The audience for the last Assessments was now down to a handful of participants. The first panel after lunch was reviewed and past the assessment in double quick time – probably less than seven minutes. Then my panel was put up on the wall.
I watched as the judges and the chair all went to look at the prints closely. Every image was taken down by one or more of the judges. The silhouette of the pilots along with the silver diver(#5) received a lot of attention. Then it was the turn of the eagle (#4) and the otter (#2).
After the first vote the judges began to speak and I must say my stomach was well and truly turning over by now. I frantically noted as much of what was said just in case I had to re-submit and frankly I didn’t trust myself to remember what was said.
From my notes, the first judge noted the blue colours of the corners and that this worked OK, the colour of my mounts was not liked at all, it worked for the silhouette (#3) but not for the other prints. In summary the judge said there is a good range of subjects and each has something artistic going for it [this being the first judge’s comments my hopes were raised!]
Then another judge commented that he liked the images but he did not like the silhouette (#3) and did not like the diver (#5) ‘looking out’ of the panel, so wanted to hear from the others [now my stomach was churning!]
The next judge said the ship on the diver’s image was a ‘stop’ – so was OK on the panel, he like the creative images in the panel, liked several of the images [including pointing at the dancing lily]; he didn’t have a problem with the silhouette, it was was creative and he liked the tone of the canopy and of the sky [wow!]
After the last judge had stood up and commented on the diver and the silhouette I thought that maybe I’d be OK. Then the second vote was taken and indeed the panel was being recommended for LRPS.
I now have to wait for the recommendation to be ratified.
After my prints were taken down down I followed into the side office and asked if I could have my prints and leave early and hopefully miss the traffic. The RPS did a much better job of packing my prints!
On the way back to Edward Road I had a look at this mural further down on on the walls of the alley.
The drive back through Bristol was clear of traffic and I was soon back on the motorways and heading home.