With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas
And a Prosperous New Year
From All the Staff at Nikon Owner Magazine
With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas
|The Grays of Westminster Coat of Arms: “Lead in Order to Serve”|
Distinguished guests at the dinner included Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs, who gave the introduction, Mike Maloney OBE, Britain’s most decorated press photographer, representatives from Nikon Japan, Nikon UK and Nikon Germany, as well as journalists from the national and photographic press. Also joining the celebration were a number of Grays of Westminster’s clients, several of whom had travelled from Australia and Dubai to be part of the celebration.
|Grays of Westminster founder, Gray Levett|
For any person or organisation to have a legal right to a Coat of Arms, it has to be granted to them by England’s Earl Marshal, the 18th Duke of Norfolk, through the Herald at the College of Arms in London. Heralds are appointed by The Queen and are delegated to act on her behalf in all concerns of heraldry and the granting of new Coats of Arms. To be the recipient of this honour, the criteria that is taken into account before a Coat of Arms is granted might include awards or honours from the Crown, public and charitable services or eminence and good standing in national or local life.
The College of Arms worked closely with Gray Levett throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was personal to Grays of Westminster and one which would visually identify their role in the photographic industry. It is painted on vellum using ink and 22-carat gold paint decorated by a herald painter, with the text written by a scrivener, the whole process taking a year to create. The College of Arms maintains an ancient English tradition of manuscript writing and illumination which can be traced back to early monastic scriptoria.
Heraldic Description of the Grays of Westminster Coat of Arms
The symbolism within the image depicts a Lion (Gray Levett) amicably communing with the bird of Japan, the green pheasant. The mural crown around the lion’s neck stands for responsibility to the public. Its right paw is resting on a camera lens. The cornucopia representing flourishing growth is replenished with flowers that represent various facets of Grays of Westminster and Japan. The tip of the horn has been modelled into an emblematic portcullis for Westminster. The rays of light emanating behind the flowers symbolise the derivation of the word photography, which means photo = light + graphy = writing. The rationale of the badge is an occidental phoenix with two heads for looking both east and west. It bears the motto:
Lead in Order to Serve (Praesis ut Prosis)
On receiving the Coat of Arms, Gray Levett said:
“I am deeply honoured to receive this singular recognition for Grays of Westminster at the Institute of Directors tonight in the presence of so many key figures of our profession. To be acknowledged by Her Majesty’s College of Arms is something very, very special, and the Coat of Arms will serve as an enduring inspiration for me to continue to offer the very best in service to our Nikon customers.”
About Grays of Westminster
Grays of Westminster, located in central London, a short distance from the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Knightsbridge, was founded almost thirty years ago by Gray Levett with the idea of creating a world-class camera store, which would offer a service that was second to none. Grays of Westminster is to many photographers not just a camera-shop but an institution, one that has attracted customers from all over the world and from all walks of life. It evolved from a modest mail order company in the mid-1980s to its present, highly-respected position in the photographic industry with over 47,000 customers world-wide, that have included the legendary film-director, Stanley Kubrick, David Suchet, best-known in his role as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous sleuth, Lord Snowdon, world-famous National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg, Rod Stewart, and the late 1960s’ icon Terence Donovan.
Grays of Westminster now join the ranks of distinguished shops such as Burberry and Harrods which have also been granted a Coat of Arms.
For more information, please contact:
Gray Levett FIoD
Grays of Westminster
40 Churton Street
+44 (0)20 7828 4925
Enjoy a superb Christmas dinner in the magnificent Regency restaurant at the Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall, London, followed by a unique opportunity to listen to Richard Young, one of the most remarkable social documentary photographers of our time, as he presents his extraordinary images from a monumental career spanning forty years.
Richard’s body of work contains a wealth of iconic images from a distinguished range of famous subjects, from Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior to Tom Cruise, Princess Diana and Jackie Onassis. Over the years, he has covered the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscars in Los Angeles, as well as visiting orphanages in Romania with Michael Jackson and accompanying United States troops to Iraq.
In 2012, Richard was presented with the Ischia Art Award at the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival in Italy, and in the same year was featured as the subject of a four-part Sky Arts Documentary: Celebrity Exposed: The Photography of Richard Young. In 2013, he was awarded Le Prix Champagne de la Joie de Vivre, and later in the year, an Honorary Fellowship and the title Honorary Doctor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Field of Photography from The University of The Arts London.
The IoD is a grand Grade I listed Regency building and its sweeping marble staircase and vast walls covered in 18th and 19th century canvases provides a spectacular backdrop for the evening; the period restaurant at the IoD is a most fitting venue for this elegant, traditional Christmas celebration.
Venue: Institute of Directors (IoD), 116 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ED
Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014
Champagne Reception: 6.30 p.m. Introduction and Welcome
Dinner: 7.15 p.m.
Traditional Christmas Dinner or a Vegetarian Option
Richard Young’s Presentation in the morning room: 9.15 p.m.
Cost of the evening: £155 per ticket, £95 for current Nikon Owner subscribers*
HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKET(S) FOR THE CHRISTMAS EVENT:
To book a place at the Christmas event, please email, Gillian Greenwood, on email@example.com with your full name, Nikon Owner user-name / subscription number if available, postal address & postcode, daytime mobile and landline, your menu choice (traditional or vegetarian) and the name of any guest or guests you would like to bring with you.
Please note: We are unfortunately unable to take telephone messages with regard to your booking. As there are limited places available, may we also ask you to email as soon as possible.
*If you are not a current Nikon Owner subscriber, you are welcome to join or rejoin Nikon Owner when we call you to receive the benefit of booking the Christmas Event at the lower price.
MASTERS OF LIGHT: JOE McNALLY & SYX LANGEMANN
by Robert Falconer
Two generations of indefatigable Nikon shooters discuss their careers and the trials and jubilations of being a professional photographer with Robert Falconer.
ANDREW MAIN WILSON’S EPIC ADVENTURE
The Long & Winding Road Across the World
Andrew Main Wilson’s epic photographic odyssey continues as he travels to every one of the world’s 200 countries. This time he is in China to shoot The Giant Buddha of Leshan, a 71-metre tall colossus.
ANGEL EYES XVIX
by Heather Angel
Madagascar is known for its lemurs and as the chameleon capital of the world, but it is also home to many other intriguing animals and plants. Heather Angel meets the bizarre Male giraffe weevil.
LONG & LUSCIOUS – AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL VR NIKKOR
by Simon Stafford & John Cumberland
Simon Stafford and long-term Nikon Owner subscriber John Cumberland describe their experiences using the Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL VR.
HOW TO… Use Picture Controls
by Becky Danese
A feature that has often been promoted by Nikon is the ability of their DSLRs and the Nikon 1 system to process images in-camera while the shot is being taken. Becky Danese shows us how…
THE TONY HURST GALLERY – Part X
Words by Gray Levett
In this issue, Tony Hurst shoots a rare 5cm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor which was designed for Nikon rangefinder cameras.
NIKON D810 PREVIEW
by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford presents an overview of Nikon’s latest FX DSLR, the D810