Revd Stephen Collinson, Minister in the Tees and Swale Pastorate, has achieved the Royal Photographic Society’s Licentiate distinction. He becomes one of only 3,505 Licentiates, 2,363 Associates and 841 Fellows of the Society.
A URC Minister for nearly 35 years, Stephen has been a keen amateur photographer for even longer. Recognising the power of images, he has increasingly used images as devotional aids and to stimulate discussion in church groups. Building on this and a Sabbatical study in 2012, Stephen has begun to build a website of images and meditations entitled Image and Inspiration. In two creative quiet days he led last year at Keld, the devotional and inspirational aspect of the actual process of creating an image was also emphasised. Stephen plans to build on these as part of his ministry in the Tees and Swale Pastorate.
To gain this distinction, Stephen submitted a Panel of ten photographs. Each one had to show mastery of the required level of photographic technique and personal input. Individually, the photographs had to work aesthetically, and as a panel, they had to have a coherence. The subjects varied and included landscapes, an architectural interior, and a ‘still life’ (left).
“There’s a real sense of achievement in gaining my LRPS”, explains Stephen. “Getting everything right was not easy. It’s not enough to have ten great photographs: putting together a panel of images that work together was frustrating at times. This was my third attempt, because the standard is high and any flaw is picked up.”
The Society’s distinctions are internationally respected and sought-after by professional and amateur photographers. Over 1000 applications for Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship are received each year with around 600 being successful. Submissions are held in different categories and are assessed by a qualified Panel of senior members of the Society. The Society takes great care in maintaining standards and in promoting excellence amongst photographers.
The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity with a Royal Charter. It was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of photography’. Membership is open to everyone. The Society is the UK’s largest organisation representing photographers with over 10,000 members in the UK and abroad. The Society publishes the Photographic Journal and Imaging Science Journal and it holds over 300 events around the UK and abroad. Its world-class Collection of historic photographs, equipment and library is housed for the nation at the National Media Museum, Bradford.