Irene Froy describes herself as a pictorial photographer, with a leaning towards landscape, but has an interest in all types of photography. She has lectured throughout the country but will have to restrict herself in future bookings as age catches up.
Irene prints exclusively on PermaJet art papers to obtain the fine art quality she desires in her pictures. She prefers subtle colours to define mood in her landscapes and loves misty conditions but occasionally finds a more colourful image. Irene finds that PermaJet ImageLife Pigment inks with the Eco Flow system on the Epson 3000 printer give her the effect she wants and her success in National and International Exhibitions proves that the combination of inks and papers works for Irene’s images. Irene has been supported by PermaJet in the supply of her papers and inks since 2000.
For many years she has concentrated on interpreting the landscape and villages of France, using delicate colour and soft images to convey the mood. Irene’s latest talk – It’s All About the Weather contains images from France, Scotland, Ireland and England all taken in 2015/16. It shows how to cope with whatever the weather brings and still produce award winning images. Irene’s husband, Gerry, is also her driver and age is now restricting their lecturing although they are happy to visit local clubs where someone can collect them or where a taxi is feasible. For the clubs she can no longer visit Irene is putting her lectures on to CDs – see the News Page for details.
Irene cannot imagine a life without photography – it is a passion which is as strong today as when she first started. There is a compulsion to take and show pictures and although she appreciates all types of photography, her main interest is in the landscape and in the quirky corners of villages, especially in France. She is definitely not a city girl! She is at her happiest in the countryside with her camera on her tripod. Irene started photography as a schoolgirl and later produced colour prints from transparencies in the darkroom, before switching to digital in 1998.
Irene runs Photoshop My Way workshops at Wrekin Arts PC in Wellington, Telford. See the News page for details of the next one.
She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in April 1994 in the Visual Arts – Pictorial category, with darkroom Colour Prints. But since resigning from the RPS in 2010 she is no longer able to use FRPS in her list of distinctions.
In March 1997 she was invited to membership of the London Salon of Pictorial Photography – a high recognition of the standard of her work. She gained EFIAP (Excellence de la Federation International d’Art Photographique) in 2000.She attained MPAGB (Master of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) in April 2007.
Irene was awarded the APAGB (Award of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain for Services to Photography) in 1985 and this was superceded in 2004 by the award of the J S Lancaster Medal (HonPAGB) for Exceptional Service to Photography.