Urban Exploration to Fine Art: a Photographic Journey – A Lecture for Camera Clubs & Photographic Societies

DSC_4181_rev_Oct09-1This first presentation encompasses my photographic development over the past decade, which has progressed at a fairly rapid rate following an albeit slightly slower but life-long love and practise of photography.

I discovered Urban Exploration in 2009, and this led to a series of visits to abandoned mental asylums and hospitals, where I spent much time taking photographs and showing these online via the photo-sharing website Flickr.

It was here that I received much positive feedback and encouragement, and gradually developed my technique and post-processing style, which led to my submitting a panel of ten photographs to The Royal Photographic Society for a Licentiateship Distinction, which was attained in April 2010.

I began experimenting with texture overlays in my work and gradually developed a different style of photography, which in turn led to a collection of images based around what remains when people leave a building for the last time. This became my successful Associateship panel ‘Left Behind’ with the RPS in June 2011.

Since then my work has moved towards a very artistic and painterly style, which is why I now refer to what I do as Fine Art Photography. This presentation is not so much about attaining Distinctions from the RPS, although I do discuss the process during my talk, but more about how I have developed in terms of style and maturity of vision over the past three years. There will be plenty of photographs, tales of Urban Exploration and the attendant thrills and spills that are a part of this activity, and even something which may or may not be a ghost!

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About Viveca Koh FRPS

I am a self-taught Fine Art photographer, and I see potential images everywhere around me, often things that many seem to miss or simply pass by. Abandoned buildings are a passion of mine, as are the details of places that attract my eye, the minutiae that collects in hidden corners, the small parts of bigger things that are fascinating in their own right. I enhance many of my photographs with texture layers and overlays, experimenting with digital double exposure, using old documents that I have collected to add a different dimension to the work in question.

In 2014 I was awarded a Fellowship Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society, and  I am a member of the RPS Visual Art Group and Digital Imaging Group, previous Honorary Secretary of the former (2013-2018), and a Friend of the London Salon of Photography. I am an LRPS Panel Member, a part of the team involved in awarding the Licentiateship distinction.

I have exhibited in a number of venues, and all my photographs are sold as signed numbered Limited Edition Giclée prints on Hahnemühle German Etch 310gsm via my website www.vivecakohphotography.com


To Book

Viveca’s fee for this talk is £150.00, plus the full cost of fuel and mileage at 45p per mile (in line with current PAGB guidelines), to your Club/Photographic Society from her home in Addlestone, Surrey with overnight accommodation requested for travel above 70 miles.

The presentation will be presented on a laptop connected to your projector, contains 187 slides, most of these being photographs, and fits within a two hour time frame including a 10-15 minute tea break. Her APRS panel of 15 mounted prints will also be available for viewing if required.

For initial inquiry please email Viveca at viveca.koh@gmail.com or phone 07956 517 524

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For this talk and for my work in general.

Other Talks – now booking

‘From iPhoneography to Fellowship: My Continuing Journey’

‘A Photographer’s Perspective: My Life Through A Lens’

‘The Joy of Seeing: Photography My Way’

Website: www.vivecakohphotography.com



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15th November 2012 – Malden Camera Club

18th February 2013 – Kingston Camera Club

5th March 2013 – West Wickham Photographic Society

12th March 2013 – Old Coulsdon Camera Club

26th March 2013 – Aperture Woolwich Photographic Society

9th April 2013 – City of London & Cripplegate Photographic Society

29th April 2013 – Potters Bar & District Photographic Society

18th June 2013 – Northfields Camera Club

28th June 2013 – Selsdon Camera Club

5th September 2013 – East Grinstead Camera Club

9th September 2013 – Cambridge Camera Club

18th September 2013 – Bristol Photographic Society

20th September 2013 – Ashford Photographic Society

30th September 2013 – Guildford Photographic Society

3rd October 2013 – Enfield Camera Club

8th October 2013 – Marlow Camera Club

24th October 2013 – Smethwick Photographic Society

30th October 2013 – Cheam Camera Club

1st November 2013 – Saffron Walden Camera Club

14th November 2013 – Bromley Camera Club

18th November 2013 – South London Photographic Society

20th November 2013 – Beckenham Photographic Society

22nd November 2013 – Eastbourne Photographic Society

13th January 2014 – Reigate Photographic Society

21st January 2014 – Ashford Camera Club

27th January 2014 – Dorking Camera Club

3rd February 2014 – Shillington & District Camera Club

4th February 2014 – Stoke Poges Photographic Club

11th February 2014 – Woking Photographic Society

17th February 2014 – Princes Risborough Camera Club

24th February 2014 – Amersham Photographic Society

26th February 2014 – Godalming Camera Club

4th March 2014 – Southgate Photographic Society

25th March 2014 – Molesey Photographic Club

30th March 2014 – RPS Digital Imaging Group, Eastern Centre

8th April 2014 – Imagez Camera Club

17th April 2014 – Chertsey Camera Club

7th May 2014 – Windlesham & Camberley Camera Club

8th May 2014 – Farnborough Camera Club

14th May 2014 – Bracknell Camera Club

26th June 2014 – Great Notley Photography Club

2nd July 2014 – Muswell Hill Photographic Society

18th August 2014 – Stevenage Photographic Society

30th/31st August 2014 – Welsh Photographic Federation 42nd Convention

22nd September 2014 – Bexleyheath Photographic Society

25th September 2014 – Hailsham Photographic Society

29th September 2014 – Hemel Hempstead Photographic Society

30th September 2014 – Welwyn Garden City Photographic Club

6th October 2014 – Harrogate Photographic Society

9th October 2014 – Royston Photographic Society

14th October 2014 – Haslemere Camera Club

15th October 2014 – Faversham and District Camera Club

20th November 2014 – Battle Camera Club

21st October 2014 – Maidstone Camera Club

23rd October 2014 – Ealing and Hampshire House Photographic Society

27th October 2014 – Sevenoaks Camera Club

28th October 2014 – Oxford Photographic Society

29th October 2014 – Yately Camera Club

30th October 2014 – Croxley Camera Club

3rd November 2014 – Mid-Sussex Camera Club

6th November 2014 – Letchworth Camera Club

10th November 2014 – Windsor Photographic Society

12th November 2014 – Dartford & District Photographic Society

14th November 2014 – Southend-on-Sea Photographic Society

18th November 2014 – Brighton & Hove Camera Club

20th November 2014 – Basingstoke Camera Club

27th November 2014 – Hungerford Camera Club

8th December 2014 – Crawley Camera Club

9th December 2014 – Bognor Regis Camera Club

11th December – Newbury Camera Club

8th January 2015 – Tonbridge Camera Club

19th January 2015 – Woodford & Wanstead Camera Club

28th January 2015 – Steyning Camera Club

2nd February 2015 – Walthamstow and District Photographic Society

10th February 2015 – Winchester Photographic Society

19th February 2015 – Bookham Camera Club

26th February 2015 – Gateway Camera Club

10th March 2015 – Bedford Camera Club

12th March 2015 – Harlow Photographic Society

19th March 2015 – Invicta Photographic Club

23rd March 2015 – Carshalton Camera Club

26th March 2015 – Wallingford Photographic Club

8th April 2015 – Ross on Wye Camera Club

9th April 2015 – Beacon Camera Club

15th April 2015 – Sittingbourne Photographic Society

21st April 2015 – Maidenhead Camera Club

30th April 2015 – Tandridge Photographic Society

6th May 2015 – Sittingbourne Photographic Society

22nd June 2015 – Southampton Camera Club

1st September 2015 – Worcestershire Camera Club

7th September 2015 – Edmonton Camera Club

8th September 2015 – Leeds Photographic Society

28th September 2015 – Gravesend Camera Club

7th October 2015 – Edinburgh Photographic Society

21st October 2015 – Horndean Camera Club

25th October 2015 – RPS Visual Art Group South-West Region

26th November 2015 – Exeter Camera Club

3rd December 2015 – Chichester Camera Club

20th January 2016 – Midhurst Camera Club

11th February 2016 – Wokingham & East Berkshire Camera Club

15th February 2016 – Newark & District Photographic Society

16th February 2016 – Sheffield Photographic Society

22nd February 2016 – Epsom Camera Club

15th March 2016 – Malling Photographic Society

21st March 2016 – Whitstable Photographic Club

29th April 2016 – Seaford Photographic Society

21st May 2016 – RPS Visual Art Rollright Group

13th September 2016 – Thurrock Camera Club

26th September 2016 – Benfleet Camera Club

14th October 2016 – Overton Photography Club

2nd November 2016 – Adderbury, Deddington & District Photographic Society

5th December 2016 –  Cheltenham Camera Club

20th February 2017 – Seven Sisters Camera Club

23rd February 2017 – Backwell Camera Club

9th March 2017 – Ampthill & District Camera Club

15th March 2017 – Alton Camera Club

5th April 2017 – Croydon Camera Club

25th April 2017 – Herne Bay Photographic Club

10th May 2017 – Mitcham Camera Club

20th September 2017 – Ware & District Photographic Society

17th October 2017 – Newton Abbot Photographic Club

18th October 2017 – Highcliffe and Infinity Photography Club

31st October 2017 – Sandhurst Camera Club

15th November 2017 – Field End Photographic Society

22nd November 2017 – Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet Camera Club

1st February 2018 – Storrington Camera Club

13th February 2018 – Bishops Stortford Camera Club

14th March 2018 – Deal & District Camera Club

15th March 2018 – Biggleswade and DCC

22nd March 2018 – Swindon Photographic Society

29th March 2018 – New City Photographic Society

5th April 2018 – Uckfield Camera Club

10th April 2018 – Photofold Camera Club

6th May 2018 – RPS North West Region DIG

4th September 2018 – Solihull Photographic Society

26th September 2018 – Leighton Buzzard Photographic Club

9th October 2018 – Devizes Camera Club

29th November 2018 – Watford Camera Club

3rd December 2018 – Woodley Photographic Club

15th February 2019 – Hertford and District Camera Club

8th March 2019 – Staplehurst Photographic Club

18th March 2020 – Buckingham Camera Club

22nd April 2020 – Canterbury Photographic Society

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