The last invited speaker of the current season is Irene Froy who will be giving a talk at York Photographic Society on the 15th April entitled, "A Passion for Pastels". Irene will show images from England, Ireland and France most given the pastel treatment.
Irene describes herself as a pictorial photographer, with a leaning towards landscape, but has an interest in all types of photography. For many years she has concentrated on interpreting the landscape and villages of France, using delicate colour and soft images to convey the mood. Her 2014 lecture, A Passion for Pastels features delicate images from her travels in Ireland and England as well as her latest holiday in France. This is not a travelogue but features her distinctive style and it just happens that most images are taken on holidays!
Irene cannot imagine a life without photography - it is a passion which is as strong today as when she first started. There is a compulsion to take and show pictures and although she appreciates all types of photography, her main interest is in landscape. She is at her happiest in the countryside with her camera on her tripod. Irene started photography as a schoolgirl and later produced colour prints from transparencies in the darkroom, but is now totally digital.
She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in April 1994 in the Visual Arts - Pictorial category, with darkroom Colour Prints. Since resigning from the RPS in 2010 she is no longer able to use FRPS in her list of distinctions.
In March 1997 she was invited to membership of the London Salon of Photography. She gained EFIAP (Excellence de la Federation International d'Art Photographique) in 2000. She attained MPAGB in April 2007.
Irene was awarded the APAGB (Award of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain for Services to Photography) in 1985 and this was superceded in 2004 by the award of the J S Lancaster Medal (HonPAGB) for Exceptional Service to Photography.
Irene has been supported by Permajet since 2000 and prints exclusively on PermaJet art papers to obtain the fine art quality she desires in her pictures. She prefers subtle colours to define mood in her landscapes and loves misty conditions but occasionally finds a more colourful image.
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