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Bishop's Stortford Camera Club member Sophia Spurgin achieves Associate of Royal Photographic Society award




Keen gardener and Sophia Spurgeon continues to blossom as a photographer, having received top recognition from the UK’s leading photographic organisation.

Sophia, a member of Bishop's Stortford Camera Club and its programme secretary, gained an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) award.

The RPS – founded in 1853 and one of the world's oldest photographic societies – promotes and encourages the highest standards of photography.

As well as ordinary membership to anyone in the world with an interest in photography, the society offers three levels of distinction – Licentiate, Associate and Fellow – which set recognised standards of achievement throughout the world and can be sought by both members and non-members, professionals and amateurs.

"The ARPS level that I gained is the middle of the three levels of distinction," said Sophia.

"The award requires the photographer to produce a panel of images which not only follow a theme but also work well together in the way that the photographer has displayed them."

Bishop's Stortford Camera Club programme secretary Sophia Spurgin (46782943)
Bishop's Stortford Camera Club programme secretary Sophia Spurgin (46782943)

Sophia chose as her theme white flowers.

"As a keen gardener, I grow flowers of many colours. I often plant and grow the types of flowers that I want to photograph," she said. "I particularly love white flowers such as stitchwort, cosmos, astrantia and anemone.

"White flowers, however, provide a photographic challenge as they are often much lighter than their surroundings. This presents complications of exposure and contrast.

"In my panel I wanted to show, with careful lighting, the delicate form and texture of the white flowers.

The panel of 15 photos on the theme of white flowers by Bishop's Stortford Camera Club member Sophia Spurgin (46781859)
The panel of 15 photos on the theme of white flowers by Bishop's Stortford Camera Club member Sophia Spurgin (46781859)

"I also wanted to explore a variety of techniques such as using textures, intentional movement and multiple exposure to create different effects.

"Using a range of apertures, I was able to get both detail and softness. The surrounding subtle colours have also been employed to complement the softness of the flowers."



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