3rd April 2013
“There is no real warfare between the artist & the documentary photographer. He has to be both”
With this phrase Dorothea Lange expresses all her fever and dedication to the art of photography. This delightful artwork attached that we are viewing at the moment is made by Michael J Duke, a photographer and enthusiast of Lahd Gallery’s openings. The ability of a photographer is to capture a particular emotion in a brief moment – this image, taken at Lahd Gallery’s vernissage “Suhair Sibai: Sweet Melancholy” on January the 10th, is a demonstration of this unique flair.
The Isle of Wight Photographic Society is an association that encourages members to be more creative. Like all clubs, the WPS has a number of regular season competitions and towards the end of the season have various categories for whichever theme. This year, J Duke decided to enter the image in the Isle Of Wight Photographic Society’s ‘Portrait Of The Year’ Competition. The WPS is a non-profit making organisation whose aim is to help photographers in improving their talents.
Established in 1945, the Society is the oldest photographic club on the Island and is a well respected member of the Southern Region Photographic Federation. Members over the years have won awards in the Southern Region Finals and acceptances in National and International Exhibitions. The majority of images are more classical in their interpretation of portrait, and the quality of the WPS images is exceptional and far from cliché. When the final results came through, this image gained THIRD PRIZE in the category! Well done Michael and Mystery girl with hat!