Welcome to the Website of John Margetts ARPS

For me photography is all about my awareness of the world that surrounds me and being able to record some of the many wonderful sights and scenes that I see including all the cities, towns, villages and the countryside that I visit. However, for me it is always the people I enjoy photographing the most, from their cultural and religious differences to their dress and ways of life. They all go together to create a rich, colourful and vibrant tapestry from which I draw both inspiration and great pleasure.

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 feeling of part excitment and part magic has stayed with me over the years and even today my enthusiasm for photography is still as stiong as ever.

 

I eventually went on to study photography at St Mary’s College of Art (now West London University). Having passed my professional examinations at college 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.

 

I found that being able to observe and photograph so many people helped me to realise what a wonderful, colourful and diverse world we live in an often it does feel like I am, with my camera, trying to 'Capture the Rainbow' hence the reason for the name of my web site. It naturally followed on that studio portraiture was my favourite subject and it the type of photography that inspires and motivates me and the one from which I gain a great amount of pleasure.

 

So, bring this stiry up to date and building on my many years experience as a professional photographer, together with the knowledge and skills I have acquired, I now have my new home studio in Chatteris, this is a small Fenland market town in Cambridgeshire.

I am now able to provide you with the very best in Family Portrait Photography, Head Shot Photography and Model Portfolio Photography.

 

This is the place to come when only the best will do. 

I am an Honorary Life Member of The Royal Photographic Society (RPS).

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 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 would normally do however, those these I was able to select and submit my panel of 10 images to the RPS for assessment. The result of all my efforts turned out to be a successful submission and I was granted my Liceniateship didstinction (LRPS).

 

Having achieved that first level really did encourage me to progress 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 and way 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 volunteer 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.

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

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Then there is a link to Cambridge in Colour a very informative web site 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
Great American street photographer
Great British Observational Photographer
He just sees us as we are! Brilliant stuff

 

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Thank you for visiting my site; I would welcome your comments and observations. 
To find out more about me or my photography just click on the contact page below.

 

Please note: This site is currently under development by John please check with him for future developments.

 

All being well the site will be completed during the course of 2020.

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