My ARPS Panel ‘Left Behind’

Hanging Plan for ARPS panel

These 15 images form my panel for Associateship the Royal Photographic Society.  Regarding Associateship, the Society’s website states:  “The second level of The Society’s Distinctions is the Associateship – a significant step up from Licentiateship. While in the Licentiateship  we are looking for basic competence and skill, to be successful at Associateship level you need to demonstrate a high standard of technical competence as well as provide evidence of creative ability and the development of personal style. You also need to be able to show that you are in complete control of technical aspects which allows you to produce quality which is entirely ‘Fit for purpose’ i.e. suits the subject.”

Applicants are also required to submit a Statement of Intent: “A statement of not more than 150 words outlining the purpose, objectives or intent of the work.  This gives you the opportunity to tell the Panel about your work and explain why you took the images and what you want them to convey; it also enables the Panel to consider your work in a meaningful context. It should not describe the images or give technical details, unless you wish to highlight any special or unusual techniques employed.”

Statement of Intent : “Left Behind”
Abandoned buildings and the objects within them are the most fascinating of photographic subjects, one that will always engage my attention and utmost respect as a photographer. When the people leave a building for the last time, what remains of their possessions is poignant and at the same time heart-breaking. Mundane everyday items still imprinted with the memory of their old owners – Bond Street shoes for a tiny feminine foot, bottles of pills well past their “use by” date, a typewriter on which someone may have written their magnum opus, even the casualties of abandonment such as the butterfly that flew in unawares to become forever trapped in thick spider-webs – and always, everywhere, so many varieties of chairs. These treasures left behind deserve to be photographed as still life portraits, and turned into modern works of art that are altogether more sublime, because for me, there really is beauty in decay.

Tomorrow (Thursday 16th June) I am driving to Bath to present my panel to the RPS – wish me luck!

All images can be seen larger on my website.

Update @ 16th June:
Very very pleased to announce that I was successful in attaining ARPS, with a unanimous vote from all five judges 🙂

A Bit More Detail @ 29th June
This was a very nerve-wracking experience as ALL nine of the panels up before mine were not passed – some for technical reasons (printer banding, artifacts, over-sharpening, blown out highlights and the like), some for repetition of subject, some because although there were a number of ‘A’ standard images within the panel there were others which were weaker and therefore not yet fully up to the standard required.  It must have been terribly disappointing for those people there whose panels were failed, and I was fully prepared to be equally gutted because the standard was so incredibly high and the judges were being justifiably tough, so imagine my relief when it was announced that I had passed!  One of the criticisms of my panel was what could be interpreted as repetition by using so many different chairs, but the judge in question felt that there was sufficient visual interest in the different scene for this not to be a problem.  Other comments were: careful selection, good seeing to tell the story and find traces of humanity, wonderfully surreal touches (such as the air freshener next to the TV), the addition of document overlays was liked, creativity in the way the images were selected and processing of the prints.  The mount colour (black with a cream bevel) was not liked by another judge but again not felt to be an issue, he said it was fantastic, all of the images “really good”, he loved the handling of textures which added another element to make them more interesting, composition excellent,  and finished with “definitely gets my vote, it’s a lovely panel”.

Received my certificate and badge in the post the other day, and now that the former is in a gold frame on the wall next to my desk, it is finally sinking in that I am now Viveca Koh ARPS 🙂

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32 Responses to “My ARPS Panel ‘Left Behind’”

  1. Congratulations Viveca! You are amongst my favourite urban exploration photographers & artists and are very deserving of such recognition!

  2. This is great, great news, Viveca, and brightened up what has otherwise been a very dreary week. Congratulations. We are all so very proud.

    • Viveca Koh says:

      Thank you to everyone who has left a comment here, I really appreciate you all stopping to have a look and say a few words 🙂 Thanks so much friends!

  3. Bob Lussier says:

    Viveca! Awesome news! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!
    The images you selected are absolutely stunning. You have a tremendous gift for storytelling through imagery.

  4. What a formidable achievement, Viveca. I’m so proud of you, but not surprised. Your Panel is stunning; the judges’ decision was a foregone conclusion. Oh, and your new title looks very good on you!

  5. Jack says:

    Fantastic V- I am very proud of this for you . I love your work so much…it is a well deserved honor.

  6. Romany WG says:

    Well done V. Your panel of pictures looks amazing. There really is Beauty in Decay.

  7. Dave Wilson says:

    Congratulations Viveca! This is a great achievement and I am very impressed indeed!

  8. This honor could not be bestowed to a finer artist/photographer! I’m so delighted for you, Viveca. May this be the harbinger for continued good things in your life. You deserve it!

  9. andy gimino says:

    Wow viveca…congrats! You have so much talent…i am happy to see your that your work is accepted at such a high level.

  10. I have goosebumps!!!!! I am SO excited for you Viveca! Sending this post straight home to Mrs. Toad who will be BESIDE HERSELF with joy! This is the most wonderful news of the day. Of course, we knew all along you’d be selected, never any doubt… but it sure is great to see the judges agree!! WOW!!

  11. murphyz says:

    Congrats on the ARPS! I love this comment from the panel: “…to tell the story and find traces of humanity”

  12. Beyond excellent news! Congratulations and well-deserved!

  13. Eric Leslie says:

    Congrats on your success. It’s a well earned victory!

  14. Wow, that’s amazing, huge news Viveca! Congrats to you!

  15. This is awesome news, congrats Viveca!!! :))
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  16. Edith Levy says:

    Just beautiful. Congratulations and well deserved.

  17. Diana says:

    Hi there I knew yours would go through as soon as it went up, what a tough day. I love your work

    please get in touch Id love to meet and shoot some of those buildings at night, exchange skills if you like

    all the best
    Diana (ARPS) ha ha

  18. what a great set of shots! I am sure you were great. 🙂
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  19. A.Barlow says:

    I really like that shot with the butterfly and how it has a slight framing effect to the edges. Really cool shot!

  20. Catherine says:

    I know you’ll have set off by now, but the very, very best of luck, and thinking of you today with all digits crossed xx

  21. mark says:

    Hope all is going well and that you’re not too nervous. I’m sure that the panel will love your images and hope you come away happy.

    M xxx

  22. Tom Barnett says:

    That is Awesome! Best of luck!

  23. Great series V.
    Very strong and cohesive set of images.
    Fingers crossed you’ll blow them away and it’ll help bring you back through to the brighter side of life again.
    Good luck.
    Thinking of you.
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  24. Chrisdmrf says:

    An excellent selection for the panel V. Wishing you all the best and I’ll keep everything crossed for you
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  25. I am so excited for you, I can’t sit still! What an awesome piece here, Viveca, and your statement of intent is absolutely profound. Both me and Mrs. Toad will be sending MUCH good energy your way my friend! We can’t wait to hear of the fabulous and positive results from tomorrows meetings!!!!
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  26. Brian Furbush says:

    Best of luck Viveca!

  27. Kristi Hines says:

    Good luck! That’s a great collection of images! 🙂
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  28. Dave says:

    The very best of luck. It’s a great panel, if they don’t give you an ARPS for this then they should be ashamed of themselves.
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  29. linda says:

    Absolutely fabulous imaginative creations. Steeped in history and time, you capture the old and use ‘new’ to beautify the extent of the richness wrecked by the years. Time can be cruel but your photographs are elements of split seconds where decay started and time stopped. A creativeness to put a memory in frame for all to see with amazing detail is ART. You have created it.

  30. Chris Nitz says:

    Sending you the best of luck and well wishes from across the pond. That is a great selection of images and hope you do well tomorrow. Good luck!!

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