Friday, 24 September 2021

Snap! Photographers and friends honoured together

TWO photographers from the Henley area were honoured by the Royal Photographic Society on the same day.

TWO photographers from the Henley area were honoured by the Royal Photographic Society on the same day.

Charlotte Snowden and Angela Davison have achieved their associate level in professional and applied photography.

The women have been friends since meeting at a cricket match several years ago.

Ms Snowden, from Checkendon, has been a professional photographer since 1993 after launching her career in the dark room at the Canberra Times in 1991. She started her own business in 2006 and has since amassed a wide portfolio of work.

The mother-of-two said that reaching the associate level had been her goal since achieving the society’s licentiate award in 2005.

“I have put a lot of work into it and it has taken me five years to complete,” said Ms Snowden. “It means that you have attained a certain level and by being a member of the Royal Photographic Society you adhere to its code of ethics as you have been recognised as a photographer of that level.

“The next stage is being a fellow, which requires submitting a body of 20 images in whichever section you go for. It has to be a much higher standard of work and so will probably take me a similar time if not longer.”

Mrs Davison, from Peppard, who works part-time as a photographer, achieved her licentiate level in 2010.

She said: “I have spent a lot of time trying to collate stuff from then on and it takes quite a bit of effort.It is an honour to get to this level and I am really pleased because it is a high standard and they do really stick to it.”

Both women submitted a body of work containing 15 images, each of which had to be mounted and presented.

Ms Snowden chose to study the travelling community.

She said: “I went to Appleby Horse Fair and became quite fascinated by the travellers there, all their customs and interesting ways.

“I have followed them around since then and have been going to Reading market quite a lot, where there are some gypsies. All the pictures are in black and white, which gives them quite a gritty look, and I find old men with craggy faces very interesting.

“I have been working on it whenever I can and finding time to go to the markets and various fairs.”

Ms Snowden found the judging process nerve-racking. She said: “It is a room full of people so the judges do not know if the individual photographers are there or not.

“They hold up either a green or a red card to indicate whether each individual image is a pass or fail. If it is borderline they will get up and say why they think it should or should not pass.”

Mrs Davison chose the theme of cricket as Stewart, one of her twins, is wicketkeeper for Henley Cricket Club, and she takes pictures of matches for the Standard.

“I enjoyed doing this and I think it was unusual for the judges to see sport so they seemed quite pleased.”

Her passion for photography was ignited at the age of seven when she was given a hand-me-down Box Brownie.

She said: “My father was a keen film photographer and processed his work, a skill that I did not really ever get the chance to fully develop.

It was when the digital revolution came along that I really got into it as I have access to computers.

“When I started spending hours by the side of a cricket pitch watching my son, the interest became much more demanding. I did not understand the sport but I loved photographing it.”

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