! It’s amazing how picky you can become about your work when choosing so few images to represent yourself as a photographer! Huge thanks to One Vision for printing my work so beautifully, and Wall space for creating the bespoke mounts for each image.
When you view the images below consider this that the definition of landscape photography and I think this will help you to see the images as a panel rather than individual photographs
“Landscape photography should convey a sense of time, place and human experience – thus encompass both rural and urban scenes, and include animals, buildings and people” Robert Hirsch.
Enjoy the images!