** Fellowship Award **

19th May 2014
I am delighted to say that I was awarded the Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation at Mullingar on Saturday 17th May 2014. This was my second attempt, the first attempt being 2 years ago with a completely different Panel. I abandoned the original panel, and decided to start afresh - coming back with a panel of 20 monochrome portraits that finally secured the coveted Fellowship Award that I had been working hard to achieve.
The panel of 20 "Timeless and Memorable Portraits" was awarded the Fellowship by a panel of highly qualified Judges including Anne Cassidy FRPS FIPF, Gabriel O'Shaughnessy FIPF FRPS MFIAP, Seamus Costello FIPF, Judy Boyle FIPF FRPS, Des Clinton FIPF FRPS, Michael O'Sullivan FIPF FRPS, and Paul Stanley FIPF.
There were 5 Fellowship applications on Saturday, and this was the only successful panel on the day! If at first you don't succeed, try and try again....!!

Statement of Intent:

Monochrome photography is undoubtedly an art form. By deliberately discarding the distraction of colour, attention is focused onto the visual building blocks of texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting. My intention has been to use all of these elements to create a panel of 20 memorable and timeless portraits. The challenge was to do so in such a way that the grittiness of the male portrait would sit comfortably with the beauty of the female face, and the female form.
In the absence of colour, the viewer’s attention is drawn to the eyes and the faces, the texture of clothing, the lines of the body, the light and the shadows.
I present 20 memorable and timeless portraits - each with a story to tell, a character or a beauty to portray. Monochrome photography will surely be enjoyed forever!

Ross McKelvey
May 2014


Large download of panel layout:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/m7xsb986e0lr0w5/FIPF%20FINAL%203.jpg