Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) panel requires a body of work containing 15 images of a high standard and technical ability together with a written Statement of Intent, defining the purpose, aims and objectives of the work. The body of the work must depict and communicate the objectives of the written Statement.

After months of deliberation of changing and swapping of photographs, I finally decided on my ARPS panel submission. Then followed an anxious and tense assessment day at the Royal Photographic Society House (RPS), Bristol on 23rd October 2019, where the photographs in my panel were closely scrutinised by four judges.

Fortunately I am pleased to say, with feelings of relief, joy and a little emotion, that I was successful.

It was also a bonus at the end of the assessment day, to be asked by the RPS, if they could keep my panel to be used at their workshops and advisory days as an example of a successful ARPS panel.

Statement of intent:-

When I was younger I enjoyed participating in a variety of extreme sports. Now a little older, I prefer to capture these sporting moments of windsurfing and surfing within my photography.

I particularly enjoy capturing water sports in stormy, inclement weather conditions, revealing the raw power of the sea, with a little subtle lighting. These sports are about enjoying the challenging conditions presented by the sea, with windsurfers and surfers enjoying the very strong wind and waves to enhance their action and performance.

In this panel I have sought to capture the atmosphere of rough stormy sea conditions and to freeze the action in both disciplines. I have tried to highlight the variety of skills, concentration and determination displayed by the windsurfers and surfers, along with the stark, stormy weather conditions and remoteness. To achieve this I have mainly used colour images along with a selection of monochrome surfing images.

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