Eleanor Coate has gained her ARPS and as a result of her success, Eleanor’s prints were retained by the Royal Photographic Society for future reference to be used as an example of a successful panel for obtaining this distinction.
It’s now our pleasure and pride to announce a first for the club, Eleanor has also gained a Gold Medal in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Portfolio Photography Competition.
In order to achieve this medal from the RHS, Eleanor submitted six botanical prints titled ‘Where Art Meets Science’ and Eleanor says, “My portfolio is inspired by the artists of the golden age of botanical painting. The RHS Lindley Library supported my research, providing the opportunity to see original works and first prints. My objective is to capture in a 21st-century medium the essence and purpose of this genre. Digital techniques including focus stacking and image blending have been used to provide the required level of detail and accuracy. All images were taken in my home.”
Her prints were judged behind closed doors and Eleanor did not get the results until the following day when she went to see her prints for the outcome and found the Gold Medal certificate displayed with them. These photographs were produced to be similar to hand painted botanical prints, and depict the detailed stages of growth of the flowers which were portrayed in the original paintings.
Eleanor has an eye for detail and each photograph is superbly intricate and a fascinating, inspiring, clear account of each specimen, which leaves a lasting impression of her skill, as shown here.