A Personal Response - Chris Palmer FRPS EFIAP DPAGB APAGB  21 September 2021   

CP IcelandThe club was delighted to get back a bit more to normality with it’s first ‘live’ presentation after 18 months of just seeing our speakers virtually through zoom!!
A warm welcome was given to Chris Palmer who showed us an amazing selection of his prints. With 35 years of photography and experience judging he knows just what makes up a good image and says it’s not so much about the equipment used but the photographers eye. Chris says – ‘we all see the world slightly differently’ and he constantly strives to produce images that are different to the work of other photographers.
Chris has visited Iceland on many occasions and showed how he concentrates on small areas of the landscape rather than the usual wide views. He often uses a telephoto lens to isolate areas with interesting shapes or colours. Another area he finds interesting is Yellowstone NP with its hot springs and steaming geysers giving subtle colours.
CP pebbleChris looks very carefully at the composition and how a viewer would see the image before he takes each photograph. The broken ice on a puddle and close-ups of the worn paint on the side of a container give him inspiration. A pebble on a beach or the lines in the sand as the tide goes out can result in interesting abstract images.
The resulting prints are almost always as taken with little cropping or post processing. Chris suggests that prints should not look cramped in their mounts so it is better to print smaller. Some of the prints were displayed in groups of 3 or more in the same mount to great effect.

CP panelAfter the break Chris explained how he came to select his images for his visual arts panel that gained him the prestigious Fellowship of the RPS.
Chris achieved his Associate RPS some years ago using traditional darkroom monochrome prints and earned a Distinction of the PAGB with colour transparencies. Seven years ago Chris thought he might be ready to try for a Fellowship. He needed to find a subject that was different and that nobody else had done before. Whilst on a trip to Venice with a group of photographers he suddenly got inspiration after visiting a small island which is the main cemetery of the city. No burials are allowed in Venice so Isola di San Michele is a large cemetery with beautifully carved memorial stones. The area is very atmospheric with different emotions expressed on the memorial stones. After taking many close-up photographs of the detailed carvings Chris decided that he could produce enough images for the required submission panel. Each image was carefully selected for both colour and subject with texture layers added to great effect.
With some trepidation Chris showed some of the prints to a photographer whose opinion he respected who thought the images showed promise. To make up the required panel of 20 – 21 images takes a great deal of thought both in content and layout. Finally, after months of work the panel was submitted and then after a long wait he finally heard that he had gained the much coveted Fellowship.
Chris says now it was a lot of hard work but also a very enjoyable journey.
Thanking Chris for such an interesting evening, David Wilkinson said that the standard of the photography and printing was phenominal. PM
Images © Chris Palmer    See more images on Chris Palmers website