The last panel I put together was for my LIPF in 2009. When I’m taking/making an image I seldom think about whether or not it would work well in a future distinction panel or competition panel. My ‘L’ was a mix from assorted work to date with no specific intent on actually creating a panel. I guess you can do that for your L.
Since then I’ve often thought I should try and pursue an AIPF. My work since 2009 was a mix of Landscapes, Seascapes, and some Model and Studio work. I never seem to produce enough images in a coherent ‘style’ which would lead me to try and assemble an attempt at a 15 image A panel.
After taking a 2 year self imposed break from photography club and competitions to get some other life goals sorted, I’ve renewed my obsession with photography. Initially I thought I’d completely lost all techniques and discipline. My landscape work was uninspiring, I seem to have lost my patience waiting for the light.
I also felt that to pursue a panel of work of 15 images was not going to be achieved very fast with the rate I’d produced landscape images in the past. Instead I thought revamping my home studio shed and shooting models may be a more productive way to produce a panel.
So far I’m very positive about the prospects, but still have a long way to go. From one afternoon with Elle Beth I produced more good images than I expected. I produced more bad images than I expected also:-) for various technical reasons, nothing to do with Elle Beth! Maybe an AIPF should be in my 2015 goals…