>The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition


The Royal Photographic Society – 153rd International Print Exhibition
July 2010 – April 2011

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Motutapu I

Still Life 1

We are pleased to announce the inclusion of Alan & Gretchen in this years The Royal Photographic Society’s153rd International Print Exhibition 2010. With the selection of 2 prints into the exhibition of 123 images which attracted over 3000 entries.

Alan & Gretchen made the move to London in late 2009 to continue their explorations of the world through photography in Europe. They have been working in collaboration for some years through Asia Pacific and spent 12 months working and living it up in New York prior to their arrival in London.

Forging a unique aesthetic through their individual styles. It is in the small details that they experience the world. Within their practice they often toy with notions of authorship. The common denominator here is their shared zodiac of Gemini. It is no surprise that duality is at the core of their practise and at times a sense of more personalities.

They are excited to be included in such a highly held and long-standing award that shall be exhibited in London and throughout the United Kingdom this year through to early April 2011. Still Life 1 and Motutapu I will be on exhibition and are available for sale through the Royal Photographic Society.

With a long history of over 150years, The Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition is the longest standing exhibition of its kind in the world. With a strong reputation for the annually held exhibition showcasing a broad scope of contemporary photography spanning genres and styles, including cutting edge work alongside the exhibition of some more traditional printed work. Ensuring its continued uniqueness within the photographic world.

The selectors for the 2010 exhibition were:
John Chamberlin FRPS Chairman of Selectors, Visual Art & Wildlife Photographer
Judy Boyle FRPS Creative & Visual Art Photographer
Joe Cornish honFRPS Landscape Photographer
Edmund Clark Documentary and Fine Art Photographer
David Wheeler FRPS Visual Art Photographer

Still Life 1 from a series of five prints, printed at 1:1 observes the delicate balance of a dried peace lily (Spathiphyllum) hung by a noose on a black nylon cord. The lily’s wrinkled and textured skin no longer resembles the fresh (flesh) green and red of its former self. Yet the colour palette and texture are intriguing, playful and very much beautiful. The title is somewhat playful, poetic ambiguity, Life and Death, Peace and War, the dualism of our existence.

Motutapu I, a depiction of a large mass of land offers security in knowing the central force, which controls it and keeps our lives grounded.

Drawn by its beauty and power with a sharp eye it is we inspect it. Gracing a natural sense of order through the tensions of its intimate folds, twists and wrinkles.

There is silence in a picture and the bordering offers us stillness through the seemingly settled mist. Obscuring the truth of the scale of this land.

Motutapu is formed by the joining of 2 words, Motu and Tapu. This new word could be interpreted to have several intended meanings. Entries in the online Moari dictionary http://www.maoridictionary.co.nz define these words to mean:


1. (verb) (-kia) to be severed, cut, cut off, set free. Ka kite iho au kua motu te kiko o te tupehau o taku waewae (HP wh21).I saw that the flesh of the calf of my leg had been cut.
2. (stative) be cut, severed. I runga i tō rāua nonoketanga ko te kaikōhuru ka motu tōna ringa i te heu, ka ngaua tōna ringa (Pipi 5/1904 wh3).In their struggle the murderer cut his arm with the razor and bit his arm.
3. (noun) island, country, land, clump of trees, ship – anything separated or isolated. Ko ētahi wāhi atu o te motu nei ka nui te mate i te waipuke, i te tūpuhi (TWM 5/3/1868 wh3).Some other parts of this island have major problems with floods and storms.
4. (stative) escaped.


1. (stative) be sacred, prohibited, restricted, set apart, forbidden, under atua protection. See also whakanoa, ariki, rangatira.
2. (noun) restriction – a supernatural condition. A person, place or thing is dedicated to an atua and is thus removed from the sphere of the profane and put into the sphere of the sacred. It is untouchable, no longer to be put to common use. Tapu was used as a way to control how people behaved towards each other and the environment, placing restrictions upon society to ensure that society flourished.

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