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6 Creative Contemporaries

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RPS: Royal Photographic Society

LRPS: Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society 

ARPS: Associate of the Royal Photographic Society 

Melanie studied Visual Communication at Bath Academy of Art, majoring in photography and typography. This was followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her interest in photography was renewed when she retired and was given her first digital camera. Since then she has become an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, exhibited locally and has had her work selected for the South West Academy Open Exhibition. She particularly enjoys finding images in the unexpected, for example discovering a found landscape in peeling paint on the side of an old boat. She has recently taken up painting and drawing again and is enjoying exploring mediums and rediscovering techniques.

Di embraces all types of creative photography. She draws her inspiration from land and seascapes here and abroad and the diverse cultures discovered on her travels. Living in Devon she has developed a particular affinity with sea and coast. She has developed a special interest in Visual Art, sometimes using Photoshop to produce an abstract view. Gaining an LRPS and joining Exeter Camera Club has increased her enthusiasm for new approaches to photography. In the near future she will be renewing her interest in ceramics.

Jenny Her love and appreciation of photography and visual art started at seven years of age. By her teens she worked alongside her father in his darkroom developing and printing her own black and white photographs. Since joining Exeter Camera Club this passion has continued and she has achieved her LRPS. She has also completed many craft courses and workshops recently finding her niche in producing unique polymer clay jewellery.

Sure joined Exeter Camera Club on her retirement and acquired her first digital camera and photography tuition from a close friend. She has a particular interest in Visual art and nature photography, particularly enjoying creating an artistic impression of a natural subject. She has exhibited many of her images locally over the past 12 years. She has also more recently become a silversmith, creating a range of unique jewellery using new and recycled antique silver as a raw material. She often uses items from nature as an inspiration and to provide a texture on her creations.

Jane is part of this group of friends who meet regularly to enjoy making crafts. She knits and makes necklaces using polymer clay and Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braid making. Her main interest is photography and microscopy and her favourite genre is visual art. She achieved an ARPS distinction from the Royal Photographic Society and is a member of Exeter Camera Club.

Di has been a keen photographer for about 15 years, since joining Exeter Camera Club, where she is past President. She is also a member of the Royal Photographic Society, having achieved both her LRPS and ARPS. She serves on the South West Committee and has recently taken over the Visual Arts group for the SW. She has been invited to numerous Camera Clubs as a guest speaker and had had articles in the RPS Visual Art magazine, Digital Camera and Amateur Photographer. She has a passion for floral, still life and latterly dance photography. Over the last couple of years she has been a member of a group who have concentrated on dance and movement. This has been an honour and a delight, not least because of the lovely people they have met. She is working towards her Fellowship of the RPS. Any spare time is spent on other crafts such as beading.