Sebastiao Salgado “…I looked through a lens – and photography immediately started to invade my life.”
A photography group that was established in Spring 2013 is holding its first public exhibition from 2 December.
Lawn Photographic Association, which is led by professional photographer Deborah Coleman, meets weekly and encourages members to share skills and techniques in photography and develop their talents.
The group has now whittled down the works they have created to around 40 images, which are being hung in the Cakes and Ale café/restaurant in Devizes Road, Old Town.
The exhibition of 13 members’ works will run from the evening of Monday 2 December to Saturday 14 December.
The range and style of photographs being exhibited is as eclectic as the photographers themselves.
One of the exhibitors, Linda Shand, 78, of The Lawns, took up photography while caring for her late husband, more than 22 years ago.
A former state registered nurse, who has also published several Mills and Boons novels and still cooks for a country market stall, takes photographs at night of wildlife in her garden. Her three photos of foxes are being mounted on wood, to reflect the wooden fencing surrounding her garden.
“I enjoy looking through the camera lens because it makes me focus on one particular thing, and then you actually see an awful lot,” said Linda.
“I think of myself as a real novice, but Deb is so stimulating that I forget about the fact that I’m not very technically adept and really enjoy it.”
Suzy Roy, 54, an holistic therapist, uses her camera to record and review what she has done in a day.
“I lost my sight when I was 28 years old, and although I got some of it back by using holistic therapy, I don’t have any detail,” says Suzy.
“The camera works as a visual aid for me. I’m going to show images of the Winter Wonderland fair in London.
"I went there with friends and although I didn’t go on any of the rides, the sounds and the flashes were enough to keep me occupied, and then when I came back I could just put the photos onto my computer and enlarge them to look at to get an idea what had been going on around me all day.”
Dave Sanders, 48, a project engineer for a water company, has been taking photographs seriously for around five years.
“I love lifestyle portraits and will be showing some portraits based on the 1960s,” said Dave.
“I was inspired by a talk by Chris Duffy, the son of 1960s photographer Brian Duffy who took iconic fashion and portrait photographs, and being in this group has really helped me.
"The different levels of skills and expertise means that we teach and are taught, and it’s not in the least bit pretentious, just a very levelled and good group.
"Debbie has loads of drive and enthusiasm, and it’s exciting that we can actually show what we’ve been able to do so far.”