Just as in the guilds of years gone by, to become a Master Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers you need to create a masterpiece worthy of the title! This is our highest distinction and recognizes you as being able to create work of the highest possible standard both technically and artistically, so your application must reflect the highest level of content and presentation and show the most meticulous attention to detail and creativity along with complete understanding of the art and craft of photography. It is the most demanding and yet exciting of our titles to apply for, because you have full artistic licence to create your own work of art".............not too much pressure then!
The 5th September 2018 was a huge date in my life - it rates as one of the biggest actually! I became a Master Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers! After achieving qualification around six years ago, and my Craftsman four years ago, this qualification award was a long time in the making....but 100% worth waiting for!
I gained a huge amount from completing my Craftsman. For me, it was as much about the journey with my mentor as it was achieving the end qualification. Initially I assumed that Master Craftsman would be the next logical next step in a short space of time. But it was not until October 2017 that I decided I was ready to offer a selection of images to a new mentor to see if I was ready to submit. After our first mentoring session, we both recognised that just submitting a back catalogue of work with updates and additions would gain me no satisfaction. It very quickly became apparent that another journey was in order!
The journey has been an amazing one, I am extremely proud of this panel and what I have achieved and amazed at my own creativity and conviction that I love these images.
During the last year I have been encouraged to develop photography that displays my passion and creativity. Also to research and identify what makes a cohesive and compelling body of work, that is essential for the Craftsman and Master qualifications.
Many of these images have been made just a short walk from my house, and prove that you need not travel to beautiful and exotic locations to create unique images. I find myself more often using my phone on dog walks, collecting images that provide ideas and inspiration, almost like sketches in preparation for a final painting.
My aspiration for these images is that they be recognised as ‘art’ and not just photographs. I hope that my passion for the landscape around me is evident, and that these images make you take a minute to linger and wonder about your own location in which you live. What I’m aiming to do is to leave the viewer wondering if they are missing an appreciation of their immediate surroundings, because they are ‘just there’ ? Or maybe because they just don’t allow themselves the time to look at the obvious?
I could talk on much longer about finding my inner artist this year, wondering how on earth I was ever going to get a panel together and the amazing light bulb moments I experienced in completing my MC. But I will leave you with my panel images, and I hope you enjoy them.