My tenure as president of this association has only six months more to run and I feel I should revise, in the light of altered circumstances, what I wrote when I took up the post. For the benefit of the curious I retain the biographical details below, but some reflection is needed on our activities over the last eighteen months.
I had hoped to introduce a programme of educational exchange between members and our potential recruits: students at art schools and photographic colleges, and in branches of the cultural heritage sector.
This would have been prudent investment in the future of our profession by the only organisation in a position to offer it. Disappointingly, its development was prevented, almost from the outset, by the effects of something whose name does not need further repetition. Let us hope this ambition can be realised in the future and that it will become a permanent feature of the association’s calendar.
Whatever else we may or may not have done recently, we have all had the opportunity to examine critically what we do. It is worth considering from time to time the aims and principles we espouse, so I noted down on the back of an envelope:
What is the value of AHFAP?
The primary and probably most overlooked feature is that we exist at all, and pretty much uniquely at that. Many people have said to me privately, and it may as well be publicly, how grateful they are to have a club, or forum, in which to discuss and compare professional concerns. Many of us work in isolation and a sense of community is desirable to the point of necessity.
Our gradually increasing membership and its lowering age range is evidence of this, as is the willingness of people, once their arms are twisted, to contribute conference material.
The next most obviously useful feature is the correspondence on JISCmail, which inexplicably drops into my InBox just after midnight. Questions are asked, problems raised and, often enough, answered, solved. There is a free exchange of knowledge. Information is given periodically about conferences, webinars and the like. Jobs are advertised regularly. Equipment is offered for sale and free.
A lot of the above has flourished in the digital age. The website has been developed successfully, thanks originally to former chair Tony Harris, and to Claire Collins and Simon Barnes and now to Claire again and Dave Green too, becoming more lively and friendly. It is certainly a website to be proud of.
The annual conference, in whatever form it may be, is, of course, the association’s mainstay, its apparent raison d’être. Its social function is incalculable but, alas, we are barred from that for the time being. However, I don’t believe any members feel short-changed by what we did last year and it will inform what we do in the future, for the better, I am sure. We are evolving as opposed to ossifying.
A bit about myself
Unlike my predecessors, I have no photographic qualifications but I have survived, even prospered, in this profession. If I were starting out now, I would, quite rightly, get nowhere. I quake when I look at the jobs advertised on the website.
I was trained with some basic instructions (on a half-plate Cambo) by a photographer at Sotheby’s and from books and on projects with colleagues and friends. It is thanks to one of those friends that I joined the association. I became a member in 1995 and was elected to the committee in 1998.
Having retired from that role after twenty years, I was invited to return as president. Given the strictures within which we have all laboured during this period, I hope to have served, and still hope to serve, the association to the best of my ability.
Colin Maitland - May 2021
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27/3 VR Masterclass with Rosie Summers
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New Year 2021 message from 2and3D Photography
The fourth Historic Photographer of the Year Awards launched for entries on 14th July 2020 and was open to amateur and professional photographers around the world. Our very own Kira Zumkley was one of this year's judges!
The Association of Photographers (AOP) has published some guidelines for Photographers and creatives when shooting during this pandemic.
A message from the committee. We will also be updating you with any information we find relating to our industry and any help that is available during these very sad and troubling times.
See here for past news stories.
Links to all sorts of articles that may be of interest to our sector in general.
This has been an extraordinary year for many of us. The Corona pandemic has changed our lives fundamentally and the effects on our heritage industry will be radical. We will probably all face budget cuts and traveling around the world will no longer be possible for many of us. But looking at the bright side, we have learned how to reach out to each other and talk through our screens via Teams, Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp. Some of us already had the experience with online conferences. Our 2and3D Photography conference partner AHFAP replaced their annual conference with four successive Wednesday lunch sessions. The online possibilities are available to us so that we can exchange information and knowledge. However, nothing can replace having personal contact and meeting old friends and colleagues.
The fourth edition of 2and3D Photography was originally planned in April 2021. In the beginning of this year we had already announced that we would postpone it to 2022. Whether that will be possible still remains to be seen. We are now considering organizing an online edition to take place in May 2021, with four 90 minutes sessions over four weeks. We will notify you about any further developments as soon as possible.
Until then stay safe and healthy and, on behalf of the 2and3D program- and advisory committee, I wish you all a very happy 2021.
The Overall Winner was awarded to Michael Marsh for his transfixing capture of the Grade II-listed, Brighton Palace Pier. The Historic England category was won by Adam Burton’s aerial view of St Michael’s Church on Somerset’s Burrow Mump, while the newly-launched Where History Happened category run in partnership with television channel Sky HISTORY went to Martin Chamberlain for his sombre shot of the ancient city of Palmyra, captured before the destruction wrought by Syria’s civil war."Historic Photographer of the Year celebrates the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, from the most famous national treasures to the most obscure hidden gems.
See our Blog page for an interview with 2017 winner Matt Emmett.
For more information about HPOTY and to view all the entries and winners, see here.
The Association of Photographers (AOP) has published some guidelines for Photographers and creatives when shooting during this pandemic. The guidelines are primarily aimed at Editorial and Advertising Photography shoots where they may be a large crew but it's worth checking out as there are some useful tips. There is also a lot of other information on their website about mental health and help with financial concerns. They are also currently offering free Access Membership. See https://www.the-aop.org/
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