Rogiet photographer wins national recognition
12:35pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A 71-year-old Rogiet man who combined his passion for music and photography has won national recognition.
Mark Goodwin, who was born in Newport, has been awarded a distinction of Licentiateship for his photographs by the Royal Photographic Society.
Mr Goodwin moved to London when he became a professional musician in 1961. After playing the drums with a number of the popular beat boys of the day he was invited to join the King of Skiffle, the late Lonnie Donegan, MBE.
Mr Goodwin, who was the driving force behind the Lonnie Donegan Skiffle group, until 1973, travelled the world playing all the entertainment ‘hot spots’ including Las Vegas, in America, Australia and Bermuda.
Although a very successful musician Mark always had a camera with him and has taken simply thousands of photographs, it was his second passion after music.
He said: “ I had to work pretty hard to gain this distinction and it means a great deal to me, I feel it’s a sign of recognition for all the hard work and study over the years.”
“When I was a Pro Musician practice was part of my job, I would do it every day for at least 2 hours, but I had been doing this since I was 12 years old and didn’t know anything else. Learning photographic techniques including wet-darkroom and now digital has been both enjoyable and taxing.”
The Royal Society’s distinctions are internationally respected and sought-after by professional and amateur photographers. Over 1000 applications for Licentiateship, Associateship, and Fellowship are received each year and around 600 being successful. The Society is an educational charity with a Royal Charter and was founded in 1853 to promote the Art and Science of photography.