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This Project started when Tony Hutchings read an article about aircraft recycling in the UK. Having a life-long interest in all things related to aviation he decided to try to get permission to photograph aircraft at various stages of deconstruction. Unlike in the Mohave Desert where literally thousands of aircraft wait for years under the glare of the sun, aircraft arriving at Cotswolds Airport do not stay in one piece for long. A Boeing 747 will arrive and immediately the avionics, engines and any other high demand parts are removed, assessed and boxed for shipping. The speed at which a plane is deconstructed leads to a real sense of a moment in time and within four weeks there is nothing remaining of the plane, the final part of the process is to tear up the hull and to transport the alloys to be turned into things like fridges and drinks cans. It is amazing what happens to the some of the more mundane features like doors and windows.Some parts of the aircraft are transformed into sculptures or modern furniture. Other parts like first class sleeper seats become spare beds in loft apartments
There seemed to be only four or five aircraft being deconstructed at any one time and interestingly 99% of the latest generation airliner is recyclable.
This limited edition folio of 16 images was shot to record the memorabilia of Reggie and Ronnie Kray. The Kray twins were English gangsters who were foremost perpetrators of organized crime in London’s East End during the 1950s and '60s. They were arrested on 9 May 1968 and convicted in 1969 by the efforts of a squad of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Leonard "Nipper" Read, and were both sentenced to Life imprisonment.
The shots are of memorabilia, from the private collection of Andy Jones, of the Littledean Jail, and shows objects from their life of crime and their time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. The low level of weaponry is extraordinary by today’s standards. Reggie’s bayonet, knife and his artist’s paint set. Ronnie’s cigarette case, comb, draught set, sawn off shotgun, pen and his infamous glasses. Also in a letter from their mother to a friend discussing her sons, she mentions that they ‘are the most understanding and kindest of people one could meet they have never hurt anyone..’
Pete is an established photographer based in the Midlands whilst working nationwide.
His work is both powerful and thoughtfully executed and is in demand for projects on blue chip accounts, both in studio and on location, working in the creative and marketing industries.
The Nottingham Rugby player portraits are one of Pete’s latest projects.
Pete wanted to capture the authenticity of todays game, to get this the players were photographed directly on coming off the pitch after competitive matches, and we believe it shows. All these images were shot leading up to and during the push for promotion season.
Liquid Illusions explores how different mediums of liquid, air, oil, pigment and solids can interact to form abstract shapes when disturbed or energised into contact with each other and frozen by high speed electronic flash.
A fascination with uncertainty and the challenges presented by capturing moving liquids prompted Massey to produce this series of 12 "inkblot images". Abstract images created from undirectable fluids push the boundaries to replace some of the excitement and sense of anticipation that the instant gratification of digital photography has deprived us of. The images were shot in large plate glass tanks: Lighting and liquid rigs, although complicated were distinctly "Heath Robinson" in structure.
Digital photography has deprived us of much of the anticipation, excitement and requirement of technical skills to create images. As with creativity itself; we must create and give it away in order to advance.
Massey builds complicated technical stages to a point where he must surrender and let the spontaneity and beauty of nature take over. Creating a stage where beauty can happen is as important as controlling it.View More
Jon Wyand is a wine photographer who travels widely but has spent over fifteen years specialising in the region of Burgundy.
For the last fifteen months he has been working every month around the Hill of Corton, an important Grand Cru vineyard site for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Côte d’Or region of Burgundy in order to record the life and work of the area through four seasons with the intention of publishing a book.
Having enlisted 2000 subscriptions from local wine producers, the 240 page book “Une Année en Corton” will be published on Nov 5 by Editions Glénat of Grenoble who will publish a French language edition of 5000 in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Hopefully a UK, US or Japanese will pick it it up.
This exhibition is a collection of some of the pictures that got in and some that didn’t….View More
Fields of Battle-Lands of Peace 14-18 is the result of a collaboration with the late Prof Richard Holmes and documents the battlefields of the First World War as they are today.
Sheil worked on the project for eight years, and estimates that over that time he spent 450 days photographing World War I battlefields from places as diverse as eastern Africa, Poland, Israel and Turkey. "The only major theatre of the war I didn't cover was Iraq," Sheil said. He's now a qualified battlefield guide, leading tours of sites along the Western Front from Belgium to Switzerland.
Sheil's aim was to show how even now, a century after the start of the war, the scarred landscapes in Flanders, on the Somme and Marne rivers, in the Vosges mountains and elsewhere can still reveal to the careful observer the stories of the millions of men who fought and died.
"There are still traces," Sheil said. "I don't think you'll ever eradicate them."View More
Natural is the theme for this summers AOP Members group exhibition. Over 100 images were submitted for consideration and after a lot of discussion 45 selected images make up the exhibition. So make yourself a cup of tea or grab a beer and take a look through the stunning images depicting all that is Natural. Expect to see anticipated subject matters covered such as beautiful flora and fauna, landscapes, still life, animals etc but as you journey on through there will be a few surprises we hope where you might wish to click past quickly or indeed marvel at the genius abstracts that demonstrate natural in all its beauty.
Natural is the 25th exhibition to be showcased on the AOP online platform since we began showcasing solo and curated group shows for its members back in 2012.
Below is a list of all exhibiting members:
Julien Brightwell, Adrian Burke, Wendy Carrig, Richard Freestone, Claudia Gannon, Oliver Haupt, Sarah Hogan, Tony Hutchings, Andrea Jones, Simon R Leach, Kevin Mallett, Noel McLaughlin, Klaus Mellenthin, Fenella Mett, Tim Platt, Sam Robinson, Carol Sharp, Peter Thompson, Susanne Wegner, McCoy Wynne
Coral Fan © Wendy CarrigView More
During the Stratford Upon Avon Arts Festival Gullachsen set up a pop-up studio in the towns square utilising a screen displaying the results as he shot his personal project.
Bards Town Portraits is inspired by the characters observed walking around Gullachsens' home town of Stratford Upon Avon. Gullachsen was drawn towards faces that Shakespeare would have recognised and maybe used as the model for characters in his plays. Photographing the artists, production crew, civil dignitaries and by inviting members of the public who engaged with the festival, over 100 portraits form the collection of which this exhibition represents a selection.
The subjects were all required to wear velvet cloaks that obscured fashion and hopefully produced images that have a timeless quality, although lit with a cinematic and theatrical approach .
www.gullachsenlife.com see more from the project.
www.gullachsen.com commercial work.View More
Bambridge captures the effects of the economic downturn within the City of Detroit with a selection of somber and compelling images. Over half of the population have left the city abandoning their homes which now stand empty and abandoned. Mass job losses, due to a decline in car production, has had a catastrophic effect all over the city and state of Michigan. In contrast the busy downtown business area hasn't been effected, making Detroit still a great city to enjoy with an amazing history.View More
Triangulation project by McCoy Wynne visits all 314 primary triangulation points that were built and measured between 1936 and 1962 by the Ordnance Survey for the 'Retriangulation of Great Britain'. The work provides a comprehensive survey of the British landscape and deals with issues of mapping, representations of the landscape, the layering of history, land use, ownership and boundaries.
Please read more on the project below.View More
This series of portraits are of individuals who have migrated to England by sea. Each person was photographed at the approaches to their port of arrival. Cant uses the sea and tides as a metaphor to consider migration's inherent divisions of time, space and self.View More
The AOP Open Awards is the competition open to absolutely everyone. For everyone who is passionate about photography, the Open Awards provides the perfect opportunity to gain recognition for their work. There are no categories or themes in the competition - its aim is simply to showcase outstanding individual images.View More
The AOP Photographers Awards is still seen as the competition to enter despite the large variety of other professional photography competitions. Celebrating exceptional work by the industry’s elite, judged by the industry, this competition is only open to Full Photographer Members of the AOP. Regarded as the original awards for professional Photographers, selection and entry into the book, and accompanying exhibition, is considered one of the highest accolades available to Photographers today. Successful entries can use this award as a stamp of professional quality and industry recognitionView More
A journey along the former inner German border. On the way I portrayed people and landscapes in search of different definitions of freedomView More
Prompted by the discovery of a 5-pack of unexposed (but out-of-date) 35mm Provia 100F, AOP member, Sean Johnson, decided to contact other AOP members to see if anyone was interested in using the film as part of a collaborative project and as a bit of fun.
'Unseen World' is the result of those photographers' endeavours with their single roll of 35mm film, their imagination and the memory of how to expose and process transparency film. The photographs are about looking sideways, inside, up and out...away from the usual perspective and throwing a little focus on things often missed.View More
Phil James was commissioned to travel to Uttar Pradesh in India to shoot a documentary for Project Mala, a charity action programme for the elimination of child labour from the hand knotted carpet industry.
He was inspired by the family life he witnessed, which was so different to his own upbringing and that of his role as a father in the 21st century.View More
Brooklands was the worlds first ever purpose built motor racing track, and the scene of the first British Grand Prix. During it’s time many land speed records were broken there,and Brooklands became a major centre for automotive technology and development.
The Spirit of Brooklands is a project undertaken by photographer Douglas Kurn, to document the remains of the circuit, and areas where the track has been removed but there has been an acknowledgment of its existence.
Chris Harrison was born and bought up in Jarrow, in the South Bank of the river Tyne. This exhibition explores Harrison's empathy with his home town.View More
For this Hungarian Arts Foundation (NKA) supported project, Terri Potoczna advertised for Roma volunteers to choose a person from a selection of famous paintings whose appearance they would like to "try on". She went all over Hungary to meet them and recorded the discussion about their choices as well as their comments about Roma identity.View More
To celebrate the forthcoming festive season AOP Members have submitted their work to Elements, our second online group exhibition. Curator Rachel Rogers comments; "From a great selection of images we've chosen work by 26 different members which form an exhibition covering the elements from ALL seasons."
For further information on print sales please click on the info icon above each image in the top left hand corner.View More
Photographs as complice to the defence of nature.View More
A thick haze on a foggy night. It’s like all the lights are fighting it, fighting to get through. But nothing can, no stars or moon in or street lamps out. Tonight the darkness comes alive, it is tangible. And the darkness is not black, not tonight nor has it ever been.View More
The Super Wide City project captures the spectacular view of a city in motion, both creating and preserving a historically relevant portrait of a city during a time of accelerated change.View More
Never before has the same city hosted the Olympics three times. London is the first. A city with one of the richest histories in the world once again unites 216 nations to compete in the most celebrated athletic competition.View More
This is a selection from Glyn's fourth photography book, Welsh Light, which was published in August 2012. The new book contains 120 full plate images in this 264 page publication.View More
SEE33 was an exhibition of Jonathan’s portrait work, which first took place during the summer of 2011 in Manchester.View More
This exhibition contains my most recent ongoing work on British black and white landscapes. This style of work was highly influenced by Bill Rowlinson, the master of black and white printing, who helped me progress from my early beginnings in fashion photography through to specialising in black and white people and landscapes.View More
This ongoing projects intention is to examine how clothes and posture serve a communication function by decoding the messages in the wardrobe of one subculture – outdoor enthusiasts.View More
Homelandscape is the first collaborative project by two Finnish-Japanese artists, Elina Moriya and Miika Osamitsu. The exhibitions consist of Elina’s photography and Miika’s essay and sound installation. The exhibition is a part of a larger series that the artists are working on at the moment.View More
The AOP Members Online Gallery opens with an exhibition of award-winning fine art and advertising imagery from member Peter Dazeley.View More