Starting form a blank canvas - Polina Plotnikova

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Location:  Online Zoom Meeting.

When:  Wednesday  March 03, 2021 from 6:30PM - 8:30PM


Starting form a blank canvas

My presentation titled “Starting form a blank canvas” and features images on two of my favorite photographic subjects – Creative Flower Portraiture and Still Life. Both themes are illustrated with images from my studio work.

The talk consists of two parts. 
- the "Flower portraits" part of the evening is about my approach to flower photography which is somewhat similar to portrait photography: for every flower and plant that I photograph, I always try to find a unique look, study its mood and character, unlock its hidden beauty. In doing so, I neither aim at creating an accurate natural/botanical image, nor try to picture a flower in its natural habitat. What matters is my creative interpretation of a flower image.
- in the "Still Life" part of the evening I talk about composition, light, textures and colors that I use when creating my still life setups. My approach - for better or worse - is to start by creating an image in my mind's eye and proceed to taking photographs only after all details have been thought through. There will be a few schematic illustrations to show my studio hardware and to demonstrate various stages of putting together a still life setup.

About Polina Plotnikova

I am a Russian-born UK-based photographer. I studied at Moscow State University and in the Christies Education in London/Modern Art studies. 

I worked with photography all my life in the museums, galleries and image libraries. 
These days I am teaching Creative Flowers photography and often visit photography clubs around South East with photography talks. I am also a member of Arena Photographers group.

I have an FRPS and an EFIAP photography distinctions and a number of photographic awards, including eight Gold and Silver Gilt medals at the RHS photography competitions, category winner of Food Photographer of The Year competition, various distinctions at each of the International Garden Photographer of The Year competitions, and multiple medals and distinctions awarded by various Photography Salons. I am proud to be a member of the Arena Photographers group.

They say that a photographer is either a picture taker, or a picture maker. I am firmly in the picture makers' club. While fully appreciating the "what you see is what you get" approach, I am much more interested in chasing an ever-elusive image that appears in my mind's eye, an image that conveys my feelings and emotions, rather than remains a mere statement of fact. My favorite photography subjects are: flowers, still life, and also capturing my impressions when travelling.


Admission is $25 at the door.  Free for 101 photo club members.
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