Welcome to the Website of John Margetts ARPS

No! that's not me in the picture above.

But here's a little bit about me


My interest in photography started at school when an enlightened teacher asked us boys if anyone was interested in learning how photography worked. Not quite knowing what I was getting into but I said yes. Seeing an image being devolped in the darkroom was like some sort of magical experience for me and from that moment on I was hooked. That was a feeling of part excitment and part magic that has stayed with me over the years


I eventually went on to study photography at what is now West London University. Having passed my professional examinations for the Institute of British Photographers I went on to become a full time professional photographer. However, I started work as an assistant photographer for a number of photographers in London.  During this period I gained a wide range of experiences covering many genres of photography and this enabled me to set up and run my own very successful photographic studio in West Drayton.


Over the years, from my darkroom day using film through to modern digital techniques, I have tackled a wide variety of types and styles of photography including industrial, commercial, event photography, portraiture and weddings. However, photographing people and studio portraiture were always my favourite subject and it is this that inspires and motivates me the most and the one from which I gain a great amount of pleasure.


So, now although semi retired I have decided to use my many years experience together with the knowledge and skills as a professional photographer and build a new home studio in Chatteris doing what I love best Portrait Photography.

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As a continuation of the story about me I am a member of The Royal Photogrphic Society (RPS) and when I first joined the RPS I decided that I wanted to work towards gaining one of their distinctions.

The first one of which is their distinction is the Licentiateship, so decided to look at their requirements and guidance which I found on their website these I found very helpful.

I then started looking at my own skills and techniques to ensure that I was able to produce the standard required.

Having done this I started taking a lot more photographs than I would normally to ensure that I was able to select and submit my panel of 10 images to the RPS for assessment. As a result of all my efforts I was very pleased to find out that it was a successful submission and I was granted my Liceniateship Distinction (LRPS).


Having achieved that first level that really did encourage me to progress towards the next level of Distiction the Associateship, and it was then that I found out that London Underground were celebrating their 50th anniversary, so I started my own photographic project which was intended to be my version of celebrating that event.

As a result I spent many hours using the Underground and photographing the people who use it every day, this for me this was a very rewarding experience, being able to photograph so many people in so many different locations, all with no issues or problems. I travelled on every tube line some from end to end, sometimes on crowded trains and other times when they were almost empty. However, from the many images taken I was able to select the 15 required by the RPS to form a panel, my selected images were then submitted to the RPS for examination and judgement. This was followed by a very long and anxious wait but in the end I was extremely thrilled to have my submission accepted and I now hold their Associateship Distinction (ARPS)


Over the years I was involved in doing some voluntary work for the RPS and following this I was very surprisingly nominated to receive a very special award; The Annual Members Award, which goes with Honorary Life Membership of The Royal Photographic Society. This is most definitely and without any doubt the highlight of my photographic career and and I was extremely honoured to have been nominated. The award was presented to me by Vanessa Slawson FRPS on 28th September 2019 at their headquarters in Bristol.


                                            My Award Presentation

To vist my page on the RPS Website please click on the image below.

These are a few of my favourite links to some very informative web sites providing a wealth of photographic information.

This is followed by three of my personal favourite photographers whose work I respect and admire, they are;

Joel Meyerowitz, Simon Roberts & Martin Parr.

A very useful learning Link
A very good teacher with many excellent ideas.
He just sees us as we are! Brilliant stuff
Great British Observational Photographer
Great American street photographer




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